Your new Heisman frontrunner: Tech’s Marcus Marshall?

Georgia Tech running back Marcus Marshall (34) gets away from Alcorn State defensive back Quinton Cantue (21) as he runs for a touchdown during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Georgia Tech running back Marcus Marshall (34) gets away from Alcorn State defensive back Quinton Cantue (21) as he runs for a touchdown during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Marcus Marshall scores on his first collegiate carry. (AP Photo/John Amis)

These short takes are presented as a companion to the Georgia Tech-Alcorn State game column, which can be found here. Tech eked out a 69-6 victory.

1. The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner: Marcus Mariota. The 2015 Heisman Trophy winner: Marcus Marshall? If Marshall, a freshman B-back from Raleigh, finishes the season averaging 184 yards per game and 23 yards per carry, he’ll hoist the trophy. He’s not apt to hit the numbers he mustered against Alcorn again anytime soon, largely because Tech won’t play another team as flimsy as Alcorn and partially because Marshall technically isn’t a starter. He backed up the Stanford transfer Patrick Skov on Thursday, and Skov had a nice game himself — 72 yards, three touchdowns. But Marshall, who scored on bursts of 49 (on his first Tech carry) and 64 yards, could give the Jackets the long-range B-back capability once provided by Jonathan Dwyer.

2. You won’t be surprised to hear that Paul Johnson didn’t wax rapturous after this one. “After the first three series, you could probably tell who was going to win,” Tech’s coach said. (Indeed, the Jackets led 13-0 after 6:13.) Johnson groused a bit about special teams — his guys did botch a PAT, else they’d have matched the 70 points they scored against Elon in the 2013 opener — but pronounced himself almost pleased. “All in all,” he said, “it was a good way to start a season.”

3. Not to kick an FCS team when it’s down, but I expected a bit more from Alcorn State. The Braves were 10-3 and SWAC champs last season; they’re picked to win their division this year. Their quarterback, John Gibbs Jr., was his league’s offensive player of the year. (He rushed for 161 yards against Southern Miss, an FBS opponent to which Alcorn lost only 26-20.) But Gibbs managed only 52 yards rushing and 50 yards passing against Tech, completing only eight of 22 passes. The Braves as a whole looked overwhelmed, which can happen in a big-versus-little game. Rarely, though, does it happen to this degree.

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WoofyOne
WoofyOne

The Jackets got to air some talent. The season will reveal how well the gears mesh

odellgtpt
odellgtpt

I was reading the Alcorn players pre-game comments in the Jackson, Miss. paper. They sounded ready, made the typical comments :" we won't be intimidated, " we can compete with them ", "we will show them we can play".

They must be wondering what happened. They were probably studying the Wofford and Ga. Southern films. Maybe, but just maybe, this team is a little better than last year. We will see...

odellgtpt
odellgtpt

WE ARE NATIONAL CHAMPS !!!!! Oh wait , this isn't the UGA blog ? But seriously, I too was surprised how little of a game Alcorn gave us. In fact , it probably doesn't even tell us much about Tech. But it was better than in years past. At least the guys seemed to know where to go and got there with some energy to block and tackle. Few penalties and only one turnover were great for the first game. Do it again this week and it MAY begin to mean something special.

JacketMan
JacketMan

Considering Paul Johnson only played his Starters ONE Quarter, his Second Team the Second Quarter, and the Refs started running the clock after the FIRST Quarter, one has to wonder if Tech was that much better than Alcorn, especially knowing they won the Black Football National Championship and could have beaten Southern Miss, or have the Braves taken a major step back? Time will tell.

BDK1
BDK1

Relax. It was just Acorn State.


BLowE12
BLowE12

@BDK1 Actually it as Alcorn State and It is "A" good win to show up against a non opponent and finish them off early. 


So in other words, Its a "good Start" to a long season! 

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

So GTBob, can Tech compete with top 25 teams now?  For years and years you've rambled here talking about Tech having no business competing with teams like UGA (regular Top 25) while I've said that's a built-in excuse that keeps on giving. Here they are being praised after an impressive showing against Alcorn State.  I see that you said below that Tech could compete with UGA, FSU, and Clemson with the backup QB.  How your tune has changed so quickly.


Anyway, welcome to the show.  I hope Tech has a great season to setup an even bigger finale than last year's "Hate" game.  It would be fun for both teams to enter as division champions with playoff spots on the line.  Of course if Tech lost the rest of their games this season I'd enjoy that even more.


