Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall, who was cited by police for possession of marijuana in July, won’t start in the season opener against Arkansas.
Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said Friday after the first practice of preseason camp that neither Marshall nor cornerback Jonathon Mincy, who was arrested and charged with second-degree marijuana possession in late June, will be on the field when the game starts.
Malzahn didn’t say how long they’ll remain on the bench, or whether they’ll play in the game.
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.
CLEMSON: While coach Dabo Swinney said senior Cole Stoudt won the quarterback job in the spring and earned the chance to start the opener at Georgia on Aug. 30, he will be pressured by freshman Deshaun Watson, one of the country’s top prep prospects who accounted for Georgia state marks with 17,134 yards and 218 touchdowns.
ALABAMA: Starting nose guard Brandon Ivory, fellow defensive lineman Jarran Reed and linebacker Tim Williams have been suspended for violating team rules.
“Each guy can return to the team upon completion of the requirement of what they have to do relative their suspension,” coach Nick Saban said. “We have no date that I can give you when that’s going to be completed.”
SOUTH CAROLINA: The Gamecocks opened their first practice of fall camp with a lot of expectations, but not a lot of superstars.
Friday’s drills were a typical opening practice for coach Steve Spurrier.
He had something to complain about: Both centers botched snaps.
He also had praise for his backup quarterback Connor Mitch, who Spurrier said looked as if he practiced over the summer.
PITTSBURGH: Sophomore defensive back Titus Howard has been suspended for the 2014 season by coach Paul Chryst.
Chryst cited disciplinary reasons when handing out the suspension Friday.
Howard played in 11 games as a freshman last year.