Marshall, who was a relatively late add to Tech’s signing class, finished the night with 184 rushing yards on just eight carries. It appears to have set a school mark for most yards gained by a freshman in the first game of his career.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” Marshall said, “but it definitely went well.”
As expected, wide receiver Brad Stewart was in the game early, joining the rotation with Micheal Summers and Ricky Jeune. TaQuon Marshall shared snaps at A-back. Bryan also was in the game early on the line.
Safety A.J. Gray and linebackers Brant Mitchell and Victor Alexander were on special-teams units — Alexander and Mitchell were on the field for Tech’s kickoff return to start the game — and took the field with the defense as the blowout gathered force. Defensive end Anree Saint-Amour also took snaps with the defense beginning late in the first half.
“It was good to get my first game under my belt,” said Gray, who was credited with four tackles and a fumble recovery. “I’ve got a lot to work on.”
Marcus Marshall also made the most glaring mistake, fumbling on his second carry of the game late in the second quarter, thwarting another deft run. With quickness and breakaway speed, he nonetheless showed himself as a home-run threat to complement starting B-back Patrick Skov.
“Certainly, Marcus Marshall can hit some big plays,” Johnson said. “He needs to learn to hang onto that football. We’ll have a little discussion on that. But it’s like I said - he’s got ability.”
In the first half, TaQuon Marshall had two touches, a carry for 18 yards and a reception for 24.