Auburn QB Nick Marshall entering NFL draft as a defensive back

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Marshall’s transition back to the secondary from the quarterback position came at the Senior Bowl.

MOBILE, Ala. — Auburn’s Nick Marshall is making the move from quarterback to cornerback at the Senior Bowl.

Marshall came out to Tuesday’s practice in a yellow quarterback’s jersey initially but then worked with the defensive backs and also as a gunner on special teams.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Marshall started as a defensive back at Georgia before getting dismissed from the team.

Marshall said he made the decision to make the switch from quarterback for the draft after talking to his mother and other family members.

“It wasn’t difficult because I played cornerback also coming up,” he said. “It won’t be a hard transition or me to make. It’s something that I know if I put my mind to I can do anything that I want.”

Marshall played quarterback at junior college and led Auburn to the national championship game during the 2013 season.

He was a Maxwell Award semifinalist as a senior, passing for 4,508 yards and rushing for 1,866 in two seasons.

Marshall was on the Senior Bowl roster as a quarterback but said before practice he was open to a move.

“Whatever they ask, I’m going to do whatever they want me to play,” Marshall said. “Go out and make a good impression on them.”

This article was written by John Zenor from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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