One guy who could not wait on pads, however, was junior college linebacker Brandon Souder, who "lit up" running back Kyle Echols on a screen pass catch, knocking Echols clear off his feet. Later, Souder tackled tight end Mike Nolan after a eight-yard reception over the middle. "We've got to teach Brandon how to practice without pads," joked Snyder after practice. "There's something about that kid, though. Some kids just pop out at you without pads, but I think he'll be a guy who pops out with pads on."
Receiver Hiram Moore hauled in this pass at the new midfield logo during Thursday's practice.
Snyder also liked how Souder, and many other players, were in shape during this learning period of no pad practices. "It's easier to learn when you're in shape, it's more fun." Conditioning is part of the effort on the defensive line, especially for junior college tackles Juan Underwood and Chris Terrell. "We've got to work (those two) into shape. Everything is different when you're tired," Snyder said. "It's hard to compete and we are also trying to figure out where our team is on the defensive front; are we a four-man, five-man or three-man front? We'll know more when we get the pads on.
The defense worked on footwork early in Thursday's practice at Edwards Stadium.
Fans will be invited to catch that first pad practice, Monday, August 8, at 3:20 p.m. Fans are also invited to get one item autographed by the team from 6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Friday, August 5, following the team picture in the stadium. Saturday's practice, August 6, is also open to the fans, starting at 3:20 p.m., as part of "Choose-Your-Seat Day." There will be a tailgate contest and kids play area in the West Lot from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., with remotes from both "The Planet" 92.7 FM and "The Dawg" 93.7 FM. Bring in your satellite TV bill and Charter Communications and Adelphia will switch you to cable and give away a pair of MU season tickets.
Marshall coach Mark Snyder jumped in during special teams instruction.
NOTES:Mark Snyder is working MU hard on special teams, even doing the kicking himself during a punt block drill...Nate Howard returned to practice today at second team center...Nate Manns, Dennis Thorton and Donte' Newsome missed practicing with what appeared to be minor injuries...Michael "Kool-Aid" Owens and Larry Jarrett were former players visiting practice today...QB Bernie Morris was throwing "darts" today in passing drills and during team...senior wideout Wilbur Hargrove had some impressive grabs (with just a couple of drops), including a 35-yard toss that would have been a score in live action...Maurice Kitchens and true freshman Chuck Roberts recorded interceptions during team...junior receiver Hiram Moore made a great catch in double coverage of about 35-yards from QB Jimmy Skinner...freshman running back Chubb Small left freshman linebacker Brent Maher grasping air with a great move to the open field. Small looks very comfortable back at running back...Adrian Davis had a pass-broken-up with a knock down at the line for the defensive tackle...receiver Robert Surratt, the son of the former MU receiver (1981-84), was caught by the "turf monster" as his feet slipped completely out from in under him as he changed direction on a reception attempt. FieldTurf is expected to finish the MU installation tommorrow, with more work to be done on both endzones, as well as more sand and rubber pellets to be put down on the field.