The Herd has two number forty threes on the roster this year, with one of them being walk on running back Kevin Rodriguez. The other number forty three will be worn by senior linebacker Neville Hewitt. Hewitt arrived in Huntington last season as a junior college transfer from Georgia Military Academy. Hewitt missed all of spring camp with an injury but expects to be right back in the mix once August camp gets underway in less than two weeks.
Hewitt was the second leading tackler on the team last year. Hewitt played in all fourteen games, starting twelve of them. He ended the season with 85 total tackles. Among those tackles included 3.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks. In addition to the sacks and tackles, he had two takeaways for the Herd defense and forced another. Hewitt had one interception, and one fumble recovery.
Hewitt should be right in the mix on the depth chart with returning linebackers Evan McKelvey, Jermaine Holmes, Raheem Waiters, Stefan Houston and D.J. Hunter. Kent Turene is also expected to be back and healthy.
In 1943, Marshall did not field a football team due to World War II. The Herd had just ended a poor 1942 campaign in which legendary Coach, Cam Henderson’s squad went 1 – 7 – 1. The Herd would have been coming into the 1943 season on a one game winning streak as they ended the year with a 13 to 7 homecoming win over Bradley. Marshall was led by captains Sam Clagg and Paul McCuskey.
Forty Three years ago, in 1971, the Marshall football program was coming off of the most tragic sports tragedy in history. The Young Thundering Herd battled their way into the hearts and minds of fans everywhere. The Herd came out and lost its first game against Morehead State, but that set the stage for what many believe is not only the greatest game in school history, but one of the greatest games in college football history.
Marshall played Xavier in game two at Fairfield Stadium. The rest as they say is history, Marshall defeated Xavier 15 to 13 on the last play of the game. The Young Thundering Herd would later go on to upset a very good Bowling Green team at home on homecoming 12 to 10.
Marshall would finish the year just 2 – 8 and score only 57 total points, but they began to set the foundation for the program as it is today.
Marshall was led by head coach Jack Lengyel and captain Nate Ruffin.
The leading passer on the team was Reggie Oliver, who through the game winning touchdown pass against Xavier. Oliver ended the year with 77 completions on 177 attempts. He threw two touchdowns and six interceptions.
Larry Steed led the Herd in receiving with 35 catches for 483 yards and two touchdowns.
Felix Jordan led the Herd with 2 interceptions, and George Jackson was a special teams star for the Herd.
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