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Auburn QB Nick Marshall
Auburn will get a bye week before heading to the Little Apple to take on Kansas State on a Thursday night tilt in late September. Thursday night games are always tricky for the road team, and the Wildcats will likely be amped up to take on the defending SEC champs.
But that goes both ways.
Tiger quarterback Nick Marshall led his team to within 13 seconds of the BCS National Championship last season, but this game could be personal for him too. When he was playing for Garden City Community College in 2012, Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder wanted Marshall to sign with the Wildcats.
He told AuburnSports.com's Jay G. Tate last May that he stopped considering Kansas State in December 2012, but Snyder faxed hand-written notes to Marshall every day for two weeks leading up to national signing day.
"He definitely wanted me there," said Marshall. "They were cool, but that's not what I wanted. I came to Kansas to get away; I didn't want to stay in Kansas. That's the last thing on my mind."
He'll stay in Kansas at least once more night during his football career, and he'll be squaring off against a Kansas State offense that should be much more consistent now that quarterback Jake Waters has a foundation to build off of from last season.