The way he entered college was far different than how he landed in the NFL. Keith Marshall was a big-time recruit, wooed by college heavyweights and celebrated by Georgia when he committed. In the NFL, he was a seventh-round pick by the Washington Redskins who's trying to earn a roster spot.
It’s quite a change for Marshall. But it’s one that he’s OK with because two things remain: his confidence and his speed.
“I never felt that I wasn’t good enough,” he said.
The early returns have been good for Marshall, coming off a solid day Monday. There’s a long way to go as he won’t play his first preseason game until Thursday -- in Atlanta, where he hopes to show what he can do.
Marshall is firmly entrenched among the Redskins’ top three backs, along with starter Matt Jones and backup Chris Thompson. There's a gap between this group and the rest, multiple sources say, with undrafted free-agent fullback Joe Kerridge garnering some attention. Another undrafted free agent, running back Robert Kelley, also will be one to watch.