Update on UGA recruit Nick Marshall playing QB in ‘Wild Dawg’ and meeting NCAA academic requirements

Wilcox County QB Nick Marshall passed for 41 touchdowns this season and finished as Georgia's all-time leader with 102 career TD passes. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

Wilcox County QB Nick Marshall passed for 41 touchdowns this season and finished as Georgia's all-time leader with 102 career TD passes. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

Nick Marshall’s coach said he wasn’t surprised to hear UGA football coach Mark Richt mention that Marshall may play some QB in college.

Marshall is one of the most decorated quarterbacks in the history of Georgia high school football, but signed with the Bulldogs to play defensive back. Richt told reporters recently that Marshall may see time at QB in Georgia’s Wildcat formation — or the “Wild Dawg” as Richt likes to call it.

“No surprise there,” Wilcox County football coach Mark Ledford said. “We talked about that after Nick committed to play defensive back. Coach Richt called up to say that he might put some kind of package in there for him.

“After watching Nick for four years, I would say any way that Georgia could find a way to get the ball in Nick’s hands, that would be a great idea.”

What about some time at RB for Nick? Not in the regular rotation but as an emergency backup because of a sudden lack of depth? Richt hasn’t mentioned it, and Ledford said he hasn’t talked to anyone about that scenario. But anything  is possible due Nick’s overall athleticism.

“As far as using Nick in some sort of offensive way, it would be a good idea simply because the kid is phenomenal with the ball,” Ledford said. “I think he’s going to be a great defensive back. That’s Georgia’s decision on how else they may or may not use him in college.

“We’ll have to see what Nick can handle. It will be different, coming in to get some playing time. It’s tough at that level as a freshman to come in and do a lot of things.”

Now the question that has created a lot of buzz on the message boards among UGA fans: What is the latest on Nick meeting NCAA academic requirements?

Ledford confirmed that he had not gotten official approval from UGA by Tuesday, but said that Bulldog fans shouldn’t worry.

“From what I understand from Georgia on what Nick had to have, he has done all of that,” Ledford told the AJC. “I have his final grades right here. I’m not going to tell them to you [due to privacy laws] but he’s had a really good year.

“Unless something comes up — and I don’t expect it to — he’s good. When they [UGA admissions] show that Nick has met the sliding scale, he will be good. From our calculations, he is in really good  shape.”

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Enus Stokesberry

May 17th, 2011
2:33 pm

Dawg QB

May 17th, 2011
2:33 pm

Unfortunately, a lot of “Dream Team” is in academic trouble. Glad Nick isn’t one of them. Hoping for the best for all the kids.

RambleOn84

May 17th, 2011
2:34 pm

Well now it’s obvious why Tech backed out on him.

We only recruit academic excellence.

Any arrests in Athens today?

CHARLOTTE DAWG

May 17th, 2011
2:34 pm

What about Caleb King’s status?

CHARLOTTE DAWG

May 17th, 2011
2:36 pm

We only recruit academic excellence? Are you being serious?

I don’t think Reggie Ball was slated to go to the moon when he was a recruit.

Get over yourself…a$$

FDawg

May 17th, 2011
2:38 pm

RambleOn84….. Right, academic excellence. The kind of excellence that includes Joe Hamilton & Kenny Anderson.

LC Dawg

May 17th, 2011
2:38 pm

I still clearly remember the morning I woke up and read the headline that Nick had committed to the Dawgs, after months and months of speculation that he was a “silent Techie commit”.

The Techies were already counting on him to take the throne from Nesbitt.

I still find it hilarious that a kid who is a running QB in high school, refuses to play in a triple option offense, to go be a DB in the SEC.

VOLUMES were spoken that morning. VOLUMES.

FDawg

May 17th, 2011
2:43 pm

Charlotte Dawg… Rambleon84 is an a$$

MarylandDAWG

May 17th, 2011
2:44 pm

RambleON84… Your comedy routine is showing signs of improvement! Thanks for the laugh and the “high standard” excuse that you employ on every message board. Now that the laughter relating to your academic recruiting standards has subsided, let’s roll out some new material for both of our pleasure…

9 out of 10 and counting!!!! Now that’s funny!

