Marshall Football: Day Four

Marshall put on the shoulder pads, knee braces and hit with a "thud" on Friday. The turf was soaking wet from a "Thunder" storm that passed through Huntington between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., but the "Bob Pruett Sun Shield" was in place for practice as usual.

With shoulder pads on, the defensive players hit but do not take down offensive players in "thud;" at least, in theory. There was some terrific collisions between the offensive line and defensive front seven in "seven on seven" rushing drills. The first team offensive line-left tackle Nate McPeek, left guard Luke Salmons, center Joey Stepp, right guard Toby Bullock and right tackle Nate Griffin-looked like they had been together two weeks, instead of two days, in the rush blocking. Joining the defensive side of the ball in practice today was Roger Garrett, who was given the go by the NCAA Clearing House last night. "Bob Pruett said, "Everyone is on the field and everyone should be eligible, as the players did a great job in summer school. Only a few have to finish the current semester, but I anticipate no problems, grade-wise."

Once again, Wilbur Hargrove was making great over the shoulder catches in receiver drills and will look to push for playing time. Running backs Butchie Wallace, Earl Charles and Tank Tunstall were very sharp. Freshman quarterback Bernard Morris looks like a good pickup for MU, with good throwing motion and footwork for a yearling, especially for a walkon who turned down a scholarship at UCF because they wanted him to move to defensive back or receiver.

Marshall will practice Saturday at 9:00 a.m. The team will be on the field for pictures about 1:30 p.m., following Coach Pruett lunching and meeting with the media. The team will put on full pads for the first time on Sunday, so that crashing noise you hear is not thunder, but Thundering Herd.


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