AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall and cornerback Jonathon Mincy won’t start in the Tigers’ opener against Arkansas, while guard Alex Kozan is out for the season.
Coach Gus Malzahn made those announcements Friday after the defending Southeastern Conference champions finished their first practice of preseason camp. He didn’t say how long Marshall or Mincy will remain on the bench against the Razorbacks on Aug. 30.
That means sophomore QB Jeremy Johnson will start his second career game and first against an SEC foe.
Marshall was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and a window tint violation during a July 11 traffic stop in Georgia. Mincy, who has 29 career starts, was arrested and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana in June.
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama opened preseason camp with a quarterback competition, several suspended players and a focus on rebounding from a pair of season-ending defeats.
The Crimson Tide veterans hit the practice field Friday with starting nose guard Brandon Ivory, fellow defensive lineman Jarran Reed and linebacker Tim Williams suspended for violating team rules, but also with a prominent newcomer throwing passes.
Quarterback Jacob Coker made his practice debut after transferring from Florida State and arriving this summer. He and last year’s backup Blake Sims are vying to replace 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist AJ McCarron, but Tide coach Nick Saban said they’re in no rush to pick a starter for the Aug. 30 opener against West Virginia.
- Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell has endured another setback in his bid to rejoin the Bulldogs. Mitchell, who was regarded as the team’s top receiver going into the 2013 season, underwent arthroscopic surgery after re-injuring his right knee running pass routes with teammates this week.
- Pittsburgh sophomore defensive back Titus Howard was suspended for the 2014 season by coach Paul Chryst for undisclosed disciplinary reasons. Howard played in 11 games as a freshman, with 21 tackles and two pass breakups.
- Miami linebackers coach Micheal Barrow is taking a sabbatical and will miss the season to tend to an undisclosed family matter.