Herd Returns to Soggy Spring Drills

The Marshall football squad returned to spring drills this morning under warm (70 degrees) but wet conditions at Marshall Stadium. For quarterback Byron Leftwich, it beat the heck out of the previous weeks' chilly conditions, though.

"Pretty much, this spring has either been cold or been raining all spring," Leftwich said while drying off in the facilities building. "Warmer rain is a whole lot better. But I like warm, without the rain," Leftwich chuckled.

Leftwich and company returned from spring break last week for one last week of drills. Spring practice will culminate this Saturday night at 7pm when the annual Green-White spring scrimmage is held at Marshall Stadium. Tickets are $5, and proceeds benefit the Marshall Quarterback Club.

Leftwich is anxious to get back in front of the Marshall fans, after undergoing very minor ankle surgery last month.

"I want to go out there," Leftwich said of this Saturday's Green-White game. Leftwich sat out the team's practice session at South Charleston's Oakes Field two weeks ago, and gave the lowdown on where he is in his recovery. "I was planning on scrimmaging the last two times," Leftwich said. "I went up to (South) Charleston to scrimmage. During that time, I'd say I was 85 or 90 percent. Now, I'm officially at about 98 percent. I'll never by 100 percent. Nobody is 100 percent out here watching practice."

And if you're careful this Saturday night, Leftwich hinted at some possible other postions he might sneak in and play while other teammates are scrimmaging during the Green-White game.

"I'm going to try and sneak out there and play a little tight end or wide receiver some," Leftwich hinted. "Hopefully, I can get a pass thrown my way."

The Green-White game kicks off at 7pm on Saturday at Marshall Stadium.

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