Five Questions for 2014

The Marshall University Athletic Program has a lot of great things going on right now. The basketball team heads to South Carolina tonight to battle the Gamecocks, and the Football team is coming off of a ten win season which included a Bowl Win over a BCS program and a CUSA Eastern division title.

However, before diving into all that fun stuff, I want to take a quick look at what the starting lineup could be for the 2014 football season. A season that should see the Herd as at least a touchdown or better favorite in each game in which they suit up.

First, a look at the offensive side of the football:

Quarterback – Rakeem Cato, no brainer here, Cato has a great shot at breaking every record set by Chad Pennington.

Running Back – Steward Butler, Remi Watson and maybe, just maybe Kevin Grooms. Do not rule him out of the mix just yet. The baby backs from 2012 could be back together again in 2014. Watson looked excellent in the bowl game, he looked faster and stronger than he ever has.

Wide Receiver- Tommy Shuler returns to the slot position, trying to be one of only a handful of college receivers to have three 100 catch seasons. Demetrius Evans returns, as does Craig Wilkins, Justin Hunt, and Jazz King. The biggest player eligible next year will be Angelo Jean Louis, who I believe will start along with Shuler and Wilkins.

Tight End – Eric Frohnapfel and Devon Johnson return to attempt to take over where Gator Hoskins left off. However, in my opinion, the 2014 starting tight end catching the deep cross patterns, and the floating TD passes will be Deontay McManus. McManus, the former West Virginia signee was able to practice during bowl season, and will also have spring practice and the summer off season to work out with his teammates.

Offensive Line – From left to right, Open, Blake Brooks, Michael Selby, Chris Jasperse, and Clint Van Horn. I would assume that a JUCO transfer will be brought in to play left tackle. If a young guy like Eric Ansley or Sandley Jean Felix somehow works their way into the mix, than Van Horn will move to the left.

Kicker- Justin Haig

Now, onto the defensive side of the ball which could/should be a fun group.

The defensive front:

Defensive ends of Rashawde Myers and Ricardo Williams. Gary Thompson will be in the mix as well

Defensive tackles- James Rouse and Steve Dillon. Jarquez Samuel and Josh Brown will be in the mix.

Linebackers – Neville Hewitt, Evan McKelvey and either Jermaine Holmes or Kent Turene.

Corners – Darryl Roberts and Keith Baxter

Safety – Tiquan Lang and A.J. Leggett

Punter- Tyler Williams

Long Snapper – Matt Cincotta

How close will this be to how it plays out in the fall, or for the spring for that matter.

Here are some questions that remain unanswered, and are the biggest questions heading into the offseason.

1. Who will play the tackle position opposite Clint Van Horn?

2. What will happen with D.J. Hunter?

3. Where will Kevin Grooms end up?

4. Can Angelo Jean Louis answer the outside WR position, which was lacking in a still very successful 2013 campaign?

5. Who plays corner opposite Darryl Roberts?

This makes for a very exciting off season for Thundering Herd Fans.

Recruiting season is amping up. I will have a couple photo galleries up over the next few days, and Basketball is about set to enter CUSA play.

It will be a busy time of year, stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates.

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