When Georgia Bulldogs star running back Todd Gurley tore up the SEC a season ago, head coach Mike Richt and many Georgia fans likely forgot about former budding star Keith Marshall.
Between Gurley and true freshman Nick Chubb, Marshall slipped way down the depth chart and the former next big thing in Georgia football eventually suffered a season ending leg injury. Prior to injury, the Raleigh, North Carolina native had rushed for just 24 yards appearing in only the first three games of the season.
“I wouldn’t say (Marshall) is 100 percent, but he did get more reps,” head coach Mark Richt said in comments distributed by the school. “He got more work than I thought he would. He did get some reps, which is good for him and good for his fellow backs. It takes a little pressure off of them.”
Entering college, Marshall was rated the second best overall running back in the 2012 recruiting class and shined during his freshman campaign, accumulating 759 yards and eight touchdowns in 14 games.
Now, it will be Marshall’s goal to revert back to his previous form and it will begin with a strong spring performance.
Still, it remains uncertain whether Marshall will participate in the team’s spring game, however, the contest offers him an excellent opportunity to rise up the Bulldogs depth chart.
Marshall’s stiffest competition will come from the aforementioned Chubb, who appears poised for a Heisman Trophy season with a less crowded backfield. Nonetheless, anything is capable of happening to running backs and a guy like Marshall must prove to the coaching staff that he’s ready to go on short notice.
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