The running back could have decided to come back next season using a medical redshirt after playing just three games in 2014, but is ready to pursue an NFL career, coach Mark Richt said Tuesday.
Marshall approached Richt a few weeks ago to let him know his plans.
“He’s come in and played extremely well for us throughout his career and he’s going to be graduating,” Richt said. “He just wants to go ahead and move on and take his shot at the NFL when the season’s over.”
So Marshall will be one of 30 players that will be honored in pregame Senior Night ceremonies on Saturday night before the game against Georgia Southern.
Marshall is Georgia’s third leading rusher this season with 255 yards and three touchdowns on 49 carries and also has four catches for 28 yards. He didn’t play in the win at Auburn Saturday after being bothered during the week by minor ankle and knee injuries.
He has rushed for 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns in 31 career games at Georgia, including 759 yards as a freshman in 2012 and 246 in 2013 before tearing the ACL in his right knee against Tennessee on Oct. 5 of that season.
“Personally, I support his decision and I believe the coaches support his decision,” fullback Quayvon Hicks said. “It’s a part of life. Sometimes you have to make those grown-man decisions. Him being who he is, he feels like he’s done everything he has and given everything he had to the University of Georgia. If that’s his decision, that’s his decision.”