As much as Nick Marshall can escape opposing defenders on the field, he sure has trouble evading authorities off of it.
The Auburn quarterback was issued a citation Friday around 12:45 p.m. after Georgia police found eight to 10 grams of marijuana inside his passenger-side visor, according to ESPN reports. He was initially pulled over in Reynolds, Ga. for a window tint violation.
Marshall was cited for violating two city ordinances and won't have to appear in court as long as he pays the fines of $1,000 (for marijuana possession) and $100 for the tint violation.
First of all, Auburn fans shouldn't be too hard on Marshall for this.
The situation could have been much worse. The senior wasn't driving recklessly in the middle of the night, as is in the case in many of these cases where athletes are pulled over. He wasn't even actively smoking the drug and wasn't charged with any sort of impairment.
When it comes to athlete scandals, this is pretty far down the list.
If anyone is especially surprised that a college kid on one of the nation's top football programs happens to smoke some bud then they clearly haven't seen any of the numerous cases publicized in the national media in recent times.
That being said, the bigger problem here is Marshall's inability throughout his career to avoid making news for the wrong reasons.
Not the first time
Before Auburn's magical run to an SEC Championship and a berth in the BCS National Championship game against Florida State, Marshall's career was derailed by other off-the-field issues.
The 6-foot-1, 201-pound Marshall was a cornerback for the Georgia Bulldogs in February 2012 when he was kicked off the team for "violating team rules." The widely-accepted reason at the time was that Marshall and receiver Sanford Seay were connected to an incident of stealing money.
The pair were allegedly caught stealing from another teammate.
At that time, Georgia head coach Mark Richt said he thought Marshall could be an all-conference type of performer at cornerback.
"It's a privilege to play college football and to be a part of this team and University," Richt said in a statement.
"Along with the privilege comes certain responsibilities. Mistakes were made, and part of our job is helping them learn from mistakes."
It seems like when things are going well for Marshall, he has a way of also garnering negative attention.
Marshall transferred to Garden City (Kansas) Community College, switched to quarterback and then led the Tigers in their upstart run with 1,976 passing yards and 14 touchdowns to six interceptions, plus 1,068 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground.
This news shouldn't rock the boat too much, but it will invite added scrutiny to Marshall, especially as he prepares for his final season as Auburn's signal-caller before surely declaring for the 2015 NFL Draft.
For his part, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has released a statement in response to the citation.
"I am aware of the situation that happened earlier today with Nick," Malzahn said in his statement. "I'm very disappointed and I will address it with him accordingly."
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