Elite RB Keith Marshall wins Watkins Award

February, 20, 2012
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Former Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.) star running back Keith Marshall, who enrolled at the University of Georgia in January, received one more high school honor this weekend when he was announced as the winner of the prestigious Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Award. The annual honor is given to the nation's top African-American male high school scholar athlete.

Rated the nation's No. 2 running back in the ESPNU 150, Marshall enjoyed a terrific senior season on the field, rushing for 1,891 yards and 25 touchdowns on 258 carries to earn Gatorade State Player of the Year honors and a spot on the ESPNHS All-American second team.

Marshall also excelled off the field in high school, earning a 4.3 GPA in the classroom while serving as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and at a homeless shelter.

Marshall earned the award over fellow standout seniors Jameis Winston of Hueytown (Ala.), Zach Banner of Lakes (Lakewood, Wash.), Alex Carter of Briar Woods (Ashburn, Va.), Jonathan Curry of Central (Phenix City, Ala.) and Deion Williams of Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.).

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