Have a good one.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@AugustaJacket @DawgnIT

AJ,

Facts & logic are tough concepts to deal with for many of the UGA fans you might stir-up with this post. 

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@DawgnIT You miss the greater point.  Tech still has no business competing with the top teams.  Our limited majors and admission standards puts us at a competitive disadvantage.  We have less than half the enrollment of uga, and half the budget.  With all of these disadvantages, there is no reason we should be able to routinely compete against larger state universities.  I don't know any reasonable fan who would disagree with that statement.  A major point in the recruiting philosophy is having fun at college, and lets face it, you can have a lot more "fun" at a big state school where the party atmosphere is more prevalent.  I won't degree shame uga, as I feel you can get a good education there, and in some majors, uga is among the elite in the nation.  GT, however, is in a different category altogether. 


So, what GTBob has been saying has not been that we couldn't compete with these schools, we've had a documented history of that, but rather that we shouldn't be able to.  

GMAB
GMAB

Marcus has some serious wheels. I'd like to see him go against Snoddy in a dash.

GTBob
GTBob

@GMAB He is fast, but Snoddy would blow by him just like he did JT.

Astropig
Astropig

Jackets looked good, but it's very hard to tell where they really stand against a team like Alcorn...These scrimmages can get your second team some valuable full speed experience,but that's about it.


But hey- 1-0 is 1-0. Beats 0-1.

dave87
dave87

Seriously, after Alcorn State, that makes me laugh even more than every time I hear "the flats".

Zapp
Zapp

I don't get excited by the big score, but more how the defense is continuing what they did last year.  When the regulars were in there, All Corn didn't make a first down.  I think this is a good sign they will be able to play with any team on the schedule.  They have to play Notre Dame there and I still don't understand why the ACC wanted them as a part time team, and then allow them to play for the ACC basketball/baseball championship.  It penalizes the team to go there where more than a few strange things happen in that stadium.  I like the receiver corp because they caught the balls thrown to them, and last year's receivers did not.  Marshall has a chance to make Tech's offense the best since Johnson became coach.  I think the two backs can share time to keep both fresh.

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

@Zapp  I agree with most of what you said. BUT, Smelter was awesome at catching the ball if it was any where close to him last year. He will be sorely missed when the competition ramps up in a few weeks. The young guys, and Summers, did look pretty good though. We shall see in a few weeks.


And, Marshall will probably not look quite the monster he did last night when it's the likes of FSU and VaTech defining the running lanes. But, "a buck eighty-four" is not a bad start, huh?

TampGator1
TampGator1

Georgia Tech is one of the best "coached up" teams in America, no doubt. Johnson can flat out coach.  And Roof has really made a difference on the other side of the ball.  If I were Ohio State, TCU, Clemson, Auburn, Bama, Florida, Georgia, Baylor.....Tech would be the last team I would want to play on a given Saturday.  How do you stop that offense with that QB running it?  And the back up QB looked really good as well.  Tech should have a super season.  I surely hope they knock off Notre Dame in a couple of weeks. 

Grant1296
Grant1296

Georgia can't wait to play to play them....

Grant1296
Grant1296

Great photo of you and GTboob POAD...

GTBob
GTBob

All the angry UGA fans on this blog. They must be upset that GT got the better Marshall.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

@GTBob

Yeah, now the Freedom from Religion Foundation's anti-theist will now start complaining about UGA having a Holyfield between the hedges... 

A few RB names to watch out for 2016 JaQua Daniels or Devwah Whaley - 2017  Anthony McFarland, Trey Sermon (another FRF violation)  - 2018 the Zeus is loose a.k.a. Zamir White...


"BELIEVE" in the G

GTBob
GTBob

@Grant1296 lol. It was a witty remark that made me laugh too, although it had nothing to do with what I said.

GTBob
GTBob

@Dawg-Gawn I haven't heard of any of those guys. Just refer to them as Five star #1, Five Star #2, etc and it will be easier.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@GTBob @Dawg-Gawn 

Dawg-Gawn seems to think football excitement is all about what is going on in recruiting, not what is happening on the field.

LouEase
LouEase

Would not be surprised if the puts tech in the top 3.

Politics will keep OU in number one, but really Tech is

the best team in the nation.

Mewslim
Mewslim

Yep, the best QB in the nation who wouldn't start on 75% of D1 teams.


