Byron Marshall has now eclipsed the 100 yard rushing mark in five consecutive games.
His latest act, a 133 yard – 3 touchdown effort against No. 12 UCLA Saturday evening in Autzen Stadium to help propel the Ducks to their 42-14 win over the Bruins.
Marshall has steadily improved his stock on this Oregon football team.
Not only have the coaches lauded his steady improvement to allow additional playing time, Marshall himself credits his current success to his work ethic in practice.
“I’ve been waiting for it” explained Marshall when asked about his increased playing time.
“A lot of people talk about it…there’s two ways to go,…they either succeed or they just fail miserably,…and I’ve just been really excited for the opportunity I’ve had and really just try to make the most of it. I just go out there and kill myself during practice and really just try to step up.”
After Saturday’s win over the Bruins, Marshall has now carried the ball 130 times for 879 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Nationally, Marshall is 19th in the country in rushing yards per game, ( 109 pg ) and tied for the lead in rushing touchdowns with 12.
“It was a chance for Byron to show what we’ve been seeing,” said Bralon Addison after Saturday’s game.
“I think everybody else now has seen what type of running back Byron is.”
Saturday’s game against the Bruins was De’Anthony Thomas’ comeback game after spraining an ankle against Cal on September 28th.
It also meant Marshall would return to his role as a backup.
Thomas seemed to return to his normal form in the first half, however he didn’t play in the second stanza giving way to speculation Thomas may have re-aggravated his right ankle.
“Byron told him, we’ve got your back” said Addison when asked about the loss of Thomas.
“Byron did exactly what he’s supposed to do. He came into the game and took the game over.”
VIDEO; Watch Byron Marshall’s post game press briefing by clicking the arrow in the video box above.