A Look Back at The Class of 2014

Two days ago, the year changed over from 2014 to 2015. As we take a deep breath as we prepare for the next 32 days of recruiting coverage, it is time to take a look back to the class of 2014 and see who played, who didn’t play, and who never showed up.

Two days ago, the year changed over from 2014 to 2015. As we take a deep breath as we prepare for the next 32 days of recruiting coverage, it is time to take a look back to the class of 2014 and see who played, who didn’t play, and who never showed up.

The 2014 recruiting class was the top class in Conference USA. The class contained 28 players, this number did include a handful of academic non qualifiers, some of whom are in school now, and some who did not arrive.

Freshman who were not redshirted:

Hyleck Foster – Foster was quickly anointed early in camp by the coaching staff as a player who could potentially not be redshirted. Foster got some playing time early in the year, but as the season progressed, his production and playing time both increased drastically. He was a focus in the Bowl Game as he lined up in the backfield multiple times and this allowed him to get his only two carries of the season. He ended the game with two carries for 12 yards. His production and value to the team leading up to that point came while backing up Tommy Shuler in the slot receiver spot. He ended the year with 18 catches for 254 yards and three touchdowns. He also made three big catches on the game winning TD drive in the CUSA championship game against Louisiana Tech.

Ryan Yurachek – Yurachek signed with Marshall as an undersized tight end. He arrived on campus and his name immediately began being mentioned as a player who would see playing time. Comments were consistently made at how good his hands were. He did not disappoint. He played in all 14 of the teams games. He ended the year with 17 catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns. One of his TD catches was on the road at Florida International and allowed Rakeem Cato to break Russell Wilson’s record for touchdown passes in consecutive games. His catch and run on third down in the CUSA championship game sealed the win for Marshall.

Antavis Rowe – Rowe arrived on campus this summer and per himself and the coaching staff he was small and not ready for college football. Apparently, as the story goes, he took this to heart when he went home for a couple weeks before the start of camp. He arrived back in February and told me on the field at Media Day that he would be one freshman who would not redshirt. He travelled to Miami of Ohio for the first game and played over 45 snaps. He ended up playing in nearly every game and was even in on the final defensive drives in the CUSA championship game. He ended the year with 23 tackles, one pass break up, one forced fumble and one tackle for loss.

Tomell One – One was listed in the defensive tackle rotation right from the beginning of the season. He played some early, before getting plenty of action in the middle of the year. One will be a big part of the interior defensive line for the next three years. He ended the season with 15 tackles in 11 games. He also had one tackle for loss and one sack.

Kendall Gant – Gant came to Marshall as its highest rated recruit in school history. The four star safety from Florida played early and saw some action as the year progressed. He ended his first year with just 6 tackles in 7 games, but fans got to see the future of the Herd safety position.

Jerome Dews – Dews was also a very highly touted recruit. The tall, fast, lanky defensive end made a big splash early as many of his teammates said he was unblockable in practice. He didn’t get to play much, but when he did, it was easy to see that he could be a big time impact player at the defensive end position next year with the loss of RaShawde Myers and Arnold Blackmon.

Two other freshman played and were not redshirted. Wide receiver Donquell “Gator” Green played some early and returned a punt for five yards. A.J. Addison actually started the season battling Sebastion Johannson as the starting Left Tackle before Trevor Mendleson took over after the Big Swede was moved inside to guard following the season ending injury to starting guard Blake Brooks.

Eight recruits arrived on campus last summer and were redshirted. Those players were

Kaleb Harris – Harris came in as a linebacker and has since moved to Tight End

Freddie Binot – Made great strides along the offensive line

Nathaniel Devers – Could be a factor in the offensive line next year. If he is able to play center, the Herd could leave Michael Selby at Right Guard.

Emmanuel Beal – Beal nearly lost his redshirt early after injuries to Davonte Allen, Justin Hunt, and Angelo Jean Louis, but the impact of Deontay McManus allowed him to keep his shirt on.

Jordan Dowrey – Dowrey is one of those tough, gritty offensive lineman that Doc Holliday and Alex Mirabal have come to really like.

Laderrick Hammond – Hammond was running neck and neck with Rowe as the freshman defensive back to not redshirt.

Ryan Bee- Bee is a tall defensive end.

Cole Garvin – Garvin will begin his second spring camp in a couple months. He is expected to battle Michael Birdsong, Chase Litton, and Gunnar Holcombe to take over for Rakeem Cato.

The following players are on campus as non qualifiers:

Chris Williams Hall
Kenneth Rawls – Rawls originally signed with Northern Illinois and is a tall outside wide receiver.
Nyquan Harris
Jason Smith – Smith actually enrolled last January so he is eligible and participated in bowl practice and will be in spring drills.
Malik Thompson – Like Smith, he also enrolled last January and is eligible.
Francisco Hernandez- Could be one of the best defensive players in the whole class
Keion Davis

Demetrius Johnson did not arrive on campus last year, went to prep school in Georgia and just recently recommitted to the Herd and is trying to enroll in January.

As is with most recruiting classes, several players were not able to get things in order and did not arrive on campus, those players are, Reese Wooten, Alex Cason, Rayjon Simes, Brandon Mitchell, Maurice Hall, and Quintavious Knight.

Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com as we help you put together the Class of 2015.

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