Keith Marshall (American football)
|Georgia Bulldogs — No. 4|
|Date of birth:February 16, 1994|
|Place of birth: Raleigh, North Carolina|
|Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)||Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school: Raleigh (NC) Millbrook|
|Stats at ESPN.com|
High school career
Marshall was 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds as a senior high school running back. Scout.com rated him a five-star prospect and the No. 1 running back in the class of 2012. Marshall was recruited by Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon who first observed Marshall as a sophomore halfback. Marshall committed to Georgia on 6 December 2011 and attempted to sway high school track friend Todd Gurley to commit to Georgia instead of Clemson University. Gurley committed to Georgia five weeks later. The pair wanted a combined talent similar to the rushing tandem of Alabama's Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram.
Marshall’s high school coach Clarence Inscore praised the synergy saying, "The idea of two highly recruited athletes ... playing the same position, a lot of people would say, man, that's kind of crazy, you're going to give up a lot of your carries. They were so mature in having that forethought to think, ... it's going to take two guys to get it done in the SEC."
Track and field
Also an accomplished athlete, Marshall competed on the school’s track team as a sprinter, and participated in the 2011 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as well as the 2011 NCHSAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship in the 100 meters. He was named the 2011 Gatorade Track & Field Athlete of the Year for the State of North Carolina. He won the 100-meter dash at the 2011 USATF Region 16 Championships, with a time of 10.44 seconds. He also placed first in the 200-meter dash at the 2011 CAP8 Conference Meet, at 21.54 seconds. At the NCHSAA 4A Mid-East Championships, he earned first place finishes in both the 100 meters (10.20s) and 200 meters (21.30s).
|100 meters||10.20||Raleigh, North Carolina||April 27, 2011|
|200 meters||21.30||Raleigh, North Carolina||April 27, 2011|
Marshall and Gurley, endearingly nicknamed “Gurshall” by fans, rushed a combined 964 yards in their first five games during the 2012 season. Marshall has averaged 85.6 rushing yards for his first five games.
Marshall’s first freshman honor was the SEC Freshman of the Week award conferred alongside Gurley for their performance in Georgia’s win over Tennessee. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was also awarded making it the first time the SEC named three players for an award.
For his second, and best, 100-yard game (played on September 29, 2012), Marshall carried for 164 yards and two touchdowns (75 and 72 yards) in 10 carries. The game was Georgia’s best rushing game for a single player since Washaun Ealey’s 183 yards against Georgia Tech in 2009.
- Stewart Mandel (4 October 2012). "Freshmen backs Gurley, Marshall off to electrifying start at Georgia". SI.com. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
- Barrett Sallee (2 October 2012). "Georgia's Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall Are SEC's Best RB Duo Since...". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
- Chip Towers (1 October 2012). "Sanders Commings, Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall honored by SEC for performances vs. Vols". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 7 October 2012.