Weekly Recap

Marshall has now made it through its second off week of the season. Each off week coming after a four game stretch. Marshall marched through the previous for games with wins over Old Dominion, Middle Tennessee State, Florida International and Florida Atlantic. The Herd is ranked in both major polls but came up short in the first playoff poll of the season.

Last week, the Herd trailed for the longest time period of the season as it took Marshall until three minutes to go in the third quarter before Marshall took the lead for good. Marshall would tack on two additional touchdowns in the fourth quarter to come away with a 35 to 16 victory.

Players of the Game:

Offense: This may be one of the biggest no brainers in school history. Devon Johnson rushed the ball 24 times for 273 yards. He put four touchdowns on the board and topped the 1,000, 1,100 and 1,200 yard marks on the season.

Defense: The defensive player of the game could have went to any number of players. Marshall gave up just 16 points, including shutting out the Owls the final 32 minutes of the game. Neville Hewitt and Jermaine Holmes each had 18 tackles, and Safety Taj Letman had a dozen. However, the Herdhaven.com defensive player of the game is senior defensive end Arnold Blackmon. Blackmon was all over the place making tackles and pressuring the quarterback.

When the game ended, Blackmon’s final stats were, 7 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 additional quarterback hurries and one pass break up. He also had a pass breakup the previous week at FIU which led to an interception by defensive tackle Jarquez Samuel. Blackmon has been filling in quite well for the injured Gary Thompson.

News and Notes for the week:

Yesterday, Marshall received a verbal commitment from Dade County prospect Doyle Grimes. Grimes visited Marshall a few weeks back and thoroughly enjoyed his visit. He de committed from Syracuse and then this week pledged his commitment to the Herd. Grimes is a linebacker who is rated three stars by Scout.com

Quarterback Rakeem Cato will be making a trip to Morgantown, West Virginia to be interviewed on ESPN Gameday. This announcement caused quite the stir amongst the Mountaineer faithful, so much so that the planned outside interview (per reports) was moved inside the Gameday Bus. Tom Rinaldi will be conducting the interview on the Herd’s record setting quarterback.

See what Marshall and West Virginia fans are saying about the interview here Marshall fans discuss the reactions of West Virginia fans about Rakeem Cato’s visit to GameDay

Marshall was unranked in the Playoff Poll released this past Tuesday evening for the first time. East Carolina is ranked 23rd and currently is the highest rated non power 5 conference team. Marshall needs the Pirates to lose a game in hopes the Herd can leap frog them in the poll and get a major bowl, provided of course that the Herd wins out.

Florida Atlantic ran 90 plays to Marshall’s 59. The Herd tallied 546 yards in just 59 plays. Marshall had two first half scoring drives which lasted under 28 seconds on the clock. This caused the Marshall defense to spend a lot more time than usual on the field. Even with the extra work, Marshall was able to hold the Owls to just one touchdown and three field goals.

Marshall held the Owls to just 166 yards in the second half on just 37 plays. The Owls did not score, had four punts, and turned the ball over on downs twice.

Freshman Tomell One continues to garner more and more playing time. One finished the game with a career best five tckles.

Rakeem Cato edges closer to Chad Pennington’s touchdown pass record, needing just five more to take over first place in school history.

See Cato’s chase here Cato chases Pennington

Next up for Marshall, the Herd travels to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to battle Southern Miss next Saturday at 7pm.

The Marshall basketball team opens up with a exhibition game next Saturday at 4pm.

Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates.

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