Korliss Marshall To Stay At Running Back, Bielema Says

Chris Graythen

So that’s settled. At least for now.

Bret Bielema met with the media at Arkansas’ Pro Day on Wednesday, and the most interesting bit of news is that Korliss Marshall, who burst on to the scene as an explosive freshman running back in 2013, will stay at running back in spring practice instead of working at safety.

Marshall didn’t get a ton of carries last fall, but when his name was called he made it count, averaging 8.9 yards per carry on his 17 attempts.

Ever since committing to Arkansas, there has been plenty of discussion regarding whether Marshall should be a running back or a safety. We’ve never seen him play safety, but if he was good enough to see the field as a backup for Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins, but couldn’t provide help behind Arkansas’ “safeties” last season, perhaps the Razorbacks are better off with the ball in Marshall’s hands.

We’d like to hope he’ll still return kickoffs. He racked up 422 yards on 19 returns, not including a touchdown against LSU that was called back for a penalty.

The other interesting tidbit from Bielema’s press conference is that backup tight end Mitchell Loewen tore his ACL a couple of weeks ago. He’ll obviously miss spring practice but Bielema hopes to have him back by the time the season begins.

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