As the third-string running back behind Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas last year, Byron Marshall played decently. Marshall rushed for 447 yards and four touchdowns in his freshman campaign, but he was a bit hesitant when it came to hitting the hole, surprising given his 5-foot-10, 207-pound frame.
In the midst of an exceptional 2013 season in which he’s performed admirably in the absence of De’Anthony Thomas, Marshall spoke with The Oregonian about how he’s improved from last season:
Last year I was timid. I was trying not to mess up, and I didn’t hit the hole hard.
I’m just trying to elevate my game. If you are not getting better, you are getting worse. So I’m just trying to get better every week.
Marshall has rushed for 109.8 yards per game in 2013 and is ranked in the top-ten nationally with an average of 6.76 yards per carry. His mark of 12 rushing touchdowns has him in an eight-way tie for first in the country.
Marshall and the Ducks will face their biggest test of the regular season next Thursday when they go on the road to take on the Stanford Cardinal.
[Source: Oregon Live]