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Marshall may not play Saturday against Western Carolina

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AUBURN, Ala. -

Nick Marshall may not play on Saturday in Auburn's homecoming game against Western Carolina, Gus Malzahn said Wednesday night.

Marshall suffered a minor knee injury in Saturday's win over Ole Miss, when he had the best rushing performance of his Auburn career. Marshall ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries against the Rebels.

"I would say there's a chance (he doesn't play), probably not a very good chance, but a chance," Malzahn said after practice Wednesday. "We'll make that decision either tomorrow or Friday, depending on how he's doing and what our plan is. He is getting better. Matter of fact, he's feeling quite a bit better, so we'll make that decision tomorrow."

Auburn is 4-1 this year with Marshall as a starter, already surpassing 2012's win total.

"I think our team has bought in to what our coaches have tried to tell them," Malzahn said. "They're playing for the guy beside them. They're practicing hard. They're trying to improve."

Improve they have. Through five games in 2012, the Tigers were averaging just 15.4 points per game.

This season?

Almost 30. Twenty-eight-point-eight, to be exact. Offensive stats are up across the board, especially rushing yards (242.2 compared to 130.4), and total offense (426.6/292.4).

But Malzahn says there is still a ways to go.

"I'm looking for us to improve," he said. It doesn't make any difference whether we're playing Ole Miss or Western Carolina, we're going to go about it the same way. We're going to have the same approach to practice with the same intensity. We're going to worry about us, and that's what we need to be.

"We haven't arrived yet."

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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