Auburn QB Nick Marshall apologetic in first public comments since marijuana citation

Graham Watson
August 11, 2014
Auburn's Marshall pays citations in Georgia
FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2013 file photo, Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall (14) watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Auburn, Ala. Marshall has paid the fines for possession of a small amount of marijuana and a window tint violation. Reynolds, Georgia police chief Lonnie Holder said Thursday, July 24, 2014, that Marshall's mother, Shalina Cliett, paid the $1,100 in fines. (AP Photo/Jay Sailors, File)

Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall is not shying away from his mistakes.

In his first public comments on Sunday, Marshall admitted his faults, apologized to Auburn and said he’s working hard to regain the trust of coaches, teammates and fans.

"It was tough because when that happened it was like the whole team was in that car with me, and also the coaching staff," Marshall said. "I felt bad about it but then again I came up here and I apologized and I told them it wouldn't happen again. They accepted me back with open hands.”

Marshall was cited for marijuana possession in July after he was stopped for a window tint violation and officers smelled marijuana in the car. They searched the car and found marijuana residue.

Marshall’s mother paid $1,100 in fines to clear her son.

The citation cost Marshall, who helped lead the Tigers to the BCS National Championship game last season, a trip to SEC media days and his starting spot for the season opener against Arkansas on Aug. 30.

It wasn’t the first time Marshall had been in trouble. The whole reason Marshall found himself at Auburn was because he was dismissed from Georgia after he and two teammates were caught stealing from another teammate.

Marshall has worked hard to get away from the stigma that Georgia incident caused, but knows the police citation was a step in the wrong direction.

"What happened in Georgia, that's in the past," Marshall said. "I'm not worried about that right now. I'm trying to gain my trust back from my team and my coaches and also the Auburn fans."

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