Georgia's Keith Marshall may redshirt the 2014 season

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Keith Marshall's status for 2014 remains undecided following a torn ACL
Keith Marshall's status for 2014 remains undecided following a torn ACL. (USATSI)

Georgia running back Keith Marshall is participating in spring practice with the Bulldogs, but just because he's on the field now doesn't mean he's going to be on the field this fall.

Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo mentioned the possibility of Marshall redshirting the 2014 season back in December, and even though his recovery from a torn ACL suffered in October seems to be ahead of schedule, the redshirt remains a possibility.

"Right now the plan is to see how far along he is, and then do what's going to be best for him," said Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon. "That's going to be priority No. 1. To do what's best for him. And that way, I think everybody will be able to sleep good at night."

At the moment the top running back on Georgia's depth chart appears to be Todd Gurley, and as long as he stays healthy -- he had his own health problems last season -- odds are he'll stay there. Though if Marshall did play that wouldn't mean there wouldn't be carries for him. He had rushed for 246 yards before going down against Tennessee last season.

Still, it may serve both Georgia and Marshall to take the cautious approach this season. There's a strong chance that Gurley could leave Athens following the 2014 season and enter the NFL Draft. If Marshall sits out 2014 that would leave him with two years of eligibility remaining in 2015 and 2016.

All that said, the first priority for Marshall is to get healthy and feel comfortable on his knee. Once that's the case, everything else will sort itself out.

 
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