Marshall Football: Day Two, PM

Marshall's first practice of the 2003 season got underway with all 105 players expected in camp. Four more days of one-per-day practice sessions will take place in helmets and no pads before suiting up on Monday.

Marshall backup quarterback Adam Black will be out at least two and one-half weeks with an inner ear problem. Coach Bob Pruett said, "Adam will see an ear specialist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on August 21 to determine what can be done to correct the problem. That is a soon as we could get him in to see the doctor."

That will leave Stan Hill, Graham Gochneaur and Jimmy Skinner as the #1, 2 and 3 quarterbacks, with freshman Bernard Morris as the current #4. Transfer qb Tim Besselo will run the scout team in 2003, then have four years to play at Marshall as a 2002 "grey shirt" (not enrolling until January of 2003 at Fresno State, then transferring to MU).

Geremy Rodamer received his clearance for practice on Tuesday evening and joined other Herd receivers on Wednesday. Only defensive linemen Jamaal Whyce and Roger Garrett are awaiting paperwork for their release for practice and Pruett expects it very soon, even as early as Wednesday evening for Whyce.

Freshman kicker Ryan Wykoff, who did not show for equipment as scheduled on Wednesday morning, got his gear and joined fellow freshman Ian O'Connor in the mix to replace Curtis Head. Senior Ben Lewis is Marshall's most experienced kickers, Lewis hitting 2-2 extra-points in 2002. Also in the kicker race is sophomore Nick Kelly.

Practice for Thursday at 3:00 p.m. No injuries to report from first practice.


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