This is due to a variety of reason, with the number one reason starting with the fact that the Herd's number one tailback coming into the season, Tron Martinez, is injured and out for the foreseeable future.
Another concern is injuries along the offensive line. Marshall brought in two junior college lineman, Gage Niemeyer, and Billy Rone to offset for the loss of departing seniors Ryan Tillman and CJ Wood. Rone arrived late and has not played. Niemeyer is starting, however there have been other injuries. Garrett Scott went down early on in the West Virginia game, and Josh Lovell and John Bruhin have both missed extensive playing time. This is three starters that the Herd had counted on.
Luckily, Marshall has been able to plug in Jordan Jeffries and Alex Schooler across the front to help out. This is a good fix now, but next year Bruhin will be gone, and Schooler, Jeffries, Scott and Niemeyer will all be seniors. Obviously, reinforcements will be needed via the 2013 recruiting class.
Marshall currently has four commits, three of the four are offensive lineman. This past weekend, one of those lineman, Cody Collins took his official visit, and my most accounts, had a great time. Another solid commit, Michael Selby, will be taking his official visit in January, but will be visiting the campus on his own over Homecoming weekend. The final commit is a 6'4", 295 pound, three star lineman from Miami Northwestern High School. His name is Gerald Wright.
Wright committed to the Herd quite some time ago, and has remained steadfast in his commitment, even though he has yet to visit campus. He is unsure at this time, of when he will take his official visit as right now he is 100% focused on finishing a successful High School career. Wright is ranked as the 80th best offensive guard in the country, he can also play center and play along the defensive line.
Currently, his team is 3 – 0 and ranked 22nd in the state of Florida. The Bulls have three dominating wins. They have beaten North Miami Beach 42 to 6, Norland 24 to 6, and Coral Gables 38 to 3. Wright has been an impact in each of the three wins on both sides of the football. They will play the 2 – 1 Carol City Chiefs this Friday night.
Wright insists that he is fully committed to the Herd and cannot wait to be a part of the Thundering Herd upon his completion of Northwestern High School.
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