CHARLOTTE DAWG

May 17th, 2011
2:45 pm

LC Dawg,

Nail on the head boy! That’s what I’m saying. He would be downright scary in Tech’s offense, and I would for once be scared of Tech. But he’d rather play DB for the Dawgs. HAHAHAHAHA HEHE HOHO!

Very telling indeed. This kid would have dominated at Tech….and he still became a Dawg.

What’s that tell you geeks? Academics my a$$…Tech was salivating over this kid.

UGA

May 17th, 2011
2:46 pm

Hate to disappoint you Rambleon Tech didn’t back out they were told no, I would rather play defensive back at UGA than to play in another high school offense at Tech.

LC Dawg

May 17th, 2011
2:47 pm

CHARLOTTE DAWG

May 17th, 2011
2:48 pm

I heard on the other article naming famous UGA players that Reggie Ball got in the top 10.

BWAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….His stupid butt couldn’t count to 5 and he was still “A helluva engineer” Ramble Hoopty!

Cat…or should I say..Dawg got your tounge boy?

Real Dawg Fan

May 17th, 2011
2:49 pm

@RambleON84 We only recruit academic excellence.

that statement proves you didnt go to Tech

LC Dawg

May 17th, 2011
2:53 pm

Nesbitt, Hamilton & Ball, LLP

“Leading engineers of elementary school playground equipment and the college football 4th down.”

Better Dawgs!

May 17th, 2011
2:56 pm

This Kid is a great FB player and should have a great career at UGA! Welcome Nick, the DAWG nation loves you!

DawginLex

May 17th, 2011
2:57 pm

Nick Marshall flat refused to go get beat to death running the triple option at Tech. Johnson wanted him bad. To say anything else is delusional.

I’m glad he is a DAWG. All these rumors of academic shortcomings make me sick. They come from the haters who know that if they all show up and get to play for Georgia, our opponents are in trouble.

Captain

May 17th, 2011
2:59 pm

Rambleon and the GT academic “urban myth”. Tell a lie, tell a lie over and over, tell it daily, begin to believe it yourself, tell it often enough until it takes on a life unto itself. That is the “academic/athletics” BS that is GT. The same GT that recently signed a young man who didn’t meet NCAA eligibility standards out of high school in 2010 thus could not attend the school with which he signed, Auburn. The same GT that admitted an NCAA ineligible player a few years back, the same GT that served time on NCAA probation for having played academically ineligible football players. The same GT from which Tyrone Sorrells graduated after being dismissed from The Univ of Georgia for failure to make satisfactory progress (couldn’t exit remedial studies). You GT supporters are a fine bunch you are, but your ongoing excuse making and playing the “Academic Excuse Card” has been overplayed, it’s old, it’s a lie.

LC Dawg

May 17th, 2011
3:01 pm

Captain deserves a RT

tbonedawg44

May 17th, 2011
3:02 pm

Speaking of counting (and high academic standards), how many downs do you get on offense if you are Reggie Ball? I wish the Yech haters would go play on their own nerd blog. But I would like to hear something one way or another about Caleb King.

Watkinsville Hound

May 17th, 2011
3:06 pm

I obviously hope Caleb King is in academic good standing and able to play…..

However, I was more worried about the fabricated rumor out of North Ave about John Jenkins. And that has proved to be false, and our defense looks STOUT this fall.

And if anybody wants to know where these rumors all originated, here is my guess…… http://www.stingtalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=54260

CHARLOTTE DAWG

May 17th, 2011
3:08 pm

Well said Captain…please, PLEASE for the love of god copy your above post and paste it every time one of those pencil neck geeks from the Trade School spout off those lies. They are not true! GT has just as many dummy football players as Georgia does. They care about winning too but are usually not that good at it. They get their “athletes” in just like any other school.

Thank you Captain.

Dawg Man

May 17th, 2011
3:14 pm

I hope he makes it, I’ve already got plans on the next 5 years for the National Championship game for the dawgs!!!! Heard Boise may forfeit rather than be run off the field by the dawgs

CHARLOTTE DAWG

May 17th, 2011
3:16 pm

Dawg Man is actually a cat lover…who knew?

LC Dawg

May 17th, 2011
3:16 pm

Dawg Man is a Techie trying to pose as a “Dawg man”…..

And like it’s been said before…. “A dog doesn’t bark at a parked car, only one that’s moving”.

So the fact we have haters, is a good sign.

