Auburn starting quarterback Nick Marshall met the media on Sunday. It was the first public statement from the senior quarterback since being issued a citation for possession of marijuana.

“I made a mistake and I’m just trying to gain the trust back from my coaches, my teammates and Auburn’s fans,” said Marshall, according to a report. “I’m just going to accept my punishment with open hands.”

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn announced that Marshall will not start the season-opener against Arkansas. Jeremy Johnson has been earmarked to start the Aug. 30 contest despite the fact that offensive coordinator Rheet Lashlee hasn’t told Johnson he is starting.

Marshall, who was visible upset according to the arresting sheriff when he was pulled over back on July 11, said he’ll turn the situation into a positive.

“The incident that happened is just going to change me and make me a better man,” Marshall said.