Gather Around the Water Cooler: Norfolk State

Marshall improved to 2 - 1 with a win over Norfolk State this past weekend. Herdhaven takes a look inside the game, and inside the numbers, with the rist editions of Gathering Around the Water Cooler.

Marshall came into Saturday’s game a deflated team after losing on the road just a week earlier to the Ohio Bobcats.  Norfolk State would prove just to be what the “Doc”tor ordered as they rolled into the June Saturday afternoon.  The Herd would fall behind early 7 – 0 before scoring the games final 45 points en route to a 45 to 7 win.


Herdhaven will take a look at notes and nuggets of information from this past weeks game outside of your basic stats. 


Devon Johnson rushed for over 100 yards again, pushing him comfortably up over the 2,000 yard mark for his career.


Freshman running back Keion Davis, wearing number 18, received his first game action of the year and registered his first career rushing touchdown.


The big news came shortly before kickoff when it was announced that Junior Michael Birdsong was injured and would not start, instead, the offense would be led onto the field by true freshman Chase Litton out of Florida.  Litton came out slinging completing his first 7 passes en route to a record setting day.  Litton ended the day connecting on 24 of his 31 attempts for 270 yards and four touchdowns.  He completed passes to 10 different targets. 


Wide receiver Nick Mathews, a walk on from Virginia which Herdhaven was the first to report on his commitment this past year, caught his first pass in green and white.


Frankie Hernandez was a highly regarded recruit out of the Class of 2014.  He was unable to be eligible as a freshman so he had to set out a season.  Hernandez put on weight and strength and made a huge splash in summer camp.  He has been starting on special teams thus far and has made some huge hits.  Seeing his first significant snaps on defense this week, the freshman now wearing number 35 recorded 7 total tackles putting him at second on the team for the game.


Former four star, and UGA commit, Kendall Gant got the start at safety in place of the injured Tiquan Lang and AJ Leggett.  Gant recorded four tackles before coming out of the game late for Cody Carter.


Freshman defensive tackle, Nyquan Harris, continued to see ample reps both early and late in games.  Harris recorded 3 more tackles.


Redshirt freshman Ryan Bee who came to the Herd as an offensive lineman out of high school, changed his number to 91 and has moved up the depth chart at defensive end.  Bee registered three tackles in his first important snaps as a college football player.


Jason Smith, a mid year enrollee last season out of prep school played early and often in place of the injured Tomell One.  Smith ended the day with two tackles.


Corey Neely, a late signee out of Georgia Military Academy this summer saw some late action at safety and had a pass break up.


DeAndre Reaves, Tom Collins, Jordan Dowrey and Chase Litton had their first career starts on the offensive side of the ball.  Kendall Gant had his first career start.


Former three star Virginia commitment, TJ Griffin, who came to the Herd mid way through August has already been thrust into action on special teams.  Wearing number 20, Griffin, is getting many of the reps that would have most likely went to freshman Antonio Howard.  Howard will miss the season due to an injury.  Both Howard and Griffin will provide big time speed and talent in the defensive backfield for the next four seasons.


Kaleb Harris and Aaron Plantt saw some late game action, as did redshirt freshman lineman Federice. Fellow redshirt freshman Nate Devers saw some action late in the game, but not at the guard position, instead he backed up Michael Selby at center.


Taj Letman snagged another interception, giving him three in three games.  That gives Letman 8 picks on his career.  Two more would move Letman into the school’s career top 10 list.


Marshall received a verbal commitment from currently unrated linebacker Omari Cobb out of Treasure Coast High School in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. The 6’5”, 208 pound linebacker made a visit to the Herd and committed shortly thereafter.  Chris Jackson, who had already committed to the Herd early this summer, visited campus this weekend as well.


Marshall throws it back old school this weekend when the travel to Kent, Ohio to take on the Golden Flashes of Kent.  The game is slated for a 3:30pm kickoff on ESPN3.


Check out later tonight for a link to Coach Doc Holliday’s weekly press conference.


Season stat Totals below for the first quarter of the season:



Chase Litton – 24 for 31 for 270 yards and 4 Touchdowns

Michael Birdsong – 39 for 69 for 340 yards and 2 Touchdowns



Devon Johnson – 54 carries for 386 yards and 3 Touchdowns, career stats up to 265 carries for 2,161 yards and 23 touchdowns



Hyleck Foster – 11 catches for 64 yards

Ryan Yurachek – 10 catches for 81 yards and 1 Touchdown, career stats up to 27 catches for 230 yards and 2 touchdowns

Davonte Allen – 9 catches for 77 yards and 1 Touchdown, career stats up to 52 catches for 974 yards and 9 touchdowns

Justin Hunt – 7 catches for 93 yards



Evan McKevley – 29 tackles, 164 for his career

Tiquan Lang – 26 tackles, 130 for his career

DJ Hunter – 20 tackles, 252 for his career



Gary Thompson – 2 sacks, 7 for his career

DJ Hunter – 1 sack, 6.5 for his career



Tiquan Lang – 2 interceptions

Taj Letman – 3 interceptions, 8 for his career


Herdhaven will work to follow up with the current commitment list for 2016 throughout the week and provide an update on each.


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