HUNTINGTON – When Marshall takes to the Edwards Stadium field for its 12th practice of the spring on Friday – and an important scrimmage session – its Heisman Trophy candidate, Rakeem Cato, likely will get 75 percent of the reps at quarterback.
However, the senior from Miami isn’t likely to be the focus, as the Thundering Herd continues to search for Cato’s backup eight days before the Green-White Game closes spring workouts.
At Friday’s scrimmage – a 1:30 p.m. practice start with scrimmage work commencing around 2, and open to the public as are all Herd weekday workouts – veteran Herd offensive coordinator and QB coach Bill Legg will focus on backups Gunnar Holcombe, Cole Garvin and Kevin Anderson as much as his star pupil.
HUNTINGTON - Marshall head football coach Doc Holliday has moved up the final scrimmage of the year to earlier in the day on Good Friday, April 18.
The Herd football program will hit the turf at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, and the scrimmage will start at 2 p.m. Holliday said to expect many of the first team players to get a generous amount of reps in the scrimmage, including seeing some defensive starters who sat out last Saturday's scrimmage, like linebacker Evan McKelvey, tackle James Rouse and cornerback Darryl Roberts.
This scrimmage is open to the public with no restrictions, like the past two scrimmages had for Big Green members only. There also is no charge for this open scrimmage.
The offense scored six times last week, as the defense has been working on some schemes the Herd staff picked up tips on with visits to school like Michigan State and Ohio State earlier this spring. Expect the defense to use its full scheme on Friday, including blitzing as well as nickel or dime packages.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – The Marshall men’s golf team ended its regular season in historic fashion as the Herd won the inaugural Greenbrier Collegiate Invitational at the Old White TPC on Tuesday, April 15.
Marshall topped co-host Bowling Green State University by four strokes to win the tournament held at West Virginia's premier resort and golf course, home to The Greenbrier Classic on the PGA Tour June 30-July4 and owned by former Thundering Herd golfer Jim Justice, who played in the green and white from 1972-74.
“I’m really happy for the guys,” Marshall coach Matt Grobe said. “They played so hard today. The weather conditions were really tough (Tuesday) and the kids fought hard and finished strong to get the win. It was really good to get a win before heading to Oklahoma for the Conference USA Championship.”
HUNTINGTON – When Jasia Richardson’s shoes finally hit the welcoming sand to finish the longest college women’s triple jump in the nation this season, she knew she had done something special.
OK, she hoped she had.
"Was it legal? Please let it be legal," Richardson said when asked her first thoughts after leaping a Marshall outdoors record of 44 feet, 6 inches (13.56 meters) Saturday in the Hilltopper Relays at Western Kentucky. "Please … please, let it be legal. The first thing I checked was the official. I said, ‘What was the wind?’"
HUNTINGTON - Marshall will draw a double-bye for the upcoming Conference USA Women's Tennis Tournament, to be held starting on Wednesday, April 16, through April 20, at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center in Norfolk, Va., hosted by Old Dominion.
Marshall will be the No. 4 seed, and will await the winners of round one's match between No. 13 UTEP and No. 12 UAB, which is Wednesday at 2 p.m. The winner of that match moves forward for play on Thursday against No. 5-seeded Louisiana Tech, also being played at 2 p.m. on April 17.
Marshall will play the winner of that match on Friday at 2 p.m., and with a win the Herd would move ahead and figures to meet the No. 1 team in the tennis tournament , Tulsa, in a match which would take place at noon on Saturday, April 19. The championship round for the tournament is set for Easter Sunday, April 20, at 10 a.m.