LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 05: TaQuon Marshall #16 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets runs the ball in the first half of the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Cardinal Stadium on October 05, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Photo: Joe Robbins/Getty Images

TaQuon Marshall: ‘It feels good to be back’

Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall reported feeling close to 100 percent Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets prepare to play North Carolina Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C. While cleared to play, Marshall did not play in Tech’s 49-28 win over Virginia Tech last Thursday, breaking a string of 18 consecutive starts dating back to the start of the 2017 season.

“It feels good to be back,” Marshall said.

Marshall said it was a little different but exciting to watch his team play against the Hokies. Coach Paul Johnson chose to keep Marshall out of the game after he had had limited practice time prior to the game. Marshall suffered an upper-body injury against Duke that had knocked him out of that game. In his place, quarterback Tobias Oliver ran for 215 yards and three touchdowns.

“Tobias did an awesome job,” Marshall said. “I’m super proud of him. The guys on the perimeter blocked their butts off. The guys up front blocked their butts off. I thought they played really well. It was definitely different, but it was fun just being in that atmosphere and being able to see the guys be successful.”

Marshall declined to identify the specific nature of the injury, calling it “just an upper-body injury.”

“I’m closer to 100 (percent),” he said. “I feel pretty good. I was able to rest up, so that’s always good, especially being in the middle of the season. You don’t really get that opportunity too often, and so I feel pretty good.”

Marshall said he and Oliver split practice repetitions with the first-string offense, calling it the normal procedure.

“I’m going to practice like I normally do, practice hard, motivate everyone,” Marshall said.

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