Maisel: Marshall's improbable growth

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Improbability is a word that Auburn has grown accustomed to hearing. The team that went 3-9 a year ago is playing for the crystal football. The Prayer at Jordan-Hare and the Kick Six propelled the No. 2 Tigers into the VIZIO BCS National Championship against No. 1 Florida State on a wave of momentum.

Those narratives have obscured the rise of quarterback Nick Marshall, and if the junior transfer from Georgia via Garden City (Kan.) Community College is comfortable anywhere, it's in obscurity, writes Ivan Maisel.