Marshall also moved freshman Travis Noel to rover, with the extended injury to the ankle of Dennis Thorton. Coach Bob Pruett explained the Herd was trying to get the best players at each position to help win ball games. Other freshmen in the mix to make the "travel squad" for Marshall include defensive lineman Roger Garrett and wide receiver/return man Hiram Moore.
Hit of the day Tuesday went to defensive back Fernado Durden. Running back Earl Charles broke free in a drill and looked to be gone for a score when Durden ran him down and planted his helmet in Charles' chest, a textbook tackle. Charles body smashed into turf, and then his helmet whipped to the field as well. Fans and players were impressed.
Marshall went easy on Wednesday morning, practicing only one and one-half hours as they prepared for the 3:30 p.m. last scrimmage of camp. Jamus Martin, who hyper extended his elbow on Monday, returned to practice but was held out of contact. Thorton, Curtis Keyes (groin), Jamaal Saunders, Renaldo Williams, Kevin Atkins, J.T. Rembert (stinger in neck) and Graham Gochneaur (flu) were out Wednesday, although Atkins and Rembert may scrimmage. One additional note: everyone is eligible for the fall, according to coach Bob Pruett.
"We have guys sitting out who would play if there was a game today," said Pruett. Pruett, Bob Marcum, Dr. Dan Angel, Royce Chadwick, Mitch Jacobs and new men's basketball coach Ron Jirsa will join Herd fans this evening in Charleston's Marriott Suites for the sixth annual "Paint The Capital City Green." Tickets can be ordered by calling 1-866- I HERD 10 and you will save money over the price at the door.
Marshall will practice Thursday at 3:30 p.m.