Practice Number 4: Shawn Samuels

Beautiful Spring weather has finally settled into Huntington, West Virginia. The skies were blue and the temperatures were a little cool today as around 50 Marshall fans settled into the Joan for the fourth of fifteen spring practices for the Thundering Herd. The practice was a fast paced session in full pads. The staff seemed to get the most out of all three units.

Practice notes will follow, however, for now I would like to throw out two names from recent recruiting classes who could be two players to watch this spring, and then again this fall.

The safety position is one that has been discussed often on this site as both starting safeties from last season graduated. Doc Holliday made a move before camp to move all CUSA linebacker D.J. Hunter back to his former safety position which immediately improved the spot. The Herd then brought in a big time junior college transfer in Taj Letman. It was believed by many, myself included, that Letman would walk in and immediately take over the starting spot beside Hunter.

However, that was not the case, instead, sophomore Shawn Samuels has seemed to roll in and take over that spot. Samuels, wearing number 29 now, is a big, fast, safety who seems to always be around the ball.

Samuels chose Marshall after committing to both Arkansas and UAB. Samuels is from Bainbridge, Georgia. When Marshall fans look at Samuels he is built like, and resembles a former Marshall safety, Philip Gamble. Gamble also wore number 29.

It just so happens that Samuels knows Gamble, and in fact they went to the same High School in Georgia.

A second player to keep an eye on is number 80, Chris Alston, Jr. Alston, Jr is a small, fast slot receiver who had an explosive spring last season. He was set to make a big impact last year before an injury sidelined him and caused him to redshirt.

Alston, Jr is now running with the second team, and has moved outside at times.

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