Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE
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.