Arkansas will be without tailback Korliss Marshall for a few more games, but Razorback head football coach Bret Bielema hopes the sophomore’s university-imposed suspension is just a small chapter in the young man’s life.
The suspension became public when Marshall failed to line up for Saturday’s kickoff against Georgia and Bielema noted after the 45-32 loss that Marshall would not be with the team for a few more games.
“With respect to Korliss and what he is, there are certain things that I feel very strong about as a coach that since my arrival here we have probably ratcheted up, but it is in accordance with the University policies that were set before I got here,” Bielema noted Wednesday on the SEC Teleconference.
“We will have to abide by them and the thing that I stress to the players all the time is that ‘I don’t make the rules, I’ve just got to follow them."
“Korliss was very well aware of the situation he was involved in and unfortunately made some bad decisions,” Bielema continued. “Our university structure is set up in a way that when these things happen, there is a protocol that we have to go through. That is what he is going through and if he meets the demands that I make after coming through this process than he will become a part of our team.”
Marshall has rushed 24 times for 116 yards this season with a touchdown while also catching two passes for 18 yards and returning nine kickoffs for 271 yards and one score – an electrifying 97-yard TD to start the Northern Illinois game..
Bielema said that Marshall, a former Osceola standout, has shown progress off the field.
“I will say that he was kind of removed from practice activities, but academically he has made a strong resurgence,” Bielema said. “I meet with him twice every week. I meet with them at the beginning of the week and the end of the week and he has been very, very positive about that.
“There are a lot of people rallying behind him and I think the great thing about adversity personally is you truly find out a lot about not just yourself, but who believes in you around you,” Bielema added.
“Like I told Korliss, ‘this is just a chapter in your life, a small chapter in the book of your life, let’s make the ending something to be positive. Live this chapter out, ride it out and move on until the next one,’” Bielema said.
Bielema noted there was a set time in place for Marshall.
“There is nothing he can do except sit for the time he needs to sit and when he is eligible to come back and be part of this football team if he adheres to the structures we have in place – not only as a head football coach, but the University in general, that is when he will resume with the team,” Bielema said.
“He was with us yesterday working out and we continue to monitor his progress and make sure he is on the right path and hopefully he will have success a long time after this,” Bielema added.
Bielema Clarifies Marshall'S Suspension
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