kith/kin, Pineview GA, college football, Auburn Tigers, Nick Marshall: I’ve never pulled for Auburn … but one certain small town boy making good may do it … And I must quote my brother on this …
More football turmoil in the Lindsey family: On top of yesterday\’s devastating football day for the our family as the Georgia Bulldogs, Army Black Knights, North Carolina Tar Heels, and Davidson Wildcats all went down in defeat, my sainted mother is now facing a deep football and spiritual crisis (in the South these two words are synonymous) of her own. She is devout and ever loyal Alabama alum who believes that Bear Bryant belongs on Mount Rushmore. However, Auburn\’s quarterback Nick Marshall hails from her hometown of Pineview, GA (Pop: 500) where my grandfather, great grandfather, and great great grandfather farmed for over 150 years. I am uncertain how she is going to resolve this Shakespearean level moral conflict between great hometown pride and deep Crimson Tide loyalty. I do not expect a War Eagle cry but I suspect she will show at least a Mona Lisa smile toward her hometown’s new hero.
via Edward Lindsey.
The junior from Pineview, Ga. came back after sitting out last week\’s game to complete 11-of-23 passes for 236 yards, two passing touchdowns, 100 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. With the help of a punishing ground attack, Marshall led his Tigers back from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to give the Tigers a 45-41 win and move them to 6-1 (3-1 SEC).
After Manziel took it in from a yard out to give Texas A&M a 41-38 lead, Marshall led his team downfield on a 13-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in a five-yard Tre Mason run to give the Tigers the go-ahead touchdown.
During that drive, he hit wide receiver Marcus Davis for a 27-yard gain on 3rd and 9 all the way down to the Aggie 12-yard line. It was a perfect pass in tight coverage in a clutch situation, when Auburn was basically forced to pass—a rare occurrence in this game.
ROCHELLE, Ga. – Some 500 people and fewer than 200 families live in Pineview, Ga. Many of those families are blood relatives. Everybody knows everybody else. There\’s a closeness that comes from meeting life\’s challenges with limited resources in the rural South.
When the announcement came last Saturday that Nick Marshall would be Auburn\’s starting quarterback, a community celebrated. One of their own had made good. And nobody celebrated more than Shalena Mahoganey Cliett, Marshall\’s mother, and Earlene Mahoganey, his grandmother.
His mother, wearing an Auburn shirt, says it was a day she won\’t soon forget, even though it\’s what she expected all along.
“I was so happy I wanted to cry,” she says. “I couldn\’t cry. I was just happy.”
“He could pick up any sport and play. I think if you put a golf club in his hand he’d be a great golfer in a month.”
Marshall, who signed with Auburn in February after a spectacular season at Garden City (Kan.) Community College, says he\’ll represent his hometown proudly when he takes the field against Washington State on Aug. 31 before a crowd of 80-plus thousand at Jordan-Hare Stadium.