Backup says Nick Marshall will win Heisman _lowres

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2013, file photo, Auburn quarterbacks Jeremy Johnson (6) and Nick Marshall (14) warm up during the first day of NCAA college football practice in Auburn, Ala. Johnson says he has no idea if he's starting against Arkansas with starter Nick Marshall being held out for at least the opening. He does have one prediction: Marshall will win the Heisman Trophy. (AP Photo/, Julie Bennett, File) MAGS OUT

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn’s backup quarterback predicts Nick Marshall will win the Heisman Trophy this season.

“He led us to the national championship (game), and we were 13 seconds away,” Jeremy Johnson said. “And this year he got better at passing, better at running, better at making reads. He’s become a leader on this team, and I’ve never seen him so amped at practice every day the way he is, the way he comes out. So I know for a fact he’ll win the Heisman.”

The common presumption is that Johnson will be the starter against Arkansas on Aug. 30. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has said only that Marshall won’t start the game after the quarterback was cited for possession of a small amount of marijuana in July.


freshman Holley to miss year after surgery: In Gainesville, Florida, UF freshman Thomas Holley will miss the season following urgery Monday to repair torn cartilage in his hip joint.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive tackle will need about four months to recover, Florida coach Will Muschamp said, and should be ready for spring practice. He will get a medical redshirt, leaving him with four years of eligibility.


Towles chosen to bE starting QB: In Lexington, Kentucky, UK coach Mark Stoops has named redshirt sophomore Patrick Towles as the starting quarterback. The 6-foot-5, 238-pounder was redshirted last season after playing five games as a freshman.


RB Mixon suspended for season: In Norman, Oklahoma, OU has suspended freshman running back Joe Mixon for the season after he pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of assault. Mixon is accused of knocking a woman unconscious with a punch and breaking several bones in her face last month.


Ex-Longhorn Bergeron joins Texas A&M-Commerce: In Commerce, Texas, former Texas running back Joe Bergeron, who was dismissed from the team for undisclosed rules violations, has enrolled at Texas A&M-Commerce and is eligible to play this fall because the Lions are a Division II school.


Purdue picks Etling over Appleby as starting QB: In West Lafayette, Ind., Danny Etling will be Purdue’s starting quarterback when Western Michigan visits Aug. 30. Coach Darrell Hazell made the announcement Monday.

Louisiana Tech

WR GRIFFIN GETS SIXTH YEAR: In Ruston, the NCAA has granted Louisiana Tech wide receiver Sterling Griffin a sixth year of eligibility, the school announced Monday.

Griffin had 357 yards on 33 catches last year.

Tech coach Skip Holtz was Griffin’s head coach at South Florida when the receiver sat out the 2010 season because of an ankle injury in the offseason and then again in 2012, when Griffin tore his ACL. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Griffin transferred to Tech to complete his collegiate career.


WR York dismissed from team: Wide receiver Csont’e York, who is facing assault charges, has been dismissed from Michigan.