Korliss Marshall

Bret Bielema says RB Korliss Marshall will ‘never be with us again’

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Earlier this year, Korliss Marshall shined in Arkansas’ spring game.  Nearly eight months later, the running back is on the outside of the football program looking in.

Speaking to ESPN.com Tuesday, head coach Bret Bielema confirmed that Marshall is not longer a part of the Razorbacks.  Bielema said the decision to part ways came after a meeting Monday that lasted nearly an hour.

He’s never going to have the opportunity to play for the Razorbacks again, but hopefully this will be a stepping-stone to something in the right direction instead of the wrong direction,” Bielema said. “He’ll never be with us again.

“I met with him last night for 45 minutes to an hour just trying to narrow some schools down that he would like to take a peek at. We also looked at the Canadian Football League for him as well.”

At one point in the 2014 season, Marshall, a true sophomore, was suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Marshall recorded carries in six games this season, rushing for 119 yards and a touchdown, while also leading the Razorbacks in kickoff returns. As a true freshman last season, he rushed for 146 yards on 17 carries.

A three-star member of UA’s 2013 recruiting class, Marshall was rated as the No. 6 player at any position in the state of Arkansas.

Both Jonathan Williams (1,085) and Alex Collins (1024) ran for 1,000-plus yards this season and have eligibility remaining. Collins, though, is considering an early jump into the NFL draft pool.

Bielema said that Collins has submitted his paperwork to the NFL’s draft advisory board and will make a decision once he gets a response from that body.

Korliss Marshall steals show for Arkansas offense in spring game

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If there is one thing a Bret Bielema-coached team tends to do well, it is run the football. If Saturday’s spring game for Arkansas is any indication, Bielema will have some tools to work with on the ground in 2014. The first-team offense rushed for 252 yards and recorded four touchdowns in the process. Korliss Marshall, who had been on the defensive side of the football, showed why he belongs on the offensive side of the ball by stealing the show with 99 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Last year’s leading rusher, Alex Collins, and second-leading rusher, Jonathan Williams, split reps with Marshall on the first-team offense, which means Arkansas could have a three-headed monster developing for the fall. Collins led the Razorbacks with 1,026 yards and four touchdowns in 2013. Williams notched 900 yards on the ground along with four touchdowns. Marshal appeared in eight games on offense, with 17 rushing attempts for 146 yards. Expect Marshall’s numbers to go up in the fall if the spring game is considered a preview of things to come.

The strength on the ground should be of little surprise tough. Arkansas finished a dismal 2013 season ranked third in the SEC in rushing offense. The first-team rushing offense may have been dialed in, but on the flip side of the conversation you can suggest the Razorbacks have some holes to plug on defense. Last year the Razorbacks were 11th in the SEC in rushing defense, allowing 178.42 yards per game. Alabama and Auburn combined for 585 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns in back-to-back games against the Razorbacks, and LSU ended the season by rushing for 238 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-27 victory against their Arkansas rivals.