GARDEN CITY, Kan. | Nick Marshall wants you to know something.
He's not Cam Newton. He's not going to be Cam Newton.
"I wouldn't say I'm rolling in his footsteps," Marshall said. "I'm a different guy. We had the same type of situations, but I really don't know how I'd compare (myself) to Cam Newton. It doesn't bother me at all. I'm just over it -- for real."
The comparisons are inevitable. Mobile quarterbacks from Georgia, started at Southeastern Conference schools only to get in some off-the-field trouble that prompted a move to junior college, resume SEC play at a second school, strong arms.
Yet these men accomplish things in much different ways.
Newton was 6-foot-5 and 248 pounds when he won the Heisman Trophy after the 2010 regular season. He was a quarterback, a shifty tailback and a bruising fullback in one wide-smiled package.
Marshall? He's currently 6-2 and 205 pounds. The Tigers' newest signal-caller is faster than Newton with the same kind of arm strength.
The biggest difference is on third down. Newton could barrel through defensive linemen in the "A" gap or bowl over linebackers in the "B" gap to convert on 3rd-and-4.
"I'm not that type of guy," Marshall said.
That may not be a problem. Auburn has significantly more depth at tailback these days with Cameron Artis-Payne, Tre Mason, Corey Grant and possibly newcomer Peyton Barber available to grind out tough yardage between the tackles.
Plus, Marshall will be a true home-run threat every time the Tigers run the read option with him behind center. Ten yards isn't a goal. Marshall craves the end zone and believes, without a single hint of doubt, that he can out-run and out-maneuver anyone who attempts to slow his forward progress.
Is he successful every time? Nobody is.
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