Herd Wraps Camp With Scrimmage

On a day so hot (101 degrees) and humid (51 percent) that head coach Mark Snyder nearly cancelled the final scrimmage of pre-season camp, the Herd "Green" unit -made up of first and second team players- dominated the "White" unit, 23-0, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in front of 600 sweltering Herd fans. It was a dress rehearsal for Marshall as they now zero in on preparation for Game One of the 2005 season with I-AA semi-finalist William and Mary, as The Tribe comes to town Sept. 1 at 7:00 p.m.

"This got us acclimated for a week from Thursday," said Snyder following the scrimmage as he prepared to attend the 17th Annual Thundering Herd Football Women's Clinic Saturday evening in the Big Green Room of the stadium. "There was nothing major decided, it was not an evaluation scrimmage, except for special teams. We'll look at the film and you can always get something out of live special teams action." Marshall had one disapointment on the day and that was three "muffs" by punt returning senior safety Chris Royal, two of which were recovered by the White team's Dre Ratliff and Cody Tominack. "Yes, the one disapointment were the bobbles on punt return. But we also didn't get Ahmad Bradshaw in there," said Snyder, who limited number 44 as the coaching staff has all camp with their featured back and return man.


Bernard Morris looked downfield in Saturday's final scrimmage.

When Bradshaw was in, he was the leader on offense again. He carried the ball nine times for 31 yards and caught three passes for 37 more yards, giving the sophomore from Bluefield, Va., 68 yards in all-purpose yards. He was complimented by freshman back Chubb Small, who rushed three times for 15 yards and scored a touchdown.

The return game was not all bad either. The highlight of the scrimmage came on a free kick after linebacker Dennis Thorton and end Gavin Herscher teamed for a safety by tackling Paco Jones in the end zone for the Green's first points. Freshman David DeFatta kicked off from the 20-yard line and senior corner Chris Hawkins fielded the ball at the 14, drove straight up the right side of the field before cutting left and returning the ball for an 86-yard kickoff return. Snyder has put special emphasis on special teams throughout the camp, but for the transfer from North Carolina, the touchdown was summed up quickly. "It was fun," said Hawkins, who also saluted the blocking that left him untouched for the long TD return. MU has not returned a kickoff for touchdown in a game since James Williams did it in the 1999 season against Liberty in the home opener.


QB Derek Devine had this throw disrupted by defensive lineman Albert McClellan

In the second half, QB Jimmy Skinner led the Green on a six play, 50 yard drive for touchdown that included Skinner hitting four receivers for big gains: Shawn Lauzon caught one for eight yards; Bradshaw had a nine yard catch called back for holding and caught one other for three; Hiram Moore caught two, one for three and then best catch of the day, getting the large crowd on its feet, for 24 yards on third and 14, moving the Green team down to the nine-yard line. Skinner then hit senior captain Wilbur Hargrove on the fade for a nine-yard touchdown, a perfect pitch and catch. Skinner was 7-for-10 on the day, with one touchdown and one interception, for 78 yards. Bernie Morris was the starter for the Green and completed his first three passes, hitting Bradshaw for 13 yards and Moore for 14 and five yards. Morris was 3-for-7 for 32 yards.

The quarterbacks for the White team had little success versus the Green team. Freshmen Wesley Beardain and Zac Barnard were a combined 1-for-10 passing, although Beardain did connect with sophomore Jermaine Filer for a 28 yard gain. Filer also returned two punts for a 17.0 yard per return average. Derek Devine started for the White team and was picked off on his first attempt by senior linebacker Donte' Newsome. Devine hit only 2-for-6 for two yards and the interception with the White. He then got to go with the Green team in the second half and Devine was sensational. Devine hit on 4-of-5 passes with the ones and twos, throwing for 17 yards to Moore; 14 yards to Lauzon; five yards to Small and 10 yards to freshman tight end Matt Parkhurst. His only incomplete came when defensive end Jeff Bush knocked down a pass after beating junior college right tackle Wesley Jones, who just returned today from injury. Devine drove the Green nine plays for 75 yards, with Small running the final yard for the final score of the day.


Coach Mark Snyder gathered his team after the final scrimmage of summer practice.

"I was very impressed with Chubb Small," said Snyder following the scrimmage, "and Hiram Moore has had a great camp. He is our MVP guy for this camp. We had a chance to get Derek over there with the Green and he did well as did Jimmy and Bernie. Those guys arms are tired, just like everyone else legs but they competed." On the defensive side, freshman John Saunders had a 21 yard kickoff return and led the White with six tackles, while fellow frosh safety Phillip Gamble had four tackles and a pass-broken-up. Gamble may have stripped Small and returned the ball for a touchdown for the White late in the scrimmage, but a quick whistle brought the ball back to the 33 yard line. James Brown recorded three tackles, a forced fumble and an interception for the White and Dre Ratliff recovered a fumble and had three tackles. Junior college linebacker Brandon Souder had three tackles, a six-yard loss on a tackle and broke up a pass while sophomore end Jeff Bush recorded three tackles, a tackle-for-loss, a quarterback pressure and a pass-broken-up for the White team.

