Arkansas’ Rushing Offense Looking Deadly

     Spring practice is a time when football coaching staffs can better evaluate their players.  For the players, it is a time to show the coaches what they can do and that’s exactly what running back Korliss Marshall has done.
     “Every championship season I’ve ever been involved with, we’ve been involved as a team that has had three running backs,” said head coach Brett Bielema.  “Not one, not two, it’s always been three.”

That should be exciting to hear for Arkansas fans. Everybody knows how good Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins can be.  In a season where almost everything seemed to go wrong, the two running backs helped Arkansas finish fourth in rushing offense in the SEC.  Korliss Marshall, who converted from safety to running back, played sparingly last year at the tail back position but has started to cement himself as the final piece to the running back trio coach Bielema has been needing.

“The most exciting guy obviously is just Korliss because he is really unscratched in his potential,” said Bielema.  “I think it’s very easy to recognize from everybody on our team, as well as in the stands, that he is a very explosive player.”

That explosiveness was on display last Saturday during the red and white game.  Marshall rushed six times for a total of 99 yards, including a 59 yard sprint to the end zone. He finished with more yards and the highest average of 16.5 yards per carry during the scrimmage.  That type of triple-threat behind Brandon Allen makes things a lot easier for him and the team.

“Having those guys on offense makes their defense have to tailor their scheme around them a lot more than it does the passing game,” said junior quarterback Brandon Allen.  “They’re going to be leery about them and that’s just going to open up our whole offense.

     They say two is better than one but for Arkansas, three is best.
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