Half Way Mark

Not much need be said about the first six games of the Marshall Thundering Herd Football season. Missed opportunities late in games, ill timed score altering turnovers, and a relatively difficult opening stretch has led to a very disappointing two wins and four losses.

Marshall has enjoyed a week off to regroup, and get ready for what, on the surface, appears to be an easier second half of the season, but is it?

After losing heartbreakers to Tulsa, Purdue and Ohio, Marshall has put itself squarely behind the proverbial eight ball. Marshall now heads to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to face the winless University of Southern Mississippi. USM is struggling, off to an 0 – 5 start with a road game looming at UCF. One would think, that an easy win should be imminent. However, when taking a look at the USM slate, you can see that the schedule was not kind to the Golden Eagles. They suffered losses to Nebraska, Louisville, and Boise State, all were ranked. They lost on the road to an upstart Western Kentucky team, and dropped a close one at home to CUSA mate ECU.

The game in Hattiesburg, will not be an easy win simply due to the poor record. Marshall will have to come out and play a flawless game in order to get a road victory. Then Marshall has UCF rolling into the Joan for a late Saturday night kick off in what should be a great college football atmosphere. These two games are crucial as the Herd continues on its quest for its first ever CUSA Eastern Division title.

Other Notes:

- The Coaching staff has been on the road the past few days beating the pavement in search of the future Marshall footballers. Coaches Jajuan Seider and Todd Hartley have been battling down in South Florida trying to reel in a couple outside wide receivers which will be needed to replace departing senior starters Antavious Wilson and Aaron Dobson. Craig Wilkins and Davonte Allen are the only ones on campus at this time that fit that bill.

- After the aforementioned USM and UCF games, Marshall concludes the season with games at home against Memphis and Houston and on the road at UAB and ECU.

- Marshall Basketball fans, Thundering Herd Madness is this Friday night at the Cam. Tickets are $5.

- Rakeem Cato has completed passes to 17 different pass catchers this season. Leading the way is the nations leader in receptions, fellow true sophomore Tommy Shuler. Shuler has 58 receptions for 562 yards.

- Gator Hoskins leads the team in touchdowns with seven. Hoskins has proven to be a tight end with multiple talents. He has shown the ability to catch the ball in tight spots from goal line situations, as well as the ability to get down field and make a play. This past weekend he showed his speed on a lengthy catch and run for score late in the game against Tulsa.

- Steward Butler goes into the half way mark leading the team in rushing attempts and yards with 61 for 321 yards. Both he, and fellow freshmen Kevin Grooms and Remi Watson are averaging over 5 yards per carry. Grooms and Watson have 4 touchdowns each.

- Local running back David Gaydosz followed up his six touchdown performance against Woodrow Wilson with another six touchdown performance against Winfield. That is 12 touchdowns in the last 8 quarters of football for Gaydosz who leads the number one Cabell Midland Knights.

- Through 6 games, Cato has already exceeded last years totals in passing yards and touchdowns.

- Last year, Aaron Dobson led the team in catches with 49. So far this season, Shuler has 58, and Dobson has 42. Antavious Wilson is proving to be the down the field threat this season as he leads the team at 12.2 yards per grab.

- Marshall's offense, although highly touted at this time, must find a way to convert the few times that the defense forces a punt. The last 5 times this has happened, the offense has only put up two touchdowns. This includes big time opportunities at the end of losses to Ohio and Tulsa.

- Marshall commits Michael Selby and Gerald Wright are enjoying solid seasons for their respective high schools. Neither have made official visits as of yet, however, Selby did make an unofficial visit this past week. I am working to get an interview set up with Selby at some point this week.

- Marshall quarterback commit Kevin Anderson is injured and done for the season.

- Just a reminder that there is help coming at the linebacker position next season with the return of injured Billy Mitchell, and the arrival of non qualifier Kent Turene. Turene could be a big time player for the Herd.

- Keith Baxter is quickly building his own little Baxter Island. Very few quarterbacks are throwing his direction, and when they do, more often than not, passes are not completed. He already has four pass breakups.

- Dominick LeGrande and Okechukwu Okoroha, transfer safeties from Boston College, lead the team in tackles with 60 and 59 respectively.

- Call in show at the Pub tonight at 7pm.

- Enjoy your off weekend this week. One game of big time interest kicks off at 8pm Saturday night on CBSSN, as USM travels to UCF. As poor as USM has played, they have only one CUSA loss, and technically control their own destiny. This is a huge game for both teams.

- Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates.

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