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September 30, 2013
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It's business as usual for sophomore running back Keith Marshall.
While head coach Mark Richt has not said whether or not [rb]Todd Gurley[/db] and his sprained left ankle will be able to go in Saturday afternoon's game at Tennessee (3:30 p.m., CBS), Marshall said Monday he's going about his business like normal.
"No," said Marshall, when asked if anything's changed. "You just work hard every day and try to get better the best you can. You've got to prepare mentally and physically, which is the same that I do every week."
If the 6th-ranked Bulldogs do have to ask Marshall to handle the bulk of the running back chores, Georgia figures to be in pretty good hands.
After Gurley went down in the second quarter against LSU, Marshall came on and picked up where his roommate left off, rushing 20 times for 96 yards.
The 20 carries established a new career high.
"I feel they have confidence in me," Marshall said. "I have confidence in myself so it wasn't really a big deal to me."
Marshall shrugged when asked if the extra pounding left him feeling more battered than usual.
"I felt about the same. After big-time games, physical football you always feel a little sore but it wasn't too bad," said Marshall, who said he hasn't had to do anything out of the ordinary to get ready physically for Saturday's game.
"Just regular stuff, Sunday treatment, treatment today and treatment the rest of the week to get back 100 percent," he added.
For the year, Marshall has rushed 51 times for 213 yards and one touchdown after a freshman season which saw him rush 117 times for 759 yards and eight touchdowns.
Ironically, his career-high of 164 yards came against Tennessee, a game which saw him rip off touchdown runs of 75 and 72 yards.
"Last year the whole offense had a great game," Marshall said. "The offensive line blocked well and did a good job opening up holes. I had a couple of big runs."
Marshall had no comment when asked about Gurley's status, although Georgia's post-practice injury report said he did not take part in any drills.