Come Sunday morning, the last question anyone was asking is: “where’s the running game?”. The Georgia Bulldogs did plenty of damage with Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb, and Sony Michel. However, Keith Marshall—fully recovered from the Torn ACL he sustained against Tennessee last fall—didn’t do nearly what he’d hoped, and some were left wondering if he will be able to overcome the mental recovery aspect of such an injury. After all, it’s not unusual to see a player reach his pre-injury stride a 6-12 months after the actual rehab is completed.
Well, if Coach Mark Richt is to be believed, it won’t be long before Marshall is able to get back on the proverbial horse and ride again.
“He’s fine,” Richt said Sunday night. “Coming off an injury like that, if there’s any little thing that gets tweaked, sometimes you wonder if something is going on in there. We had a couple of tests to reassure that he’s fine. So he’s good. We’re good in that regard.” (Gentry Estes, 247Sports)
It sounds like it’s really just a matter of Marshall believing he can do what he once did, and then going out and doing it—easier said than done, I’m sure.
However, with the early success of newcomers Michel, Chubb, and Isaiah McKenzie, Marshall might be feeling a bit of pressure to snap out of this malaise quickly—particularly while Georgia is still searching for help in the passing game—in order to not see his minutes on the field begin to dwindle.
Am I saying the Bulldogs would give Marshall’s touches away? By no means, I still feel Marshall is due to have a very good season, but he will need to find a way to overcome his mental demons to do so, and how quickly he’s able to do that is simply not something anyone is going to be able to predict.