Most people around the nation probably know Oregon Ducks running back Byron Marshall as the guy Oregon puts in during blowouts wins (so, uh, almost every game). Marshall, however, was called upon to help lead the Oregon offense on Saturday night after De’Anthony Thomas went down with an ankle injury on the opening kickoff. Despite some early fumble problems in the wet conditions (and wet is an understatement), Marshall was able to put together a great game, running for 130 yards on 19 carries and scoring twice.
Marshall spoke after the contest about what it was like to fill in for one of the most explosive running backs in the nation:
I wasn’t expecting that much time in the first half actually but I can’t control that. De’Anthony went down early unfortunately and I just had to hop in and play the best I could. I’m a confident player and I step on the field just knowing what I have to do. The conditions just changed things; I’ve never played in a game like this before (Oregon Live).
Marshall admitted that the fumbles, even in the crazy weather conditions, weren’t acceptable, and he thanked his offensive line for opening up so many big holes (especially on his touchdown runs). While Oregon fans certainly are hoping Thomas can return to the field soon — and rumors out of Eugene indicate that his ankle injury isn’t serious — they can rest easy knowing the Ducks have a more than capable backup.
Oregon’s next game will be against the 2-1 Colorado Buffaloes next weekend.
[Source: Oregon Live]