The conflict that Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall had with a Monday evening class and practice has been resolved.
Marshall said Monday that he had switched out of the 6 p.m. class and into another that did not pose a conflict.
Two weeks ago, coach Paul Johnson voiced his concern about Marshall’s participation in the class, as he is the starting quarterback, but allowed him to leave early because “school trumps practice.”
Marshall said that he believed that the class he dropped was a requirement for graduation. He said he’ll take the class next semester instead.
Marshall said that Johnson told him that he didn’t want him in the class, “so I’m not in the class anymore.”
Players leaving practice early for classes is not unusual at Tech, but Johnson had particular concern this season. Monday practices are not as critical for game preparation as Tuesday and Wednesday practices, but with Tech playing two non-Saturday games – a Friday night game at Louisville and a Thursday night game against Virginia Tech – that means that the Jackets’ Monday practices those weeks will carry more importance.
Marshall has other concerns this week, principally improving his play from Saturday, when he had trouble with his accuracy in the passing game in the season opener against Alcorn State, overthrowing multiple targets. On his Monday night radio show on 680 the Fan, Johnson also said that Marshall needed to show “better awareness of what’s going on around him.” Tech plays USF in Tampa on Saturday.
“A lot of things to work on, a lot of things that I saw during film that I need to work on,” Marshall said. “Wasn’t really the best I could play, but I’ll be better this week, for sure.”