Riders retain lock down cover man Nick Marshall for 2021 CFL season

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American defensive back Nick Marshall to a one-year contract extension through the 2021 season. 

The six-foot-one, 207-pound Marshall will be back with the Riders for a third season coming off a strong sophomore campaign that saw him make 39 tackles, five interceptions — third-most in the CFL — with one touchdown and a fumble recovery.  

Marshall initially signed with Saskatchewan in April 2018 and went on to play 13 games that season making 26 defensive tackles, one forced fumble and three interceptions — two of which he returned for touchdowns. Marshall also took on short yardage quarterback duties, scoring seven touchdowns on 18 carries.

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

He 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.

Marshall had one NFL workout with the Cincinnati Bengals in December 2019, but elected to stay with the Riders.