Standout cover man Nick Marshall re-ups with Riders

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed defensive back Nick Marshall to a one-year contract extension through the 2020 season. 

Marshall had one NFL workout with the Cincinnati Bengals in December, but elected to stay in Regina.

He initially signed with the Riders in April of 2018 and played 13 games in his rookie season making 26 tackles, intercepting three passes – two of which he returned for touchdowns – and forced one fumble. Marshall also took on short yardage quarterback duties, scoring seven touchdowns on 18 carries.

Marshall followed up his rookie season with an even better 2019 season that included 39 tackles, five interceptions, one touchdown and a fumble recovery. The 27-year-old’s interception total ranked third place in the CFL.

Prior to joining the Riders, Marshall spent two NCAA seasons at Auburn University (2013-2014) where he played quarterback for the Tigers. Marshall completed 320-of-532 passes for 4,508 yards with 34 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and rushed 325 times for 1,866 yards and 23 touchdowns. 

The Pineview, Georgia native led Auburn to the 2014 BCS National Championship Game, which the Tigers lost to Florida State University. Marshall spent one season at Garden City Community College, where he played quarterback in 2012, but began his college career as a cornerback at the University of Georgia in 2011.

Marshall signed an undrafted free agent NFL contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015 and played in 13 games during his rookie year. He recorded 13 tackles with one pass knockdown while returning 13 kicks for 346 yards and five punts for 30 yards.

The New York Jets signed Marshall away from the Jags practice squad in 2016 and he suited up in eight games for gang green. Marshall made five tackles, returned 12 kicks for 228 yards and six punts for 39 yards.

Even thought Marshall wasn’t voted a West Division or CFL all-star in last season, the six-foot-one, 207-pounder is a highly skilled cover man.