Getting to Know Keith Marshall…again

I don’t get caught up too much in recruiting..especially this early. It is nice that Georgia has so many commitments this early, and the 2013 class is going to have to be huge.  I do like National Signing Day.  I did a retrospective series looking at recruiting in the Richt era last year around NSD.  But this early, living and dying on what a recruit says on Twitter or what not just doesn’t interest me.  Following the whims of a 17 or 18 year old is not a productive use of my time. 

I knew Keith Marshall was a good get for the Dawgs.   When Marshall arrived on campus, much was made of him beating Malcom Mitchell in a foot race.  You can see that Marshall is very fast.

I knew Marshall was fast, but I thought he was more a Thomas Brown size.  Here is Marshall’s profile on Scout.  He is listed here at 5’11 and 190 lbs.  I was under the false impression that Marshall was more in the 170 lb range. 

5’11” and 190 lbs. is not all that big…but it isn’t that small either.  Considering he has been on campus since January and will have 9 months working out in a college program, he might be pushing 200 lbs. come September 1st.  There is room to grow there.

Here are Marshall’s highlights from his senior season:

I am always a bit cautious when looking at a player’s highlight reel.  I mean, all of these elite players dominate their high school competition.  But you can tell that Marshall is an explosive player with great speed once he hits his second gear. 

Perhaps the drop off from Crowell to Marshall won’t be as bad as I had orinigally feared earlier in the week

There is a big difference between a true freshman and a true sophomore, though.  But if Marshall can get some weight on him, maybe the running game won’t suffer too much.



9 Responses to “Getting to Know Keith Marshall…again”

  1. 1 Rick Nelson July 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Keith’s head is on right. Major difference between that and a red shirt sophomore that has not figured out his opportunity.

  2. 2 TwiddleDee July 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Agree Corbin, good thinking, since he’s taller and heavier, and has some some plays from high school on video, this overcomes his lack of SEC experience, and so the running game will not suffer. Makes a lot of sense to me, really good points.

    • 3 Corbindawg July 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Never said it would. But you can increase 10-15 lbs and be a little stronger and durable to run between the tackles to be an everydown back. I even said I was cuatious about getting excited watching HS film. You are clearly an idiot.

  3. 4 TwiddleDee July 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Richard Samuel is 6′ 2”, and 245 lbs, and that extra weight helped him average 2.7 yards per carry. Maybe Marshall’s weight will do the same.

  4. 5 TwiddleDee July 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Onterio McCalebb is 5′ 11” and 175 lbs, but averages 6 yards per carry, good receiver, and uses his speed. maybe Marshall needs to go for speed, and keep his weight down to Onterio McCalebb’s, we already got Malcome and Samuel to be the big hitters for short yardage.

  5. 6 CampMoonshine July 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Marshall putting on 10-15 pounds, has nothing to do with it, Marshall or Gurley have never played a down of hard nosed South Eastern conference ball, the best producers keep transferring out due to ridiculous rotation schemes or various entitlement issues at the running back position (Thomas & Ealey–why do top producers keep transferring?), Crowell and King are both in legal trouble and face serious potential jail time (why does Richt recruit these kind of people?), and Malcome and Samuel wern’t productive when they did play (perhaps size doesn’t matter and speed does?).

  6. 7 Greg July 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I think Marshall said on his twitter page that he is already a little over 200 …202 to be exact. Doesn’t surprise me since he was an early enrollee. He has clearly taken advantage of that time to get bigger and stronger and to learn the playbook. I’m confident that the combination of Marshall and Gurley will be more productive than Crowell…unless the O-line is a disaster.

  7. 8 I'm a Dawg July 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Joe T’s strength program had Crowell missing in action most of the season, that’s where we need to start if we’re gonna fix anything. If Joe T does the same strength program with Marshall, as he did with Crowell, gonna be a long season watching Brandon Harton run. Our guys also struggled in 2nd halfs again, Joe T was supposed to fix that with his conditioning program but it didn’t help a darn bit as our guys tired out against Boise, SC, LSU, and Mich St after halftime, as ususal. Is Joe even qualified to run the program?

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