Auburn's Marshall, Mincy to sit

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn star quarterback Nick Marshall, who was cited by police for possession of marijuana last month, will not start Week 1 against Arkansas, according to coach Gus Malzahn.

Marshall burst on the scene last season with 1,976 passing yards and 26 total touchdowns, leading Auburn to an SEC title and a berth in the Vizio BCS National Championship.

Malzahn declined to say just how long Marshall would sit against Arkansas.

"I'm not ready to say that yet," he said.

Malzahn said that the inability to start is "part of the punishment."

"The rest is between us," he added.

In addition to Marshall, cornerback Jonathon Mincy will not start Week 1. The three-year starter was arrested and charged with second-degree marijuana possession in late June.

"I will say this: Nick Marshall is still our quarterback and Jonathon Mincy is still our cornerback," Malzahn said.

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