Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall ~ marijuana possession

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Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall cited for marijuana possession

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Auburn returning starting quarterback Nick Marshall speaks to the media during the spring. (Julie Bennett/jbennett@al.com)

Joel A. Erickson | jerickson@al.com

AUBURN, Alabama -- Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall was cited in Reynolds, Georgia, on Friday for possession of marijuana of less than one ounce, according to Reynolds police chief Lonnie Holder.

Marshall was not arrested.

Marshall, the returning quarterback who was supposed to be part of Auburn's SEC Media Days contingent on Monday, was pulled over due to a possible window tinting violation at 12:45 p.m. on Highway 96 in Reynolds.

According to Holder, the officer detected an odor of marijuana coming from the car, and upon search of the vehicle, police found "8-or-9" grams of marijuana, which is less than an ounce.

Marshall was cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession and a window tint violation.

He has a court date set for 10 a.m. on Sept. 10, 2014, but will not have to attend that date if he pays the fines associated with the citations. A misdemeanor marijuana possession carries a $1,000 fine, and the window tint is $100.

The Auburn athletic department has not commented publicly yet.

According to the Auburn athletic department's drug policy, obtained by AL.com in an open-records request last April, a student-athlete involved in an alcohol or drug-related incident must "report the matter immediately" to the head coach, and "failure to report the incident is itself a violation and subject to sanctions."

Auburn's drug policy also states that "voluntary disclosure of the use of a banned substance by the student athlete will be considered a positive drug test. However, the penalty in this situation will not include loss of playing time and is available only for the first drug offense."

Under Auburn's drug policy, the first penalty for a positive test for marijuana includes no loss of playing time, weekly testing and counseling sessions. A second positive test includes suspension for 50 percent of a team's competitive season, and a third positive test results in being dismissed from athletic competition and athletic facilities.

Marshall, the junior college transfer who threw for 1,976 yards, rushed for 1,068 yards and produced a combined 26 total touchdowns last season, was expected to be Auburn's first returning starter at quarterback since Brandon Cox in 2007 after leading the Tigers to a 12-2 record in his first season as a starter.

After his breakout year, Marshall was widely viewed as one of the SEC's top returning quarterbacks and a Heisman contender this season.

The Rochelle, Ga., native began his career at Georgia as a cornerback, but he was dismissed from the team after his freshman year for an undisclosed violation of team rules that reportedly involved stealing money from a teammate.

After his dismissal at Georgia, Marshall transferred to Garden City (Kan.) Community College and spent one season there before landing at Auburn as a key piece of the Tigers' 2013 recruiting class, then taking over as the starter in August.
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Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:35 am

Less than an ounce....this is no big deal. Trust me on this, as we get closer and closer to August, there will be report after report of Div 1 players and many in the SEC, that will be getting kicked off the teams for their behavior. Most will involve alcohol and the vast majority, 99% will be black.
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Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:58 am

Yeah, you're probably right. The quarterback at Auburn smoking marijuana is probably no big deal.
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Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:02 am

Dont get me wrong...I find a lot wrong with smoking and smoking pot but I also find more problems with alcohol and repercussions it brings. Relatively speaking though, less than an ounce? We will hear of assaults, burglaries, fights, armed robberies, rapes and you name it before the season starts. In fact, I would bet my house that within the next two weeks, we hear of just such a report and my money says it will be in the SEC.
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Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:12 am

Certainly white players are not immune from these violations we hear about but the majority by and large are black kids from broken homes that were coddled in high school by their schools and coaches because they were great athletes. They were immune from punishment and as long as they excelled on the field, they were permitted to do anything they wanted. Next, they get a scholarship when the vast majority probably should not have even graduated from high school and the next "coddler" are the alums and the folks who give millions to the universities to keep them winning and on top. It would not surprise me one bit to find 90%+ of the SEC football players have a reading capability/aptitude of a 5th grader or worse.

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Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:19 am

The quarterback at Auburn smoking marijuana is probably no big deal.
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Sun Jul 13, 2014 5:05 pm

other option: transfer to Colorado State :lol:
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Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:19 am

Yeah really! Do they have pot breaks along with water breaks there?
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