November 14th is a day that is in the mind of Marshall fans all across the country. This year, the day marks the end of the home careers for 16 Marshall football players. Each year, one could say that the departing class has made an impact on the program, this season, is no different.
The Herd will say good bye to seven defensive players, seven offensive players and 2 special teams players. Of those 16 players, 11 of them are current starters.
Join Herdhaven in congratulating the following Sons of Marshall on their outstanding careers. Careers that saw them win a Conference USA championship for the first time in school history, two conference USA east championships, and three bowl games.
They still have a chance to add to that list as they are currently in control of their own destiny in the conference and have been bowl eligible since week 7.
Davonte Allen – Wide receiver from Florida who has had an excellent career.
Keith Baxter – A legacy player, son of Marshall legendary wide receiver Keith Baxter.
Remi Watson – Running back who has battled injuries and extreme depth on the depth chart to map out a very solid career with the Herd.
Taj Letman – Letman came to the Herd out of junior college. The coach that recruited him to Marshall hinted that he could have went and played anywhere in the country. He has proven that to be a fact the last three years.
DJ Hunter – Hunter was the first ever “mystery recruit” in message board land. He came to the Herd after some off the field issues and has turned into one of the best linebackers in quite some time to play for the Herd, and a leader in the community as well.
Evan McKelvey – McKevley is the brother of former Marshall great Omar Brown. McKelvey has battled two injures and has come back stronger than ever.
Tyler Williams – Probably the best punter in the history of the school.
Devon Johnson – Johnson came to Marshall as a lightly recruited two star running back. He played some tight end and even linebacker early in his career in practice before getting his big chance last year. He did not disappoint, putting up record setting numbers in yards and TD’s. He has battled some injuries his senior year but will go down as one of the best running backs in school history.
Tom Collins – Collins was a former walk on from nearby Williamstown High school. He battled his way and earned a scholarship last season.
Sebastian Johansson – The Big Swede as he is known to Herd fans has anchored the left side of the offensive line for a couple years now. H
Clint Van Horn – Van Horn entered his senior year hoping to be the starting left tackle and spring board to a career in the NFL. He suffered an injury early, and still could come back after a medical redshirt year. Time will tell.
Matt Cincotta – Never heard of him? That’s a good thing, he is a four year starter at long snapper and when you don’t know your long snapper’s name, then that means he is just flat out good at his job.
Joe Woodrum – Former walk on tight end who earned a scholarship a couple years ago.
Steve Dillon – Dillon was former USC commitment. He came to Marshall and was an academic non qualifier. Ever since he gained eligibility he has been an anchor at the defensive tackle position.
Jarquez Samuel- Samuel came to the Herd with teammate Jermaine Holmes. Holmes did not redshirt and finished up last year, Samuel however is ending his Marshall career playing his best football. He has been a leader both on and off of the field.
Ricardo Williams – Williams transferred to Marshall as a defensive end from Miami of Florida. He was moved inside and has played with the other two seniors at a very high level throughout the year.
Marshall kicks off Senior Day tomorrow at 330pm. The players, coaches, and fans all hope that there will still be one more game at The Joan for this group the first Saturday in December in the Conference USA championship game. To do that, the Herd must win the next two games and win the tie breaker over LA Tech.
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