Camp is coming to an end, and before too long the Marshall Thundering Herd football team will begin prepping for the home opener against the Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday, September 6th. The game will be nationally televised as the Herd begins the 2015 campaign.
Many stories have come out of camp thus far, below, Herdhaven will take a look at six intriguing stories that will play out over the coming weeks.
1. Angelo Jean Louis, the former four star recruit from Miami parted ways with the program shortly after camp started. The Herd will most likely miss the All CUSA freshman team play maker, but the emergence of Josh Knight could help ease some of that loss. Jean Louis had been moved to the slot position and placed behind fellow sophomore to be Hyleck Foster. Not that he is no longer around, Knight steps in and has had a solid camp thus far. So well in fact, that senior slot receiver, DeAndre Reaves has been seeing time at the outside receiver position. Knight has good speed, and excellent hands. He will be a true junior this season.
2. The return of safety Tiquan Lang. Lang arrived on campus three years ago and the coaching staff told everyone he was one of the players they were glad they landed on signing day. The junior to be from Valdosta, Georgia, came on strong and played big minutes as a freshman. He battled super star safety AJ Leggett last year for playing time before leaving the program this past spring for unspecified reasons. It was known that he would return, and that he did. Now, two weeks into camp, he is back to battling Leggett for playing time with the first unit. His return is a pleasant surprise as most players who leave, seldom return.
3. The emergence of Devonte Allen. Allen came on big at times last season, having multiple 100 yard games, but he sufferred a rib injury at Akron that hindered him for the bulk of the year. He has stepped up big time this year, his senior season, and expects to be the next big time outside receiver for the Herd. He could join the likes of Aaron Dobson, Nate Poole, James Williams, Darius Watts, Josh Davis, and Randy Moss just to name a few. This is not a comparison to Moss, just saying, the Herd has had excellent outside receivers over the years.
4. Nyquan Harris. Harris arrived on campus last season but was an academic non qualifier. The barrel chested defensive tackle worked hard in his year off both in the class room and in the weight room. He has found himself smack in the middle of the defensive tackle rotation with three fifth year seniors, and sophomore Tomell One. Harris has shown out very well throughout camp and in one scrimmage session netted three quarterback sacks. It will be interesting to see if he makes the rotation. Being a redshirt freshman, it would appear he will.
5. Keion Davis vs Tony Pittman. Most thought over the past few months that Steward Butler, Remi Watson and Devon Johnson would form a three headed monster. Granted, a year ago, most people thought Butler, Watson and Kevin Grooms would form that three headed monster. Times have changed. Grooms and Butler are both gone from the program. Once that happened, it was assumed Tony Pittman would move right in and take the third spot. Although that is most likely how it will play out, former non qualifer Keion Davis is making a run at the third spot. The next couple weeks, behind the veil of closed practices, this will play out, and everyone will find out the results together on the first Sunday afternoon in September.
Three more days of camp, before the practices are closed. The Herd will go at 605am on Thursday, Friday at 530pm, and a scrimmage Saturday at 3pm.
Stay tuned to Herdhaven for further updates.