Georgia has a ‘Marshall Plan’ for Nebraska in Capital One Bowl

Georgia's Keith Marshall breaks loose on a 62-yard touchdown run against Auburn. The freshman tailback has less yards rushing than Todd Gurley but led the Bulldogs in runs of more than 50 yards. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Georgia’s Keith Marshall breaks loose on a 62-yard touchdown run against Auburn. The freshman tailback has less yards rushing than Todd Gurley but led the Bulldogs in runs of more than 50 yards. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

ORLANDO, Fla. — After Todd Gurley ran for 1,260 yards this season – and 122 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in the SEC Championship game – the tendency is to think that fellow freshman Keith Marshall is a less valuable back for Georgia at this stage in his young career.

Marshall had just two carries against Alabama. But offensive coordinator Mike Bobo insisted Saturday that Marshall remains more of a 1-B option to Gurley. Injuries and extenuating circumstances, he said, had more to do with Marshall’s reduced presence toward the end of the season than Gurley’s special talents.

“(Marshall) did not get as many touches in the Alabama game, but that’s just how the game went and how the other guy was running the ball,” Bobo said during a Capital One …

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