Freshman Hiram Moore, has burst onto the scene with great high school credentials and has been an eye-opener for fans and coaches alike throughout MU pre-season football practice. The Huntington High Highlander was an All-Mountain State Athletic Conference, WV AAA All-State and North-South All-Star Game selection, while playing for coach Richard Williams at Huntington. In his junior campaign, he had more than 800 yards receiving and scored eight touchdowns while adjusting to his first year in the receiving corps.
His final year at Huntington, Moore played on both sides of the ball, seeing time as a receiver and at defensive back. According to Marshall head coach Bob Pruett, the 6-foot, 185-pound freshman will be called upon to play a number of roles as he makes his transition to the collegiate ranks. "He has been doing excellent," Pruett said. "We are looking at him as a punt returner as well as receiver. He has been doing a great job in the red zone (inside the 20-yard line). He has a lot of courage."
Moore said the collegiate game is far more complex, but the goals remains quite simple. "I just want to get in the game and not drop balls," Moore said. "Everything else will come into place." He has also seen lots of familiar faces in the stands his first week in the MU green and white, not a big change from the HHS green and gold. "I have family out here watching me every day," Moore said. "It has been great."
Pruett remains optimistic with the Herd's progress. Marshall practiced Tuesday in a slightly cooler atmosphere, utilizing the grass practice field for the afternoon. "They look wonderful," Pruett said of his team and the grass fields. "We are scheduled to be on the grass field every afternoon throughout preseason."
The Herd is scheduled to have practice on Thursday at 4:30 p.m., then another double (8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) dip on Friday. The team will hold it's first full scale scrimmage on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. "Choose-A-Seat" Days at Marshall Stadium will be held on Thursday, August 14, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, August 16, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for fans still waiting to purchase their season tickets. The HerdZone and RedZone season tickets, in the endzone and on the side by the goal line and selling for $65 and $85 respectively, are the best values this fall.
Also on Saturday, the 2002 video documentary on Marshall Football called "Running With The Herd" will be sold after the scrimmage with a special autograph signing. Coach Pruett, along with several graduated members of the 2002 squad, will be on hand to sign copies of the video. A portion of the proceeds go to the Big Green Scholarship Foundation.