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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The SEC's best 25 players: No. 24

By Chris Low

We continue our countdown of the SEC's 25 best players for the 2013 season with one of the top breakaway threats in the league.

No. 24: Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia, So.

2012 summary: Marshall made just one start last season, but finished with 759 rushing yards on 117 carries and scored nine touchdowns. He averaged 6.5 yards per carry, which was tops among all returning SEC running backs who rushed for more than 700 yards a year ago. Marshall had three 100-yard rushing games.

Most recent ranking: Not ranked in the 2012 postseason countdown.

Making the case for Marshall: On just about any other team, Marshall would have easily been a 1,000-yard rusher last season as a freshman. But his carries were split with fellow freshman sensation Todd Gurley. They'll again share the carries in 2013, and Marshall's certainly not complaining. They make each other better and are able to stay fresh. Marshall plans to play at 220 pounds this season, and Georgia coach Mark Richt says he looks thicker and stronger. Marshall's forte is his speed, and when he breaks into the clear, there's no catching him. He had four touchdowns last season that were longer than 50 yards and is also adept at catching the ball out of the backfield. The area of his game that should get even better this season is making defenders miss, but his explosiveness ranks up there with any running back in the country.

The rundown