LSU Football: It’s hard to blame Terrace Marshall Jr for his decision

LSU Football WR Terrace Marshall Jr Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
LSU Football WR Terrace Marshall Jr Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports /

LSU football will be without its best wide receiver the rest of the season.

LSU football wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr announced on Sunday that he’s opting out of the rest of the 2020 season and will enter the 2021 NFL Draft.

Since a kid, to play in the NFL and to retire my parents has been my #1 mission,” said Marshall in an Instagram post. “After careful consideration but with faith, I have decided to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft”.

The junior wide receiver added, “To Coach O and the LSU staff, thank you for presenting me with the opportunity to contribute to LSU, my three years at such a great university will forever be cherished”.

Marshall played in seven games this season for the Tigers, catching 48 passes for 731 yards, and ten touchdowns.

It’s hard to blame the LSU football star for his decision

In most years, a player leaving a team for the NFL before the end of the season would be looked at as a selfish move.

But 2020 isn’t an ordinary year.

COVID-19 is a real concern for players. Not only for their own health but also because of who they might spread the virus to if they contract it.

On top of the COVID-19 scare, there’s also the fact that the 2020 season is pretty much a cluster. Games getting canceled, rescheduled, etc. No one really knows what to expect on a week to week basis.

Marshall obviously has a bright future in football. And he has nothing to gain by staying at LSU for a few more games this season. However, he has everything to lose. An injury at this point in the season could cost Marshall millions in potential earnings.

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Part of the allure of playing in the SEC is the great tradition and large crowds. There’s none of that this season. And with LSU out of contention in the SEC West, it’s a no brainer for Marshall to bid adieu and start preparing for the NFL.