Why is Razorbacks’ RB Korliss Marshall Suspended?


Back in the Arkansas’ spring game, Korliss Marshall stole the show with his 59-yard touchdown run. As of today, the sophomore running back from Osceola is on the verge of dismissal from the program.

So what happened? 

It wasn’t until moments before last Saturday’s kickoff when the SEC Network announced Korliss Marshall would not play because of a “violation of team rules.” Razorbacks’ head coach Bret Bielema offered some clarity, when asked about why the running back didn’t make the trip to Little Rock, during his post-game interview:

"“There were some choices he made away from the game that are going to keep him out for a while,” Bielema told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.“He’s only got one more opportunity to get it right…and if he doesn’t get it right, then it’ll probably be one of the saddest stories in my coaching career because he’s got a lot of talent and he’s got a great heart.”"

Bielema wouldn’t elaborate on specific actions but admitted Korliss Marshall “made some poor choices” away from football. Additionally, Bielema said he expects the sophomore to be away for  a “period of about three to four weeks.

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The Razorbacks have remained tight-lipped as speculation has taken over. Bielema’s expected suspension timeline has led some to believe Marhsall’s infractions are drug-related or some other criminal activity requiring a day in court. Truth is we cannot be sure and may never know, but the writing is on the wall.

Having already been suspended for team infractions during the last offseason, Marshall may not be around the Razorbacks much longer if he doesn’t get his act together.

Marshall was converted from safety to running back during spring camp and immediately impressed Arkansas coaches. His long touchdown scamper during the spring game capped off an impressive performance where he ran for 99-yards and two touchdowns.