Marshall finished third in Conference USA last season after playing for the CUSA Eastern division championship in the final week of the season at Western Kentucky. The offense had seen a slipped a little in production from the breakout 2014 season under Rakeem Cato. The offense looks to return to its form from years past this season as quarterback Chase Litton heads into his sophomore campaign.
Marshall will lose top Running Back Devon Johnson and two of its best receivers in DeAndre Reaves and Davonte Allen, however the Herd offense will not be at a loss in regards to talent.
The Herd returns the following offensive players from a team that averaged over 31 points per game last season.
2. Hyleck Foster – 94 carries for 593 yards, 4.5 yards per carry and 3 touchdowns
4. Keion Davis – 73 carries for 331 yards, 4.5 yards per carry and 2 touchdowns
5. Tony Pittman – 64 carries for 327 yards, 5.1 yards per carry and 3 touchdowns.
3. Ryan Yurachek – 44 catches for 417 yards and 9 touchdowns
4. Deontay McManus – 35 catches for 344 yards and 1 touchdown
5. Justin Hunt – 20 catches for 295 yards and 4 touchdowns
6. Emmanuel Byrd – 19 catches for 214 yards and 1 touchdown
Marshall also returns
Josh Knight – 3 catches for 44 yards
Nick Mathews – 4 catches for 29 yards
Raylen Elzy – 2 catches for 8 yards
Chase Litton – 230 for 383 at 60.1 percent, for 2,605 yards, 23 touchdowns and 8 interceptions
Nick Smith – 18 for 25 on field goals with a long of 42, 48 for 48 on extra points
Amoreto Curraj – 0 for 2 in field goals, 2 for 2 on extra points
Marshall finished CUSA last year ranked in defense in the following categories:
5th in scoring offense at 31.3 points per game
3rd in Rushing Offense at 168.9 yards per game
6th in Total Offense at 400.4 yards per game
6th in Passing yards per game at 231.5 yards
7th in 3rd down conversion percentage at 39.9
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