ATLANTA — Georgia Tech’s leading rusher Marcus Marshall plans to transfer rather than return for his final two seasons.
Marshall announced the decision on his Twitter account Wednesday. He won’t play in the Yellow Jackets’ season-ending bowl game.
Marshall started six games and led the Yellow Jackets with 624 yards rushing as a sophomore this season, scoring a touchdown last Saturday in a 28-27 victory over rival Georgia. The younger brother of former Georgia running back Keith Marshall also paced Georgia Tech with 654 yards rushing as a freshman.
With the arrival of freshman Dedrick Mills, Marcus Marshall’s playing time took a hit. Mills rushed for 602 yards and a team-high 11 touchdowns despite playing just eight games. He served two suspensions for undisclosed violations of team rules.
Despite his off-the-field issues, Mills clearly established himself as the team’s top B-back, which likely played into Marshall’s decision to finish his college career at another school.
“Just want to sincerely thank my teammates, Coach (Paul) Johnson and the coaching staff, and everyone else affiliated with GT for the opportunity to represent GT and their support over the last 2 years,” Marshall wrote in the statement posted on Twitter. “At this point, I have decided to move on from the GT football team and will be transferring in January to continue my academic and football career.”
Georgia Tech announced that backup cornerback Dorian Walker will be transferring as well.
Like Marshall, the redshirt freshman’s decision is effective immediately, and he won’t play in the bowl game for the Yellow Jackets (8-4).