Spring football is a time for returning players to get more reps before the incoming freshman arrive in the summer. Typically there are only 60 to 65 scholarship players on campus due to the graduating senior class having finished up their eligibility. The time is ripe for the younger players to make a splash, that is especially true for the redshirt freshman who will be going through their first spring practice after a tough set of winter workouts.
Herdhaven.com will now take a look at several of the redshirt freshman who will be participating in spring drills.
Number 11 Xavier Gaines – Quarterback – 6’2”, 220 pounds
Gaines is expected to join sophomore to be Garet Morrell and junior to be, and returning starter Chase Litton in the battle for the starting quarterback position. Litton has been the two year starter and should come out on top in what could be one of the deepest group of quarterbacks since AJ Graham and Rakeem Cato battled for the job in the summer of 2011.
Number 22 Jestin Morrow – Defensive Back – 5’10”, 160 pounds
Morrow is one of the best athletes on the team, combining speed, excellent hands and explosive play making ability. He should remain at the defensive back position, and should see some time returning kicks and punts.
Number 30 – Simino Walden – Wide Receiver - 5’8”, 150 pounds
Walden came to Marshall with Antonio Howard. Howard has since departed, and Walden was at one point, just an after thought. He has battled coming in as a greyshirt, then being a partial qualifier, but is still here and is starting to make some noise. I fully expect his weight to be higher when the official roster is released later today. Walden should get some time in the slot position.
Number 45 - Brandon Drayton - Safety - 6'3", 175 pounds
Drayton originally was headed to Indiana before arriving at Marshall late last summer. He has a big body, built a lot like former Marshall safety Taj Letman who had an excellent career. Drayton should get plenty of action this spring with Jeremiah Maddox moving to linebacker and CJ Reavis being limited due to injury.
Number 50 – Will Ulmer – Offensive lineman – 6’3”, 287 pounds
Number 55 – Alex Mollette – Offensive lineman – 6’3”, 293 pounds
Number 68 – Alex Salguero – Offensive lineman – 6’3”, 320 pounds
Number 70 – Sean Behrens – Offensive lineman – 6’3”, 302 pounds
Number 71 – Tarik Adams – Offensive lineman – 6’3”, 298 pounds
The five redshirt freshman lineman were able to hold on to those redshirts last year and get bigger and stronger. This is the true future of the program and they are being treated as such. The fact that none of them were forced into action last year was huge. Many expect Mollette to break into the rotation first, but Adams has looked solid since his arrival and with the recent departure of Fred Binot, along with the graduation of Michael Selby and Clint Van Horn, the line is wide open. Behrens will most likely see minimal action this spring due to injury, but all five should battle for position spots throughout the spring and summer into next year.
Number 82 – Cody Mitchell – Tight End – 6’2”, 232 pounds
Mitchell is a local product from Point Pleasant High School. He should get plenty of reps this spring due to the tight end position being somewhat depleted minus Ryan Yurachek and Armani Levias.
Talk about the redshirt Freshman at the link below, but continue to scroll down for news on a couple others who redshirted and will be interesting to keep an eye on .
Then there are a few others who redshirted last season, or have just arrived.
Number 43 Robert LeFevre – Kicker – 6’2”, 180 pounds
LeFevre could get a look at the kicker position given how inadequate it has been the past two seasons.
Number 49 Noah Hoxie – Tight End – 6’3”, 222 pounds
Hoxie was a transfer linebacker from Air Force. He has been moved to tight end with the graduation of Emmanual Byrd and with Kaleb Harris no longer eligible due to medical issues.
Number 60 Joey Maddox – Defensive Tackle – 6’0”, 272 pounds
Maddox is freakishly strong, has a big motor, and the pedigree to be a very good defensive tackle. Maddox transferred to Marshall last season from Savannah State to play with his brother Jeremiah Maddox. Maddox should be in the two deep at the tackle position by the time the dust clears.
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Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates and stories as the spring progresses.