Auburn QB Nick Marshall pays pot citation, avoids court date

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

Nick Marshall accounted for 3,079 yards and 26 TDs in 2013
Nick Marshall accounted for 3,079 yards and 26 TDs in 2013. (USATSI)

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Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has paid the fines for his pot citation from earlier this month, authorities have confirmed.

Reynolds, Georgia police chief Lonnie Holder told the Associated Press Thursday that Marshall's mother, Shalina Cliett, paid the fines. By paying the $1,100 fine for a small amount of marijuana ($1,000) and a window tint violation ($100), Marshall avoids a court date in Georgia on Sept. 10.

While the payment closes the case on the legal side, there is still the subject of whether or not Marshall will miss any playing time as a result of the traffic stop.

"Nick made a mistake and he'll have to deal with the consequences. I'm not ready to say what those consequences are at this time, but he will deal with it," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said at SEC Media Days last week. "I know he's regretful and feels very bad about it."

One week later and Malzahn's message is still the same. Auburn opens the 2014 season at home against Arkansas , which heightens the interest in Marshall's status. Given the pressures of a division game for the defending SEC West champions, this will continue to be the number one question on the mind of fans when the Tigers open fall camp on Aug. 1.

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