Comparing Oregon and ASU Brothers Byron and Cameron Marshall

Kay JenningsContributor IIIOctober 11, 2012

Comparing Oregon and ASU Brothers Byron and Cameron Marshall

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    Greg and Tammie Marshall got off light. Their two sons, Arizona State's Cameron Marshall, and his baby brother, Oregon's Byron Marshall, both earned college scholarships. Let's ask them for a loan, shall we?

    Cameron, now a senior running back for ASU, had a terrific year in 2011 as a junior. Fellow RB Byron is off to a terrific start in his freshman campaign at Oregon.

    Will we see both Marshall brothers in the Oregon vs. Arizona State game on Oct. 18?

    Before we head down to the desert, it would be fun to compare stats and look at the brothers' performances so far in 2012.

Cameron Marshall

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    Expectations were high for Cameron Marshall as he entered his senior year for the Sun Devils.

    As a junior in 2011, Marshall rushed for 1,050 yards. Add in his receptions, 24 for 188 yards, and Marshall had total offense output of over 1,200 yards. His single season 18 touchdowns earned him a tie for first on the ASU all-time list.

    Those 18 TDs also were second in the Pac-12 Conference last year behind only LaMichael James (20). For the record, Marshall had 97 yards and one touchdown in a losing effort (41-27) at Oregon last year.

    Marshall is currently fourth on the all-time Arizona State list with 29 rushing touchdowns.  Before the 2012 season started, you would have given Marshall good odds to top ASU record-holder Woody Green's 39 touchdowns.

    But Marshall seems to have fallen on comparatively hard times this year.

    In five games, he has 49 rushes for only 164 yards and four touchdowns. Marshall also has seven receptions for 74 yards and one TD. Clearly, he has some ways to go to beat last year's results.

    There doesn't appear to be any apparent reason for Marshall being off last year's pace—maybe Dennis Erickson was a better running backs coach than Todd Graham.

Byron Marshall

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    Byron Marshall seems to be yet another in the long line of accomplished Oregon running backs.

    In six Oregon games so far, Marshall has seen action in four games—all in a backup role to two of the nation's finest backs. He has one less carry (48) so far than his big brother, but—whoa, Nelly—Byron has 258 yards compared to Cameron's 164.

    I think I know who will get the biggest drumstick at the family's Thanksgiving this year.

    Oh, but wait, Byron has a paltry three touchdowns compared to Cameron's five. More pie for Cameron.

    Byron is averaging a healthy 5.38 yards per carry, compared to Cameron's 3.3 average.

    Although Cameron gets some work at receiving, too, his rushing game average is only 32.8 yards, compared to Byron's 64.5 yards.

    Wonder if we will see Byron grabbing any tosses from Marcus Mariota before the season ends? Perhaps the Ducks are working on that right now, given their questions at the wide receiver position.

Tale of the Tape

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    Cameron is a stocky 5'11", 215 lbs. Byron is smaller at 5'10", 201 lbs, but, hey, he's still a baby.

    Byron may be smaller than his big bro, but he's the biggest of Oregon's three scholarship running backs. As such, he provides a bit more power running than Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas. But, make no mistake, Byron also has speed to go along with that power.

    You don't really think he would be a running back for the Ducks if he weren't fast, do you?

    Of course not, don't be silly.

Competition

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    In an interview with the Daily Emerald, the University of Oregon's campus newspaper, Byron Marshall said that he and his brother are competitive about everything: football, video games, eating.

    Eating? OK.

    I don't know who wins that competition between the brothers, and I don't want to know. But it will be interesting to see how their college football careers compare when all is said and done. As much as we've enjoyed watching Cameron Marshall tear up the Pac-12, Byron's fast start with the Ducks looks equally promising.   

    It would be nifty to see both Byron and Cameron in the Oct. 18 duel in the desert.

    I'm sure that Greg and Tammie will be there, counting all the money they didn't spend on college for their boys.

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