Scouts are used to seeing collegiate players make position switches in an attempt to spark NFL interest but the jump from quarterback to cornerback is a rare one. Nick Marshall, who previously played corner at Georgia, shook off the rust quickly and was one of several prospects who made a strong impression in the South Team's first practice.
So much attention has been dedicated to four-team playoff and the unique scouting opportunity in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, but the three bowl games earlier on New Year's Day were hardly just appetizers. There were several standout performances from NFL draft prospects in the Outback Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Citrus Bowl.
It may not have been quite as dramatic as Chris Davis' game-winning touchdown return last year, but Alabama's 55-44 win more than lived up to its hype, boasting four lead-changes and unbelievable performances from two of the most gifted receivers in all of college football.
Mistakes by stars Nick Marshall, Cameron Artis-Payne and center Reese Dismukes contributed to a gut-wrenching 41-38 loss for the Tigers. Even worse, Williams, the team's leading receiver suffered what appeared to be a serious injury to his right knee.
The former five-star recruit is beginning to look comfortable playing weakside linebacker in Ellis Johnson's scheme. That's not good news for SEC opponents (or Kansas State QB Jake Waters on Thursday night) but it could be for NFL teams in need of a chase linebacker.
Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee helped led quite a resurgence with the Tigers last season. Now its Year Two for the Gus Malzahn regime. What is the staff hoping to see from QB Nick Marshall and the rest of the Tigers as they move on and play without Heisman finalist Tre Mason.