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The Daily Call – April 27, 2014

BY ANDRES FOCIL
The Daily Call – April 27, 2014

Marshall Shines In @RazorbackFB Red-White Spring Game Sophomore running back Korliss Marshall led all rushers in the Red-White Spring Game with 99 yards and two touchdowns on six carries. The Osceola, Ark., native electrified the crowd with a 59-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter and added an eight-yard score in the third quarter.

“Korliss has been impressive to us throughout spring practice,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “It’s easy to see his explosiveness. If he gets just a little seam, he can be gone in a hurry. He’s very impressive and we are very, very excited to have him in our program.”

Marshall, who originally was slated to play safety for the Razorbacks, has flourished in the offensive backfield this spring focusing solely on rushing the football instead of tackling runners.

”It was very beneficial to be with the running backs full-time, but my time at safety helped me get my footwork down,” Marshall said. “Defensive backs do a lot of footwork drills, and it helped me see how safeties play. Even though I’m on the offensive side of the ball now, I have a defensive perspective of what they want to do and that allows me to know when I can avoid them or need to lower my shoulder. My time on defense helped me be a better player on offense.”

Only one touchdown had been scored in more than 20 minutes of action before Marshall took a second-quarter handoff and darted through a hole on the left side of the formation. Once Marshall cleared the line of scrimmage, he had a wide-open field in front of him and outraced the defense 59 yards to the end zone to give the Red team a 20-15 lead. That play was the first of three straight snaps with a touchdown as the Red defense registered an interception and a fumble return for scores in consecutive plays.

“I’m glad that I got to be that spark,” said Marshall. “That’s been my role since that kickoff return against Texas A&M. Every time the team is down, I want to be the spark and pick us back up. Hopefully that helps us win some games.”

Marshall has shown his speed and ability to run directly to the spot on multiple occasions, both as the Razorbacks’ kickoff returner and out of the backfield.

“Once I see green, I’m thinking I have to go forward,” Marshall stated. “I’ve always been a north-to-south runner instead of east-to-west so once the hole opens up I get into that next gear and try to go. When I get behind the secondary, I’m not concerned about what’s behind me. When I get through the hole nothing else is on my mind but scoring a touchdown. Coach Thomas tells us to think touchdown every play, and that’s exactly what I do.”

Playing in the SEC and in front of 72,000 fans at every home game is exciting for any student-athlete, but native Arkansans seem to have a little extra pride putting on the Razorback uniform and Marshall is no exception.

“Playing at Arkansas means a lot to me,” Marshall said. “I’ve always wanted to be that kid coming out of a small town and being able to play for my state school. I wasn’t planning on going anywhere else. The moment Arkansas offered me, I took it. It was the last week before Signing Day, and I didn’t think they were going to give me an offer but as soon as they did I took it because I wanted to play for my state school.”

The Razorbacks will next move into summer workouts before opening camp in early August. Arkansas’ first game of the 2014 season Aug. 30 at Auburn will be nationally televised on the SEC Network.

@RazorbackFB Completes Spring Practices The Arkansas football team wrapped up its 2014 spring practices Saturday with the Red-White Spring Game in front of 30,000 fans at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The Red team, featuring starters on both sides of the ball, earned a 61-22 win over the White team, which was made up of the rest of the roster. The full game recap can be found here.

After the game, junior quarterback Brandon Allen recapped his performance during the spring, how the team improved over 15 practices and looked toward the summer. For the complete Q&A, click here.

Spoon’s Walk-off Single Lifts @RazorbackBSB over Auburn in 10 Innings The Arkansas baseball team rallied from a late deficit Saturday afternoon in game one of a doubleheader and used a walk-off single in the 10th inning to defeat Auburn 4-3 at Baum Stadium. For a complete recap click here.

WALKOFF WINNER!! Tyler #SPOOON singles to right field and Arkansas picks up 4-3 comeback win! #NeverYield #WPS

– Razorback Baseball (@RazorbackBSB) April 27, 2014

FINAL (10) | Arkansas 4, Auburn 3 – Tyler #SPOOON delivers walkoff single and Razorbacks even series. Game 2 at 8p. pic.twitter.com/XNAdkn3dhn

– Razorback Baseball (@RazorbackBSB) April 27, 2014

ICYMI | Arkansas just walked off Auburn for a 4-3 victory! #NeverYield #WPS #SPOOON #OmaHOGS pic.twitter.com/fTUoRNHb97

– Razorback Baseball (@RazorbackBSB) April 27, 2014

ATTENDANCE | Tonight’s paid attendance of 11,742 is the largest crowd in #BaumStadium history! Thank you fans!! #NeverYield #WPS

– Razorback Baseball (@RazorbackBSB) April 27, 2014

@RazorbackTF HyVee Cup Co-Champions at Drake Relays The men’s track and field team earned a share of the HyVee Cup at the 2014 Drake Relays after a thrilling final race in the 4×400…The victory time of 3:03.89 ranks fourth in the SEC, fifth in the nation and seventh all-time in school history…Meanwhile, Anthony May won high jump AND leaped out to the nation’s top triple jump mark at 53-0.75…Clive Pullen recorded a season-best triple jump mark at 51-10 on his very first leap…And there’s so much more from the Drake Relays — read the full recap here.

Your 2014 #DrakeRelays High Jump Champion, Anthony May. #WPS pic.twitter.com/G1FYxCHQk9

– Razorback Track XC (@RazorbackTF) April 27, 2014

On the women’s side, the 4×400-meter relay team of Brianna Swinton, Regine Williams, Daina Harper and Chrishuna Williams broke into the leader’s list with a runner-up time of 3:32.18. The sprint medley relay team of R. Williams, Harper, C. Williams and Stephanie brown had a strong second-place finish with a time of 3:48.25.

The women’s 4×400 runner-up finish in 3:32.18 ranks as 4th best time in the SEC and 6th in the nation!! #WPS

– Razorback Track XC (@RazorbackTF) April 26, 2014

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