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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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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