ATHENS - It's not yet known who will be Georgia's offensive coordinator, but one attraction to the job is two more years (presumably) of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.
But don't forget about Keith Marshall, if reports from bowl practice are a good indication.
Marshall did not play in the game, as he's pursuing a medical redshirt, but he was healthy enough to practice, and drew raves.
"A healthy Keith Marshall is very dangerous," Chubb said, when talking about next season's backfield. "I tell you, he looked good the last week of practice. He’s great. I think he had a good camp, one of the best camps actually healthy."
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Such things were said about Marshall when he arrived on campus three springs ago, an early enrollee who had been a five-star recruit. He rushed for 759 yards and eight touchdowns as a freshman - but was overshadowed by fellow freshman Todd Gurley.
A year later Marshall tore his ACL in Georgia's fifth game, one past the threshold for receiving a medical redshirt. He returned seemingly healthy for the start of this past season, but just didn't have the burst and vision of Georgia's other tailbacks. In three games, Marshall had 24 rushing yards on 12 carries, then sprained his knee and ankle against Troy. He never returned to the field.
Marshall never "got comfortable" this season, according to head coach Mark Richt, and also suffered some small setbacks later in the season. There was a hyperextension that set him back a couple days, Richt said.
“So it was just little things like that which kept him from really taking off,” Richt said.
Marshall, who is listed at 5-foot-11 and 215 pounds, also put on weight because of recovery from the surgery. Richt thinks that may have contributed to his struggles, so the goal will be to drop some weight before next season.
“We’re not saying he got fat, he just got big and strong. But we wanna get him a little bit lighter," Richt said. "Get his quickness back, and (that will) take less of a toll on the leg when you’re lighter. “But he is moving a lot better. I think he’s gained a bunch of confidence as we go.”
Richt had an interesting answer when asked how important it was for Marshall to get a medical redshirt, and thus have two more years at Georgia, instead of just one.
“I think time will tell. If he’s here two seasons from now, and he helps us win a bunch of games then we’ll say it was an awesome thing," Richt said. "If he plays next season and feels like it’s time to move on, it won’t be that big of a deal I guess.”