Holmes Set to Lead Herd in 46 Days

Jermaine Holmes came to Marshall four years ago from Valdosta, Georgia. Holmes arrived on campus and immediately worked his way onto the field as a true freshman. Holmes will begin his senior year on the field against Miami of Ohio in just 46 days. Holmes will be wearing number 46. He will head out onto the field fresh off after being named to the Lombardi Award Pre Season Watch List.

Holmes was rated three stars by scout.com and was ranked the 49th best inside linebacker in the country. When he signed with the Herd he was expected to be a part of what many, myself included, thought could go down as the best linebacker class in school history. Holmes was joined by fellow three star linebackers Robert Way, Deon Meadows and Armonze Daniel. Way and Meadows are no longer with the program and Daniel has since been moved to defensive end where he will enter his redshirt junior season high on the depth chart.

Although the overall class from that year at linebacker turned out to be Holmes, Cortez Carter (who plays a lot of special team) and a couple busts, that does not mean that Holmes is not part of quite possibly the best group of linebackers to be on campus at the same time in school history. Holmes will play alongside the likes of Evan McKelvey, Neville Hewitt, D.J. Hunter, Raheem Waiters, Stephan Houston, and Kent Turene. Add in incoming freshman Raheem Husky and Kaleb Harris and that group of players is loaded with not only potential, but with experience and talent.

Holmes was the third leading tackler on the team last year as a true junior. Holmes ended the season with 84 total tackles. This total included 8.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Holmes also snagged an interception.

Holmes was also offered out of high school by Illinois, Louisville and South Alabama. He entered Marshall as a 6’0”, 230 pound freshman. He is now up to 243 pounds. He reminds many Herd fans of former star Mario Harvey, now of the Indianapolis Colts.

Forty Six years ago the Marshall football program was at an all time low. Although that low would getting even worse in a couple years, first year Head coach Perry Moss was in his first season at the helm. He was brought in to take over for Charlie Snyder who had went winless in the 1968 season. Depending on what stories and old tales you listen to, things did not go exactly by the book in that 1968 season. An old professor even told me it was like he brought in as many players as he could, and had tryouts.

At the end of the day, Marshall concluded the 1968 season with one tie, and nine losses. The season started out on a semi bright note as the Herd tied Morehead State 7 to 7, after getting beat up pretty bad in 1967. Marshall would lose the remainder of its games to finish 0 – 9 – 1, and end up 0 – 6 in the Mid American Conference. The final MAC loss of the season to Kent State would be the final Mid American Conference game for the Herd until 1997, oddly enough, against Kent State. Marshall was kicked out of the conference for multiple rules violations.

Perry Moss would be let go, and replaced by Rick Tolley.

The Herd’s leading producers that year were:

Rushing – Dickey Carter with 72 carries for 405 yards and one touchdown

Passing – John Oertel who completed just 95 passes on 222 attempts for 1,251 yards. He threw 8 touchdowns and an astounding 24 interceptions. The second most interceptions in a single season in school history.

Receiving – Jeff Termes had 34 catches for 546 yards and 7 touchdowns.

In 1946, Marshall was being led by legendary head coach Cam Henderson. One year later, Henderson would take the Herd to its first bowl game in school history, but 1946 was a different story. Henderson and his captains, Jack Gibson and Don Gibson would struggle to a 2 – 7 – 1 record.

Marshall was able to beat Morris Harvey and West Virginia Wesleyan, and worked a tie with Toledo.

There are very few statistics available for that 1946 season.

Marshall, like schools all across the country, have had many players come in to the program with high expectations. One such player for Marshall was defensive end Kingsley Clark.

Clark played for the Herd in the early 2000’s. He was a huge, hulking defensive end. He never could quite break into the starting rotation for whatever reason. Stories go, that multiple scouts would walk out onto the field and point in Clark’s direction, see his build, and his speed and say, “who is number 46?”

Clark never was able to contribute for the Herd, but by all accounts was an outstanding student athlete, who also wore, number 46.

Countdown to kickoff is now setting at 46 days.

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