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Marshall "Excited" for UGA Bowl

ATHENS - Running back Keith Marshall has not played in a bowl since he got the starting nod over Todd Gurley in Georgia’s final game to end the 2012 season.

Marshall scored on a 24-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Aaron Murray in that 45-31 Capital One Bowl win over Nebraska in Orlando.

Marshall missed Georgia’s last bowl trip to Jacksonville in 2013 after tearing his ACL and the Belk Bowl last season in Charlotte after he did not play after the third game of the season due to a knee injury.

“I’m excited,” said Marshall, a senior who will end his college career in the TaxSlayer Bowl. “You have a lot of fun at the bowl game, but at the same time you’ve got to get ready to win the game.”

Marshall rushed for 36 yards on eight carries in that bowl to end the 2012 season. Gurley, the NFL rookie sensation who has a 1,000-yard season with the St. Louis Rams, had 125 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.

Marshall was excused from Friday’s practice for graduation ceremonies. Players who graduated--including Hunter Long, Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Mayes, Jay Rome--got to spend the day with family.

Marshall’s degree is in finance, but he’s pursuing a pro career first. He said he will train in Miami for NFL draft. Teams will want to evaluate Marshall’s knee in the pre-draft process.

“I’m sure they’ll check it but I’m not worried about it,” he said.

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