65 Days Until Kickoff

As the World Cup continues on and the baseball season nears the All Star Break, football fans across the nation are counting down the days until their teams kickoff their season. Marshall fans are the same way. The number is down to just 65.That's right, just 65 more days until the Herd takes on Miami of Ohio in Oxford, in what many predict,will be the first game of an excellent football season.

As we have been doing on and off for the past few weeks here at Herdhaven.com we have been taking a look back based on the number of days remaining until kickoff.

Today, that number is 65, first, a look at the current roster.

Cody Collins will enter the 2014 footballs season wearing the number 65. Collins is a former two star offensive lineman from Trotwood, Ohio. Collins was ranked the 128th best offensive guard in the country coming out of high school.

Collins is a 6'1, 281 pound offensive guard/center, who could work his way onto the two deep depth chart at center by the time the season starts. He would have to edge out current starting right guard Michael Selby if something would happen to senior All CUSA center Chris Jasperse.

Collins chose Marshall over other offers from Toledo, Bowling Green and Western Kentucky.

Sixty Five years ago the Thundering Herd still played for Marshall College. It would be sometime before it would become Marshall University. Hall of Fame Head Coach Cam Henderson was still the coach in the 1949 season. The Herd's captains were Marvin Wetzel and Danny Clark.

The previous season, Marshall limped to a 2 – 7 – 1 record. This had to be very disappointing around Huntington, as Marshall had just went to their first ever bowl game the previous year, losing in the Tangerine Bowl to Catawba. It would be the last bowl game the Herd would play in for 50 years.

Marshall finished the 1949 season with a 6 – 4 overall record. The Herd finished undefeated, 4 – 0, in the OVC.

In 1965, Marshall, led by Head Coach Charlie Snyder, finished the season with 5 wins and 5 losses. There was a lot of excitement in the program, and no one could have predicted the records of the next 19 teams. That's right, the 1965 team was the last team to finish with a non losing record until the 1984 Herd defeated East Tennessee State to end the year 6 – 5.

The 1965 season started off with a bang as the Herd ran off to a quick 4 and 0 record. Marshall then proceeded to lose the next five games, before defeating Ohio University in the final game of the season.

Marshall's statistical leaders for the year were as follows:

Rushing – Mickey Jackson 186 carries for 704 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Passing – Alex Sansosti 34 for 66 for 366 yards, one touchdown and 8 interceptions
Receiving – Ken Simpson had 30 catches for 404 yards and zero touchdowns.

Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates. Including an article later today with information regarding two visitors this week, and a commitment from the weekend.

Herd Haven Top Stories