Sometimes when you have great players in your program really good ones get lost in the shuffle and buried on the depth chart. It happened to Matt Cassel who backed up Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart at USC. He wound up being picked in the seventh round and went on to have a respectable career in the NFL. In Athens, GA something similar has happened to Keith Marshall who is waiting to bust out in the NFL.
Georgia has been a factory for running backs over the year. Herschel Walker, Rodney Hampton, Garrison Hearst, Knowshon Moreno and Todd Gurley not only dominated the SEC but went on to have respectable careers in the NFL as well. Keith Marshall has shown flashes during his career in Athens but injuries and a logjam at the running back position have held him back.
This year Marshall was third string behind All-SEC back Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, who took over the starting job when Chubb went down against Tennessee. He rushed for a season high 73 yards on ten carries against Louisiana Monroe in week 1 and had two touchdowns.
In 2012 Marshall came to Georgia as a 5 star prospect with the future looking very bright. As a freshman he rushed for a career high 164 yards against UT But the injury bug caught him in 2013 and 2014.
Marshall will graduate in the Spring of 2016 and is a former member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Former Bulldogs coach Mark Richt announced in November that he would enter the NFL Draft and would not pursue a fifth year in Athens.
If Marshall can stay healthy and get an opportunity to play in the NFL he could prove to be a steal to some lucky team. He is currently projected to be a late round pick or an undrafted free agent. Should he do well in private workouts and Georgia’s pro day Marshall could improve his stock.