Frisby Ready to Work

Marshall University has been known for bringing in walk ons who have thrived and left the program in better shape than before they arrived. Players such as Ron Lear, Randy Moss, Ahmad Bradshaw, Essray Taliaferro and Chris Jasperse were all walk ons at one point, and all played major rolls in getting the program to where it is today.

Doc Holliday is known for bringing in highly talented walk ons and if they prove to be good enough to play, he has no problem playing them, or even starting them. Whether it be an All Conference center in Chris Jasperse or running backs that led the team to multiple wins, if the talent is there, Holliday will play you.

In recent years, Holliday has brought in walk ons such as the aforementioned Jasperse as well as running backs Essray Taliaferro and Tron Martinez. All three were brought in and all three became vital parts of the program. Taliaferro led the team in rushing two years ago and ended his career with a huge win over Maryland in the Military Bowl. Martinez was a work horse. A running back whose heart was as prominent as his talent. In his junior season, running on a very bad knee, he willed the team to just enough victories to claw their way into the St. Pete Bowl.

One could say that that one single season put forth by Tron helped to catapult this program to the next level. And he was a walk on.

Every season student athletes walk on all across the country, many are gone by the first spring, a few stick around like the three mentioned above.

Holliday hopes that he and defensive line coach and one of the Herd’s recruiters in the state of Virginia are going to strike it big again with incoming walk on running back Damonte Frisby.

Frisby, whose lead recruiter is Price, is from John Handley High School in Winchester, Virginia. The 5’9”, 185 pound running back is very talented and comes in sporting a 4.49 time. In his senior season, Frisby rushed for a little over 800 yards and 8 touchdowns. He said, “I only got about 10 touches per game, I pretty much played defense most of the time.” Although he is a defensive back as well he does expect to come to Marshall and play running back.

I asked Frisby why he chose to walk on at Marshall over other interest from several local schools, one being James Madison. Frisby added, “It just seemed like a good place for me. I felt at home at Marshall. I wanted to come there, walk on and earn a scholarship.” He also said, “They love to win, and I love to win. I also feel I could learn from the three senior running backs and come in next year ready to play.”

The three senior backs Frisby is referring to are Devon Johnson who exploded onto the scene last year as a first year running back, Remi Watson, and the explosive Steward Butler. Butler, who has never been a starter, has over 2,000 rushing yards in his career.

“I know that Doc plays the best players,” Frisby added when speaking about being a walk on.

He said he would be coming to Marshall ready to work. He will also be coming in with fellow 7 on 7 teammate, wide receiver Nick Matthews. More on Matthews later.

Frisby will find out after the Green and White game when he will be reporting to campus.

Stay tuned to Herdhaven throughout the off season as we try to put together what the 2015 Thundering Herd Football Roster will look like.

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