MU Practices in South Charleston

About 3,000 Kanawha Valley Marshall football fans braved chilly temps (but sunny skies) to watch as the Marshall football team held a practice session at old Oakes Field in South Charleston on Saturday.

The practice session lasted three hours, and featured a normal Marshall practice session followed by full-contact drills at the end. Highlights included WR Darius Watts' 68-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Stan Hill, as well as RB Brandon Carey's 13-yard touchdown run.

"That's something else, throwing to Darius," said QB Stan Hill. "When I see him out there one-on-one, I've got to take advantage of that."

"I'm just tickled to death that this happened for us and our fans" said Marshall coach Bob Pruett.

Quarterback Byron Leftwich did not practice, but rather signed autographs for the Marshall fans nonstop. "Coach Pruett told me to go sign until I'm done," said Leftwich. "It's great for the fans, just to show the fans that we do appreciate them."

The turf at Oakes Field left a lot to be desired (despite being freshly sodded), contributing to Pruett's fears of Leftwich's ankle, which underwent surgery a little more than two weeks ago. "He (Leftwich) hasn't been cleared to do live work yet," Pruett verified. "With the condition of the field, somebody was liable to stumble into him, so we didn't want to take the chance."

MU WR Darius Watts threads his way through the defensive secondary during the practice session in South Charleston, WV.

In Leftwich's stead, Marshall fans got a comprehensive look at backup quarterback Stan Hill. Hill showed a nice touch on the ball for the TD pass to Watts, and also demonstrated that he can zing the ball in there when needed, too.

"I'm just trying to learn, and see if I can run the offense," summed up Hill.

No stats were made available to the media from the practice.

The Herd returns to practice on Tuesday, after taking Sunday and Monday off. Practice begins at 6:30am at Marshall Stadium.

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