Georgia Football: Forgetting Keith Marshall


Keith Marshall has become the forgotten man in the Georgia Bulldogs backfield. That doesn’t mean he can’t still bring it.

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The Running game is definitely something to be excited about if you are a Georgia fan. I enjoyed watching Todd Gurley run, jump, hurdle, and shake people for the past few seasons. Many of us are feeling comforted with the knowledge that even though we no longer have Gurley, we have Nick Chubb who can likely do just as much damage if not more than Gurley did in his tenure.

What many of you are forgetting though is that former 5-star, number one running back who Mark Richt recruited right along side Gurley. Y’all…we have Keith Marshall and you must not forget that.

Keith Marshall has been plagued with injuries for the majority of his college career, but before he was injured he was a darn good running back with unparalleled speed. He is a champion track star and I believe now that he’s likely fully recovered, that speed will transition well on the Georgia offense.

After being granted a redshirt last season, Marshall has had plenty of time to rehab and heal his entire body, and word is from Athens that he’s chomping at the bit to get going. It was obvious early last season that he still wasn’t quite confident in the knee that had been surgically repaired, but he is ready to come back as strong as ever now.

Oct 5, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt (left) looks on as Georgia running back Keith Marshall (4) attempts to stand after being injured during the first half against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Georgia won 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Think about this – defensive coordinators all over the SEC are now not only going to have to plan for the raw power of Nick Chubb and then blinding speed and quickness of Sony Michel, but the combination of the two put together in Keith Marshall at any given time.

Oh yeah, and then that bruiser, Brendan Douglas, coming in to punish their defensive lines when any of the above three need a breather.

Nightmarish, to say the least.

Yes, it’s great be excited about Nick Chubb and Sony Michel (their play on the field warrants such excitement) but we musn’t forget that Marshall put up some huge numbers alongside Gurley during their freshman season and could be a powerhouse if combined with Chubb next season.

So “Gurshall” may be gone, but Chubb and Marshall may be an even stronger one-two-punch for the Dawgs next season so get your nick names ready!

Charshall? No. Mubb? Lord, no.

Eh, screw the nick names and let’s just yell Go Dawgs!

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