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Could Auburn QB Nick Marshall Be Suspended For The Arkansas Game?

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Marshall was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana days before SEC Media Days.

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Could Nick Marshall join the list of players Arkansas' won't be facing this year due to discipline issues?

Auburn's star quarterback was cited, but not arrested, for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana a few days ago. Marshall was scheduled to attend SEC Media Days with today's Auburn contingent, but Gus Malzahn decided to leave him behind after the citation.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;It&#39;s a privilege and a reward to represent Auburn at Media Days. Friday Nick lost that privilege.&quot;</p>&mdash; Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) <a href="https://twitter.com/38Godfrey/statuses/488730943775973377">July 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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The question now becomes whether Marshall has also lost the privilege and reward to represent Auburn on the field Labor Day Weekend. When asked about it today at SEC Media Days, Malzahn wouldn't answer specifically.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>From earlier: Will Gus Malzahn suspend QB Nick Marshall for the opener vs. Arkansas? He wasn&#39;t ready to say Monday - <a href="http://t.co/Hg2Rh1bJYo">http://t.co/Hg2Rh1bJYo</a></p>&mdash; Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWARobbie/statuses/488763712862318592">July 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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It appears there will be more to this story in the coming weeks.

Auburn is generally considered a little more than three touchdown favorite against Arkansas for their game on August 30th. Marshall's presence is certainly a factor in that.

Last season against the Razorbacks, Marshall completed seven of just eight pass attempts for 118 yards and rushed for 59 yards on nine carries. He's been listed as the All-SEC 1st Team quarterback on several preseason lists.

In other Auburn news from Hoover today, Malzahn did report defensive end Carl Lawson, who is returning from an All-SEC Freshman season, will be out for the year after tearing his ACL. He had two tackles against the Hogs last year.