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Marshall was recruited by James Madison coming out of high school in Raleigh, N.C., and had the school in his final three with Wake Forest and Vanderbilt before Tech entered the picture in his senior season. Both of Marshalls’ parents attended James Madison and his father Warren played football for the Dukes.
Marshall made his announcement to leave Tech the week after the regular season ended. He led the Yellow Jackets in rushing each of his two seasons, with 654 yards as a freshman last season and 624 this season. He went out playing his best, gaining 143 yards against Virginia Tech and 127 against Virginia before contributing 55 yards and a touchdown in the win over Georgia.
By transferring to an FCS school, Marshall will be eligible to play immediately. He has two seasons remaining.
James Madison is ranked No. 5 in FCS and is in the national semifinals, the third consecutive season that the Dukes have made the FCS playoffs. James Madison plays a spread-style offense.
Coincidentally, former Tech quarterback Vad Lee transferred to James Madison after the 2013 season. He excelled there, being named an FCS third-team All-American and breaking several passing school records.