Marshall Football: Practice, Day Three

Marshall "heated" up in practice two, as the mercury and humidity returned to more August-like highs today as the Herd prepares for the opening game against Hofstra on August 30.

Nate Howard of Spring Valley High School, in nearby Wayne County, has been moved from defensive line to the center position. "He is a 270-pound athlete who happens to be a very good football player," said Pruett. "Right now we have a need at center, to back up Joey Stepp, to make sure we have a good, solid two offensive lines."

The defensive line picked up some help when Jamaal Whyce received his ok from the NCAA Clearing House last night and joined practice today. Roger Garrett is the only player of the 105 allowed for preseason practice not to be on the field. "We expect to hear right now, or right away, on Garrett," said Pruett.

Huntington High product Hiram Moore made a very pretty, one-handed catch in receiver drills that even got some "ohhs" from his fellow receivers.

Senior Ben Lewis was the most consistant in kicking field goals and extra-points in practice. Geremy Rodamer is looking very good fielding punts and kickoffs, a sore point for the Herd in 2002.

Practice on Friday is 3:00 p.m., then at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning before the Media meets with coach Pruett and his staff at noon. Players will be on the field for photos, for both fans and media, at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.>/p>

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