Jason

May 17th, 2011
3:17 pm

God UGA fans are dumb. Reggie Ball had a 3.0 GPA out of high school. UGA recruits average GPA is 2.5.

Jason

May 17th, 2011
3:18 pm

LMAO Captain! I can’t take anything you say seriously.

LC Dawg

May 17th, 2011
3:20 pm

JUST hit twitter that A.J. Harmon is transferring for “personal reasons”

dawgster

May 17th, 2011
3:22 pm

Not good news for the O-line, but you have to keep up your grades, at least thats what I am hearing but can’t confirm…Good Luck AJ…go dawgs

JAWJeRDAWG

May 17th, 2011
3:34 pm

Best of luck, AJ, in academic endeavors. .. Go Dawgs!

Fake Name #1

May 17th, 2011
3:36 pm

This is why the AJC message boards are a joke and no one can be believed to be who they say they are. I can change my name this many times and yet nothing is done. this is a joke. there needs to be USER NAME registration, and Accountability.

Fake Name #2

May 17th, 2011
3:37 pm

This is why the AJC message boards are a joke and no one can be believed to be who they say they are. I can change my name this many times and yet nothing is done. this is a joke.

Fake Name #3

May 17th, 2011
3:37 pm

This is why the AJC message boards are a joke and no one can be believed to be who they say they are. I can change my name this many times and yet nothing is done. this is a joke. there needs to be USER NAME registration, and Accountability. DO you get the idea yet?

Fake Name #4

May 17th, 2011
3:38 pm

This is why the AJC message boards are a joke and no one can be believed to be who they say they are. I can change my name this many times and yet nothing is done. this is a joke. there needs to be USER NAME registration, and Accountability. I can go on all day. But i wont. 4 times is enough

Fake Name #5

May 17th, 2011
3:41 pm

ok, i can make it 5.

Fake Name #6

May 17th, 2011
3:41 pm

Or six.. who knows???

RRTDawgs

May 17th, 2011
3:42 pm

Big loss is Harmon but i hear Caleb King should be OK all dream team will be in Athens except Chris Mayes Crowell and John Jenkins are good to go .

LC Dawg

May 17th, 2011
3:46 pm

Fake Name…….

You say they are a joke yet you still troll them????

I would hate to be on a message board you care about.

JAWJeRDAWG

May 17th, 2011
3:47 pm

Is Crowell solid, Ryan? Chip reported that Jenkins was a certainty. .. Go Dawgs!

LC Dawg

May 17th, 2011
3:48 pm

When has Crowell ever been in question??

You people are spooking yourselves with fabricated allegations.

RELAX

JAWJeRDAWG

May 17th, 2011
3:50 pm

Hope it’s all just blog fodder, LC Dawg.

UGA Insider

May 17th, 2011
3:51 pm

Marshall will be opposite Brandon Boykin at starting db when the season starts and Damien Swann or Corey Moore will be starting at safety opposite Rambo. I also predict Crowell will start at rb and the kid from Valdosta will start at receiver.

RRTDawgs

May 17th, 2011
3:52 pm

Crowell is good to go i think someone was trying to stir the pot about IC .

JAWJeRDAWG

May 17th, 2011
3:55 pm

Thanks, Ryan. Thought as much.

RRTDawgs

May 17th, 2011
4:00 pm

I hope they do use Nick Marshall in some offensive package like on 3rd downs or at the goal line do what ever it takes .

dawgster

May 17th, 2011
4:06 pm

Crowell is good to go, has been from the get-go…go dawgs….

JAWJeRDAWG

May 17th, 2011
4:06 pm

After Jenkins signed, I read somewhere that he had played some at running back, especially on short-yardage situations. He would be a load to stop at the goal line! .. Go Dawgs!

RRTDawgs

May 17th, 2011
4:15 pm

With the lost of Harmon it could lead to an early commit possibly John Theus or Vadal Alexander we will just have to wait and see John Atkins another possibility .

Delta Stewardess

May 17th, 2011
4:54 pm

dawgster

May 17th, 2011
5:01 pm

Seems our bad luck on the O-line continues to haunt this team…has been that way for years it seems, but some things you just can’t control…How many O-line recruits do you bring in and even though it appears we are thin, you can’t bring in too many as there are other needs that have to be filled…but i’m sure we are going to get the usual suspects talking about our failures on the O-line, but we have had our problems…I will agree….go dawgs