Marshall entered spring camp with four quarterbacks battling for one position. James Madison transfer Michael Birdsong, and incoming freshman Chase Litton joined returning players Cole Garvin and Gunnar Holcombe. All four quarterbacks have been battling to take over the spot of record holder Rakeem Cato who’s eligibility came to an end after the Herd defeated Northern Illinois in the first ever Boca Raton Bowl.
As the battle rages on, into, and through the Green and White game this weekend, another quarterback is getting ready to travel nearly the entire length of the country to start his career at Marshall. Parker, Colorado quarterback, Kyle Gallup committed to Marshall early on in the year, and remains in contact with the coaches at Marshall, most notably, offensive coordinator, Bill Legg.
Gallup attended Chaparral High School in Parker and will enroll at Marshall as a walk on hoping to make a big enough impact to win a scholarship offer at some point. Gaullup said, “I am coming in as the underdog. But I am used to it. Coming in from Colorado, not many are giving me a shot.” “I am just really excited to get to Huntington and get started working.”
“I will be coming on June 8th for summer camp. I am coming then so I can compete and get with the team. I really liked all the guys, and I really enjoy seeing how well they are all doing.”
Gallup said he is up to 6’2” tall now, and 205 pounds. “I hope to get up to 215 pounds, or 220.”
I asked Gallup why he chose Marshall. Gallup said, “I reached out to Marshall last August (2014). I sent them updates and film every week. Then finally, in January, they contacted me and said they would love to have me. The coaches were all very honest and very nice. They really seemed to want me in Huntington, and I really wanted to go somewhere that I was wanted.”
As mentioned before, Gallup will come to Marshall as a walk on, however, he believes that he can compete for a spot on the team and ultimately earn a scholarship. “I will do whatever it takes to earn a scholarship. I think that the coaches really know my work ethic, I just want to get there and show it.”
Gallup completed 170 of his 256 pass attempts last season. He ended the year with 1,850 yards, 20 touchdowns and 9 interceptions over nine games.
Stay tuned to Herdhaven as we follow up on the class of 2015.