Georgia arguably boasts the top running back in the SEC and perhaps the country in Todd Gurley and have an offense that could catapult the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC east standings, and that offense should be bolstered by the return of Gurley’s backfield mate, Keith Marshall, who returns from a torn ACL.
Marshall torn his ACL in the team’s 34-31 win over Tennessee on Oct. 5 and there were whispers earlier this offseason that the junior tailback would have to take a medical redshirt, but head coach Mark Richt allayed those fears at SEC Media Days on Thursday morning.
“Keith looks great,” Richt said during the final day of SEC media days via ESPN. “I’ve watched him run straight ahead; he looks outstanding in that area. I don’t know if he’d say he’s 100 percent today, but he has no limitations whatsoever in his training. He can run routes, he can pass [skeleton], he can do anything.”
Marshall and Gurley burst onto the scene as freshmen but both suffered injuries as sophomores and saw their production take a dramatic dip. Marshall ran for 246 yards and a touchdown on 56 carries prior to the injury and as a freshman ran for 759 yards and eight touchdowns.
More good news for Georgia is that Richt also had a glowing medical report for wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell who is also recovering from a torn ACL and said he “looks great” and will be ready for the start of training camp. Mitchell is an explosive playmaker who can serve as a dangerous weapon for Hutson Mason.
A healthy Marshall and Mitchell could be just what the doctor ordered for Georgia to make it to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game and earn a berth in the first College Football Playoff.