LSU's Terrace Marshall Jr. exits for draft after recent speech about 'finishing season'
BATON ROUGE - LSU star wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr., announced via Twitter on Sunday that he has declared for the NFL Draft.
Marshall, a junior from Parkway High in Bossier City, is expected to be one of the first receivers taken in 2021. It is not known if he has COVID-19.
"Since a kid, to play in the NFL and to retire my parents has been my No. 1 mission," Marshall tweeted. "After careful consideration, but with faith, I have decided to declare for the NFL Draft. Geaux Tigers - Rest in peace, Grandma and Papa, Terrace Marshall Jr., No. 6."
Marshall caught a 3-yard touchdown pass with 38 seconds left in Saturday's 20-7 loss at Texas A&M for the Tigers' only score. He is leaving just as the Tigers (3-4) are preparing to host No. 1 Alabama (8-0) at 7 p.m. Saturday on CBS. After that, LSU plays at No. 5 Florida (7-1) on Dec. 12.
Marshall caught 10 passes for 134 yards and the touchdown against Texas A&M. He had 48 catches this season for 731 yards and 10 touchdowns in seven games. It was his healthiest season as he battled various injuries in his freshman and sophomore seasons. He caught 46 passes for 671 yards and 13 touchdowns in 12 games last season during the Tigers' 15-0 national championship season. He caught 12 passes for 192 yards in 13 games in 2018 as a freshman.
"I was really disappointed in our plan, disappointed in our execution,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said of LSU's offense after the loss to the Aggies. "Look at a guy like Terrace Marshall, look how hard he played. Look at the catches he made. We have to use these guys better. We've got to have a better plan."
Marshall is the second highly ranked receiver draft prospect from LSU to exit this season. Junior Ja'Marr Chase announced he would skip the 2020 season before this season to prepare for the NFL Draft.
Marshall's announcement came within two weeks of a motivational speech he made to his teammates in which he said, "We've still got a mission ahead of us, and we've got to keep playing and keep rolling." This was the week of the Arkansas game.
"We've got to keep our eyes focused on the prize," Marshall said at the time. "That's to finish this season out the best way that we can."