The rain rolled in early in the week, and continued to fall throughout the pregame festivities and on into the game and until the game was over. It was windy, it was unseasonably cold, and it was wet. It didn’t just rain, it rained to the point that nothing was dry, and nothing wasn’t cold. Still, Marshall rolled to its first Conference USA victory of the season over visiting Old Dominion. Did the final score of 27 to 7 look like total domination? Maybe not, but this was simply never a game.
This game left me with multiple questions, but none of which were negative towards a team that has only lost 2 games out of its past 19.
Which leads to the title of today’s article. Am I the only one?
Am I the only one who may have seen the emergence and potential domination of Ryan Bee? Herdhaven followed Bee throughout the spring and summer camp and continually noted how good he was playing, and how his size and length could lead to him being an excellent defensive end.
Bee came to Marshall as an offensive lineman and immediately was moved to defensive end. He has been worked into the rotation as the season progressed and yesterday made a huge impact. He ended the day with 13 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and one fumble recovery.
Am I the only one who has watched our, one time fourth string running back, run for over 100 yards in consecutive games? Tony Pittman followed up his excellent performance at Kent State with a 32 carry, 129 yard, 1 TD performance at home against Old Dominion. At one point, just a few months ago Pittman was listed tied for fourth on the depth chart with Brandon Byrd. He was behind Devon Johnson, Steward Butler and Remi Watson. Since that time Byrd has transferred, Butler was dismissed from the team and Watson and Johnson are battling injuries.
Am I the only one who heard Coach Doc Holliday say that there was a great chance Devon Johnson would be back for this Friday’s game against Southern Miss. Johnson has been battling injuries throughout the season, and has only ran the ball five times since the Norfolk State game, missing the ODU game all together.
Am I the only one who realizes that we are already three starts deep into our true freshman quarterbacks season and his fourth start will also be at home. Chase Litton came in for an injured Michael Birdsong and has proceeded to throw for 633 yards, 8 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Birdsong, who won the job out right in spring and summer, appears to be getting closer to being back and healthy.
Am I the only one who saw Shawn Petty not only get his first playing time of the year, but show that he could be a dominate force in the middle. Petty, the transfer from Maryland, has been out since the start of the season with an injury. He made his first appearance this week early in the first quarter and made an immediate impact. He helped thwart an early drive, then proceeded to cause a fumble and end the day with 8 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass break up, and 1 quarterback hurry in addition to the forced fumble.
Petty has the potential to add a little more athleticism to the middle of an already stout defense.
Am I the only one who realizes that opposing offenses still haven’t reached the 100 total point mark for the year against the Herd defense. Through 5 games, Marshall’s defense has given up just 95 points.
There are just a few things that I know I have realized in the past 24 hours or so.
Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for updates on this past weekends visitors and a look at who may visit this coming Friday night game against Southern Miss.