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Marshall "day-to-day;" Bielema says game film incomplete

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AUBURN, Ala. -

For the second straight conference game, Auburn enters the week unsure about the health of their starting quarterback.

Nick Marshall injured his throwing shoulder in Saturday's win over Florida Atlantic, leaving the game in the second quarter. He was initially hurt when he lowered his shoulder into a defender near the Auburn sideline in the first quarter, then was knocked out when he fell on the shoulder during a sack a quarter later.

"I was not aware of that," Malzahn said of the initial hit. "After the game, some things were brought to my attention that he tried to run the guy over. We have to do a better job of educating him on when to get down and get out of bounds."

That is not the only intrigue surrounding Saturday's contest.

On Monday, Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema said the game film Auburn sent to him was incomplete.

"Shall we say, the TV copy doesn't match the film copy," Bielema said. "It's something that we've been aware of for the last week and a half in getting our preparation. We can use other film and stuff like that to make sure we're getting the full picture."

Specifically, the problems Bielema was referring to came on an Auburn extra point. The Tigers sometimes use a "swinging gate" formation—called "Batman"—on extra points, usually the first in a game. Defensive back Ryan White lines up in the shotgun, then makes the call as to whether they will go for two or shift into a traditional kicking formation and kick.

Bielema said the film showed just the kick, and not the shift.

"Regarding the film exchange issue that was brought to my attention, we'll say this: We'll always operate with the utmost integrity in everything we do," Malzahn said. "If there's ever anything I don't know about that's brought to my attention, we'll deal with it in a prompt manner. The SEC office is aware of all the details on both sides."

Auburn travels to Arkansas for a 6:00 p.m. ET kickoff Saturday. It will be the fourth time Malzahn has returned to his home state.

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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