HUNTINGTON – The All-Conference USA football team announced Tuesday was an affirmation and confirmation for the Marshall program.
The recruiting acumen and hustle by coach Doc Holliday and his staff are making a difference.
Holliday’s 2013 team (9-4) heads for the Dec. 27 Military Bowl to face Maryland (7-5) with 21 selections on the all-conference and C-USA All-Freshman Teams. In Holliday’s first three seasons guiding the Herd (2010-12), the number of total picks was 8, 6 and 17.
IRVING, Texas — Conference USA announced its 2013 All-Conference football teams today, as selected by the league's 14 head football coaches.
All 14 schools were represented with at least one selection and 10 placed at least one player on the first team. C-USA champion Rice produced the most total selections with 10, while East Division champion Marshall had nine on the first and second teams, 16 in all including the Honorable Mention selections.
Rice and North Texas each had the most first team choices with five, followed by Marshall and Tulane with four.
Marshall produced three players who were first team offensive selections and one player from the defense. Senior tight end Gator Hoskins, who leads the nation's tight end with 13 touchdowns, caught 44 passes for 717 yards (16.3 ypc) with a long of 50 and averaged 55.2 yards per game as a Mackey Award semi-finalist this season.
Hoskins is joined by junior slot receiver Tommy Shuler (97 catches for 1,097 yards and 9 touchdowns, averaging nearly 85 yards per game receiving) and junior center Chris Jasperse on the first team. Shuler is the first Marshall receiver to have back-to-back 80-plus catches in two seasons, with 110 in 2012, while Jasperse has 38 starts in his career, most on the squad, as well as his 906 snaps in the regular season leading the team as did his grade of 86 percent over 12 games.
The Herd’s first team defensive selection is senior defensive tackle James Rouse, who is hoping to get a sixth-year from the NCAA after missing the 2011 and 2012 seasons with injuries. Rouse had 35 tackles, 18 solos, a team-best 12.0 tackles for loss (minus-41 yards), 4.0 sacks (minus-27 yards), three passes broken up, five quarterback pressures and one blocked kick.
IRVING, Texas — Conference USA has announced its 2013 All-Freshman football team, as selected by the league's 14 head football coaches.
East Division Champion Marshall produced a league-high five players on the team, while East Carolina, Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss each had three players selected to the league's freshman squad. All told, 12-of-14 C-USA teams were represented on the all-freshman squad.
Marshall's five selections included four defensive members starting with defensive end Gary Thompson, the Dec. 2 C-USA Defensive Player of the Week after he had two interceptions in a division-clinching win over East Carolina, including returning one for a touchdown. He played in all 13 games, starting one.
Thompson was 16th in tackles on the Herd, with 27 stops (10 solo), 5.0 tackles for loss (minus-30 yards), 3.0 sacks (minus-18 yards), 7 quarterback pressures, 4 passes broken up, 2 fumbles recovered and 1 forced fumble.
The Marshall Thundering Herd women won at home on Dec. 9 vs WVU Tech, 86-42.
McKenzie Akers, Chelsey Romero and AJ Johnson led herd scoring with 14 points each in the win over their in-state opponents.
HUNTINGTON — Marshall women’s basketball came into the WVU Tech game Monday night a little short handed, as four players were suspended from starting by Coach Matt Daniel.
Without those players in the first half, Marshall raced out to a 41-17 lead with three freshmen on the floor on the way to an 86-42 romp over the NAIA Golden Bears.
Marshall improved to 3-4 on the season — although just one win has come over Division I opponents — and Tech stayed at 2-8, counting this game as an exhibition as NAIA schools are allowed.
The Herd now leads the all-time series with the Golden Bears, 10-0, and the two teams had not met since Dec. 1, 2001, when Marshal won 98-57.
The 44-point margin did not approach a record in the series — going back to 1981-82 — as the Herd won by 64 back on Nov. 26, 1984, but was impressive with the players who were held out led to Marshall having three freshmen on the floor much of the first half,
“In the first half, we suspended four players, and Justine Boerger is unavailable with an injury,” Daniel said. “We relied on our youth while those players were serving the suspensions.
IRVING Texas — Conference USA Football Champion Rice leads six teams into bowl games, joined in the postseason by East Carolina, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas and Tulane.
Rice will play in the 55th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl at 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 in Memphis, Tenn. The Owls will be making their first appearance in the Liberty Bowl as they make back-to-back bowl appearances for the first time since 1960-61 after winning last year's Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Rice will meet SEC member Mississippi State in the game.
Marshall returns to the postseason for the second time in three years as the Thundering Herd will play in the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md. Marshall is scheduled to play Maryland from the ACC on Friday, Dec. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
East Carolina will play postseason football for the seventh time in eight seasons when it plays in the Beef `O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl on Monday, Dec. 23, at 2 p.m. The Pirates will play Mid-American Conference member Ohio. It will be ECU's first appearance in St. Petersburg.