The biggest question for Yellow Jacket fans entering the 2017 season was who would be leading their triple option offense in the fall. Just minutes before the team kicked off their season against Tennessee, Paul Johnson announced that TaQuon Marshall, a junior who was no higher than third on the depth chart in 2016, would be taking the snaps. Ever since then, Marshall has flourished in his role and has garnered attention from fans and sports personalities everywhere.
TaQuon started the season with a bang when he racked up 249 rushing yards, 120 yards through the air and five touchdowns in his debut against the Vols. Despite the loss, it was apparent that Tech had yet another star at quarterback. Five weeks and four games into the season, the junior has yet to slow down. After a great performance against North Carolina, Marshall has gained nearly 1,000 yards of total offense with 523 yards on the ground and 333 passing yards.
It’s definitely still too early to say he’s the best quarterback of the CPJ era, but TaQuon stacks up pretty well against past Tech QB’s such as Josh Nesbitt, Tevin Washington, and Justin Thomas. His 856 yards of total offense trump the numbers of Nesbitt (559), but fall just short of Washington (931) and Thomas (1,053) through their first four starts.
Marshall’s break out start has been quite the surprise for Tech fans, but Paul Johnson has seen it coming. “It became pretty apparent to me after the first couple of weeks of fall camp that there was a separation.”
Though he’s quickly becoming a fan favorite and a well-respected quarterback across the ACC, TaQuon chooses to be humble over hype, and knows he’s going to have to get better if he wants to continue to win. According to ESPN, Georgia Tech has the toughest remaining schedule in the nation, so it’s important that TaQuon does everything he can to keep the teams ACC Championship dreams alive. Heading into the bye week, Marshall has a list of things he wants to improve on before another big ACC test in Miami on the 14th.
“I’m going to really work hard on my passing this week, cause I know I missed a couple balls early in the game that I probably should’ve completed. That’s going to be one of the main things, and always, taking care of the ball. That’s going to be one every week.”
That being said, number-16 is glad to be getting some rest as well. “I’m going to heal up the best I can for next week. I’m going to take my time and rest up, and also try to get in better shape.”
TaQuon will be looking to lead the team to a third straight ACC Coastal win on the 14th when the Jackets travel to Miami.