As the saying goes, speed kills. It also happens to pay.
Former Georgia running back Keith Marshall is set to receive a handsome sum of money following his NFL Scouting Combine performance, courtesy of Adidas, the athletic apparel company that sponsors him. Marshall ran an official 4.31-second 40-yard time Friday, which turned out to be the fastest time this year at the combine.
Because of the lightning-fast time, Adidas is set to pay Marshall $50,000.
Marshall, who began the 2015 season third on Georgia’s depth chart behind Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, arrived at Georgia with a reputation for being one of the fastest recruits in the country. Even after sustaining a torn ACL in 2013, which held him out of the majority of his 2014 season, Marshall showed in Indianapolis what kind of speed he still has.
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Marshall ran unofficial times of 4.29 and 4.31 seconds before earning the official 4.31 mark.
Everett Sports Marketing, which represents Marshall, announced the Adidas award on its official Facebook account.
The 40 time wasn’t the only area where Marshall excelled at the combine. He also bench-pressed 225 pounds 25 times, which was the most of any of the tailbacks (three fullbacks posted more reps). The combine performance very well could have improved Marshall’s draft stock from a potential late-rounder to as high as a day-two or fourth-round selection.
Before the 2015 season started, Marshall said he felt his speed was back to normal. But with Chubb and Michel showing what they can do in 2014 with Marshall out, it was hard for the North Carolina native to move back ahead of them once he was healthy.
When Chubb went down with a serious knee injury against Tennessee, it was assumed Marshall would be in line for more carries. Instead, he stayed at the No. 3 running back spot with Brendan Douglas earning second-team reps ahead of him in games against Missouri and Florida.
Marshall got a bigger role against Kentucky but ended up injuring his ankle. He sat out games against Auburn and Georgia Southern before returning to play against Georgia Tech and Penn State, the latter being in Georgia’s victory in the TaxSlayer Bowl.
Marshall finished his senior season with 350 yards and 3 touchdowns. His best season came as a freshman, when he ran in tandem with Todd Gurley and totaled 759 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.