Oct. 19, 2015
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech true freshman Marcus Marshall earned his first career Atlantic Coast Conference weekly honor as the B-back was the named the conference’s Rookie of the Week on Monday.
Marshall accounted for two of Georgia Tech’s four touchdowns and carried 10 times for 159 yards in a last-minute setback to Pittsburgh on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The rookie had two 58-yard carries against Pitt – one that went for a touchdown and the other set up the Yellow Jackets’ touchdown in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 28-28.
Marshall became Tech’s first ACC Rookie of the Week honoree since QB Jaybo Shaw in 2008. The other Yellow Jackets to have earned Rookie of the Week awards are RB Jonathan Dwyer (2007), RB Rashaun Grant (2004) and WR Calvin Johnson four times in 2004.
His pair of 58-yard runs were the second-longest of his young career behind a 64-yarder in the season opener. He averaged 15.9 yards per carry against the Panthers, en route to his second 100-yard rushing game.
The Raleigh, N.C., native opened his career with a 184-yard, two-TD effort versus Alcorn State in the 2015 season-opener.
Marshall’s 439 yards rushing this season are the most by any Tech true freshman running back under head coach Paul Johnson and his 73.2 yards per game rank eighth in the ACC.
Georgia Tech hosts No. 9 Florida State on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Homecoming Weekend. Tech’a annual Whiteout game kicks at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.