But don’t pencil him in to start Saturday’s game against Arkansas just yet. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said it could be a “game-time decision” whether Marshall will take the field with the first-team offense on its initial possession against the Razorbacks.
“Nothing’s changed,” Malzahn said following Wednesday’s practice. “It’s still day-to-day. No new news on that.”
Malzahn said the coaching staff has been keeping tabs of how Marshall responds in practice, making sure he’s had no issues passing the ball after injuring his throwing shoulder in last week’s victory over Florida Atlantic.
“He’s our starting quarterback, “Malzahn said. “Anytime you know, you want to make sure that he can do what he does and make sure that he gives you the best chance of winning.”
FILM FLAP: When Arkansas coach Bret Bielema found fault with film Auburn provided to his team earlier this week, he said he followed protocol by taking his concerns to the SEC’s league office Monday.
Bielema said the conference got back to him later that same day. Since then, though, there has been no further interaction between the two parties.
“Other than the conversations that we had on Monday, we haven't (heard) anything back yesterday or today,” Bielema said during his time on the SEC coaches’ teleconference Wednesday. “Just a couple correspondences with the league office and that's all we can talk about.”
There was never an attempt by Bielema to reach out to any of the Tigers’ coaching staff.
But he didn’t refute that other Razorback coaches may have contacted their colleagues in Auburn.
“Myself, no. There were people on our staff, but again all I did was notify the SEC on Monday morning when it came up,” he said. “That was the protocol I was instructed to do, and that's where it led.”