Senior linebacker Dennis Thorton had five tackles for the Green to go with his safety, a quarterback pressure and one tackle-for-loss. Herscher shared the safety with Thorton and tacked on two other tackles and a pass-batted-down. Red-shirt freshman Bilal El-Amin had a sack and three tackles and junior end Shavar Greer also recorded a sack and two tackles. Freshman defensive end Albert McCellan had two quarterback pressures, forced a fumble and had one unassisted tackle on the Green side. Ian O'Connor was a perfect 3-for-3 on extra-points, kicked off into the end zone and, on his only punt, pinned the White at the 12-yard line on a 27 yard punt that rolled out of bounds.

Marshall will be off Sunday, then start classes on Monday morning with the rest of the MU student body. The Herd will practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before getting Thursday off to start "Game Week" for William and Mary on September 1. Coming up Thursday is also the first "Mark Snyder Call-In Show," live on the ISP Sports Network from Gino's Pub on Fifth Avenue in Huntington. You can hear the show, with the "Voice of the Herd" Steve Cotton as well as pre-and post-game host Woody Woodrum locally on WRVC 930 AM and WDGG 93.7 FM in Huntington.

STATS
RUSHING:Ahmad Bradshaw 9/31; Chubb Small 3/15-TD; Antoine Cabarrus 2/12; Will Albin 1/4; Gerwin Williams 3/3; Nate Howard 1/2 (fumble recovery); Paco Jones 3/(-6); Kyle Echols 1/0. TOTAL:27 rushes/61 yards, touchdown.
PASSING:Jimmy Skinner 7-10-1, 78 yards, touchdown; Derek Devine 6-11-1, 48 yards; Bernie Morris 3-7-0, 32 yards; Wesley Beardain 1-5-0, 28 yards; Zac Barnard 0-5-0.TOTAL:17-38-2, 186 yards, touchdown, 45 percent completion.
RECEIVING:Hiram Moore 5-63; Ahmad Bradshaw 3-37; Jermaine Filer 1-28; Shawn Lauzon 2-22; Brian Shope 1-10; Matt Parkhurst 1-10; Wilbur Hargrove 1-9, touchdown; Chubb Small 1-5; Antoine Cabarrus 1-3; Paco Jones 1-(-1). TOTAL:17-186, touchdown.
RETURNS:Chris Hawkins 2 KOR/102 yards/51.0 ypr, 86 touchdown; Jermaine Filer 2 KOR/34 yards/17.0 ypr; John Saunders 1 KOR/21; Chirs Royal 4 PR/16 yards/4.0 ypr/three muffs/two lost; Chubb Small 1 PR/1 yard. TOTAL:5 KOR/157 yards/31.4 yards per return; 5 PR/17 yards/3.4 yards per return.
PUNTING:Ian O'Connor 1/27, inside 20-yard line; Marty Biagi 2/85/42.5 yard per punt; David DeFatta 5/177/35.4 yards per punt. TOTAL:8 punts/289 yards/36.1 yards per punt, one inside 20-yard line.
FIELD GOAL:David DeFatta 0-1 (50 yard FGA).
PENALTIES:Green 4/-35; White 3/-35.
FIRST DOWNS:Green 9; White 2.
DEFENSIVE:John Saunders 6 TKL; Dennis Thornton 5 TKL, Safety, QBP, TFL; Brett Maher 4 TKL; Zearick Mathews 4 TKL; Phillip Gamble 4 TKL, PBU; Bilal El-Amin 3 TKL, Sack; Brandon Souder 3 TKL, TFL, PBU; Gavin Herscher 3 TKL, Safety, PBU; Donte' Newsome 3 TKL, INT; Dre' Ratliff 3 TKL, FR; Jeff Bush 3 TKL, TFL, QBP, PBU; James Brown 3 TKL, FF, INT; Cody Tominack 2 TKL, FR; Cam Allen-Jones 2 TKL, QBP; Curtis Keyes 2 TKL; Jeremy Frazie 2 TKL, PBU; Chris Royal TKL, PBU; Brandon Schaad TKL, TFL; Willie Smith TKL, PBU; Albert McCellan TKL, FC, 2 QBP; Adrian Davis TKL, QBP; Chris Terrell TKL; John Patton TKL; Shavar Greer TKL, Sack; Chris Hawkins TKL, TFL; Patrick Wilkinson TKL; Brett Riffey TKL; Joe Bragg TKL; Jon Moravec TKL; C.J. Spillman TKL; Terrick Thomas PBU; Ivan Clark PBU. KEY:TKL/tackle; TFL/tackle-for-loss; QBP/quarterback pressure; PBU/pass-broken-up; INT/interception; FF/forced fumble; FC/fumble caused.


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