Game Week is finally here. Since the beginning of August the Marshall Thundering Herd football team has been battling themselves. Finally, in just a few short days, they will have an opponent to hit instead. The Big 10’s Purdue Boilermakers march into town this Sunday to take on the Herd. Currently, Vegas experts list the Herd at around a touchdown favorite. Throughout the week Herdhaven will have different topics to discuss. Today we will take a look at the defensive backs.
Marshall lost four year starter Darryl Roberts to graduation and then the NFL draft this off season. Roberts was drafted late by the New England Patriots and was doing very well until suffering an injury that could cost him his rookie season.
The Herd has a plethora of very talented defensive backs ready to step in and take over this season.
The starters are currently senior, and oft injured, Keith Baxter. Baxter, a Marshall legacy and son of former wide receiver of the same name, has battled multiple injuries throughout his career. Baxter, thus far, has made it through camp without any injuries. Opposite Baxter will be junior Corey Tindal. Tindal, who came to Marshall with his former teammate Kent Turene had an excellent season last year, before struggling late in the season against Western Kentucky. Tindal has spent the summer going up against talented wide receivers Davonte Allen and Deontay McManus.
Backing up Baxter and Tindal will be Rodney Allen and Antavis Rowe respectively. Allen came to the herd as a wide receiver out of the Dallas, Texas area. He was moved to corner mid way through the 2014 season and has flown up the depth chart. Allen was pushing Tindal at one point and would be able to step in and play if need be. Rowe came to Marshall last year as an undersized player with a ton of potential. After arriving on campus in June, he left for the summer knowing he needed to get stronger. He came back in late July bigger, faster, stronger and ready to play. He got into the season opener at Miami of Ohio and played over 40 plays. Rowe will back up Tindal and should be the number one nickel back to start the season.
Backing up Rowe at nickel will be Chris Williams Hall. Williams Hall was nearly a member to the recruiting class two and a half years ago. He finally reported this past January and made an immediate impact. Many experts said that Williams Hall could be one of the most talented players in that recruiting class. He made a big impact in spring camp and is on the depth chart now. He will back up Tindal and Rowe at corner and will back up Rowe at nickel.
The depth chart should be:
Chris Williams Hall
Chris Williams Hall
Defensive Backs signed in the Class of 2015:
Three star Antonio Howard
Three star Von Davis
Howard made an immediate impact and was getting reps with the first and second unit at corner, and was getting reps at punt returner.
Davis is an academic non qualifier who is on campus.
The most recent addition to the class of 2015 came to the Herd just a few days ago. Former three star UVA commit, TJ Griffin has joined the Herd and is eligible immediately.
The class of 2016 has one corner already committed.
Three star DB Jestin Morrow from Hilton Head Island High School has already committed to the Herd and is expected to be a part of the upcoming class along with his three star safety, teammate Jeremiah Maddox.
Stay tuned to Herdhaven for further updates and more stories.