And play they did. After an opening 10-play series featuring the #1 offense and defense, Marshall's crop of younger returners -mixed in with true freshmen- took the field.
45 minutes later, and the Marshall coaches learned some things, like:
*Moriah (Mo) Anderson, a true freshman, is eerily like former MU safety Rogers Beckett. He's that good, already. Anderson spent most of the afternoon scrimmage flying all over the field, making tackles from sideline to sideline. "He's really done a good job. He's a real physical kid, as he showed today," said defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo. "If in a pinch we had to put him out there right now, he would be able to hold his own, no question about it," Anarumo added. "It's just tough as a freshman. That's the hardest thing."
*Running backs Chanston Rodgers and Brandon Carey are healthy, and should do some damage this year. Unlike in 2000, when injuries to both limited their playing time, forcing Franklin Wallace to step up and carry the load in the backfield. Wallace is still the one to beat, but it never hurts having two other backs just as good as your #1 guy.
*WR Josh Davis is going to be a threat. The 6-1, 195 pound redshirt freshman made six catches for 68 yards. Enough said.
Roberto Terrell and Ben Poe are going to be pick-meisters. Terrell had one interception, while Poe had two, returning one for a TD.
"Some of the younger guys did some really good things," Marshall coach Bob Pruett added.
"We're just chugging along. We'll look at the film and see where we're at," summed up Pruett.