Funny stuff.

creative
creative

@Captain@Obvious what does that have to do with anything.  Andrew Luck wouldn't start at QB on THIS team.  Pretty retarded....I love the clever screen name.  Where did you come up with that.  I bet 2 years ago you were the worlds most interesting man and 2 years before that you were some other gay commercial.  How you feeling dbag?  

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@Wreck13 @Captain@Obvious If Mark had run his offense with Cam then Cam would have been just above average as a pro style QB. He has to run the ball to really have success. After  4 years plus in the NFL that is deal. 

Delbert_D
Delbert_D

These things stood out: Zero penalties in the 1st game. The #1 O-line unit blocked well, and starting guard Shamire Devine got a lot of needed extra work with the #2 unit. The QB and A-Back timing on tosses was good, given all of the new A-backs who played. Skov ran very tough over and through defenders. The Thomas to Summers TD pass was exceptional. Pass coverage by the #1 unit was good. Marshall showed good running ability on his non-scoring carries.

tyger
tyger

Agreed...


Very surprised at Alcorn's poor showing...

Never thought they would win...

But did think they would compete...


These money games in radar...more later

FarTrain
FarTrain

Every year it's the same story with these sportswriter, especially the AJC. An RB from either Tech or UGA has a great game to start the year against a "worthless" team and they immediately declare him the Heisman winner.  This Heisman thing is worse than the rankings shenanigans.  Why not wait until halfway through the season and see who is consistent and really deserving.  So childish and immature of them!

khd713
khd713

@FarTrain Way to completely whiff on the humorous hyperbole, you moron! Are you really that undiscerning, or are you trying to be funny yourself? 

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

@FarTrain  I think you missed Bradley's TIC assertion here. He is not serious with this article.


Kid did look good though. First touch, boom, (49) yards and a TD. Very cool.

GTBob
GTBob

@forexbomb It was a joke and a compliment to Marshall all in one. Its not the end of the world.

creative
creative

@ToeMeetsLeather @FarTrain Of course he missed it.  75% of human beings are morons.  That means 3 out 4 on here probably don't understand.  TML, your one of the good one's...

creative
creative

@forexbomb @khd713 @FarTrain and I thought you were one of the good ones.  He's not doing a 45 minute set at the punchline.  Your right it is ridiculous to have a little fun after the first game.  Seriousness from here on out 

ATL2Strong
ATL2Strong

Alcon St. Won their conference and has a QB that will play in league they were no cream puff.

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

@ATL2Strong  Their QB may play in the league, but it won't be at quarterback. He was bad, and I mean BAD. 

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@ToeMeetsLeather @ATL2Strong Hard to be good when you are running for your life.  If you go back and look at how fast he was running and trying to throw the ball, it's a wonder he completed any passes at all.  Our front 4 had constant pressure on him.  

Hell Horsey
Hell Horsey

How soon before Tech can get Cumberland back on the schedule?

FamilyDivided
FamilyDivided

If it wasn't for directional LA schools, uga would be lost.

96JB
96JB

That is a strength of Johnson's offense. Overwhelm slow Div 2 type talent. Hell, Duke and NC beat them last year. I will say Tech belongs in the Top 25. They will go 8-4, 9-3. Pray the QB stays healthy. He IS Tech football

Jmonty
Jmonty

@96JB Same could be said about Chubb...and UGA

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@96JB

Agree with JT having to stay healthy.  No JT = virtually no chance vs. Clemson, FSU or UGA.  But most team's are also in that situation.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@GTBob I feel we would be fine with Byerly as well.  If he went down, however, I'd recommend burning the redshirt off Christian Campbell.  Swilling cannot get meaningful snaps on QB. 

GTBob
GTBob

@BleedingGold Matthew Jordan would probably be moved back to QB if that were to happen. I can't see us burning Campbell's redshirt.

GTBob
GTBob

@96JB We would be fine if JT went down. We have a quality backup who I'm guessing you can't even name. If he doesn't work out then maybe we will get UVAs backup QB to transfer over since we have no one better. Its a recipe for success.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@GTBob Jordan didn't look so hot in the Spring Game.  Very similar to Swilling.  Lot of giving it off to the B-back or taking it himself.  Almost looks like he and Swilling are afraid to pitch the ball.

GTBob
GTBob

@BleedingGold I agree, he didn't have a great spring game. Campbell is running the scout team right now though. He has little experience at all running our offense and I'm not sure we would be better off throwing him into the fire than just moving Jordan back. Plus, if we lose JT and Tim Byerly we are in serious trouble anyways.