GARDEN CITY, Kan. | Nick Marshall knows he's in the wrong place.
The reminders are everywhere at Garden City Community College, where the dual-threat quarterback has spent the past 15 months of his life. The locker room's cinder-block walls. The stadium his team shares with a high school team that draws larger crowds. The campus that includes exactly 10 buildings allocated to academic pursuits.
This is what happens when things go wrong.
Yet Marshall, a former Georgia defensive back on the cusp of an offensive revival at Auburn, knows this is exactly where he deserves to be. He fell short of expectations in Athens. He refuses to do it again.
"I lost my chance at University of Georgia and I've done what I had to do to get another shot in college football," Marshall said last week during an exclusive interview with AuburnSports.com. "It's been a crazy year, being in Garden City and adjusting to life here. I learned a lot. I'm a better person. I'm going to show it at Auburn."
Mark Richt worried this would happen.
The Georgia head coach was smitten with Marshall during his days as a two-way starter Wilcox High in Rochelle, Ga. Marshall set a state record with 103 touchdown passes during his career with the Patriots and floored college recruiters with his overall array of athleticism.
Most schools wanted Marshall to play quarterback. The most outspoken supporter of Marshall's offensive future was Dameyune Craig, who was coaching quarterbacks at Florida State back then.
Yet Marshall, in an ironic twist, wasn't willing to move so far away from home. He instead agreed to follow Richt's plan, which centered around the idea that Marshall's skills were better suited to the secondary.
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