Marshall Wide Outs Set For Solid Season

Doc Holliday has lost two very good wide receiver coaches in the past three years. Each time he has lost one, he has went out and secured another top quality coach. This past off season, Holliday traveled just down the interstate a half hour or so and brought in a wide receivers coach with an extreme amount of experience.

This particular coach had served the past two seasons as the head football coach at Kentucky Christian University in nearby Grayson, Kentucky. Prior to that he was a wide receiver in the NFL, and not just any wide receiver, but a very productive wide receiver.

Mike Furrey ended his career at Northern Iowa, and went undrafted. He began his professional career in the XFL, then moved on to the Arena League before catching on with the St. Louis Rams. In 2006, Furrey led the NFL in catches with the Detroit Lions. While with the Rams, he played both wide receiver and defensive back. A lot like former Marshall wideout Troy Brown did with the New England Patriots.

Furrey arrived at Marshall earlier this year and has made an immediate impact. For those who attend the open practices, Furrey runs his group of wide receivers as if they are his own team. Furrey brings a head coach mentality to the field. He is very good at seeing mistakes players make during team scrimmages, and then immediately taking the group to the sidelines to work on things they may need to improve. Today in practice, he noticed some were not getting off the ball well, so to the sideline they went.

Furrey has no problem jumping right in with the drills as well, and can even be seen in cleats at some points. His NFL defensive back ability still gives some receivers some issues on the field. He actually prevented ALL CUSA wide receiver Tommy Shuler from scoring a touchdown in 1 on 1 red zone drills today.

Furrey has a large group of very talented wide outs to choose from. Seniors Shawney Kersey, Devon Smith and Demetrius Evans, should see ample playing time. However, younger guys such as Davonte Allen, Justin Hunt, Craig Wilkins and Josh Knight are battling for time as well. Then there is Shuler, who has been quarterback Rakeem Cato's top target since their arrival together from Miami Central High School.

The Herd has also nailed down two early commitments from wide receivers Alex Cason and Reese Wooten.

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