Georgia Bulldog running back Keith Marshall (117 carries, 759 yards, and 8 TD’s) may not have garnered the eye-popping stats of his good friend and counterpart Todd Gurley (222, 1,385 yards and 17 TD’s) last season, but that doesn’t mean Dawg fans don’t know what he’s capable of when given the opportunity, a little space, and a good block or two. Marshall’s a beast in the making, and his sophomore season is already being whispered about as one that could be tailor made for great things.
While Gurley’s play in 2012 has elevated him into the national spotlight, Marshall’s solid contribution has made him a relevant part of the conversation. If not for nagging injuries here and there, who can say what he might have been able to do last season. Perhaps we’d be talking about two 1,000 yard rushers as opposed to one; after all, lest we forget, when Gurley was signed, many saw him as a nice plus to what would become a powerful North Carolina tandem; Marshall was pegged to be the show stopper from the very start—so his talent as a running back cannot and should not be questioned.
That said, with the target now squarely on Gurley’s back, and the pressure mounting for the Georgia run game to be even better in year two with No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, at the helm, both players have stepped up their game in the weight room and made certain to keep their eyes firmly focused on what lies ahead—in this case Clemson. For Marshall, in particular, that game will be his first chance to show how much his hard work in the offseason has paid off.
“I’m a lot healthier than I was last year,” Marshall said. “I’ve worked hard to get more flexible and get more knowledge about the game, pretty much the same as I’ve been doing.” (Anthony Dasher, Rivals)
Georgia fans will certainly be counting on Marshall to become an even bigger part of the offense this season as teams look to load the box on Gurley (good luck with that by the way); his skills as a pass-catcher out of the backfield will certainly come in handy.
In any event, year two of Marshall’s reign looks to be a good one…with hopefully not a sophomore slump in sight.