Herd Football Opens Spring Practice March 28

The Thundering Herd will open spring practice with the first of 15 practice sessions on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 28 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington. This season, the Thundering Herd will also conduct a practice session at Laidley Field in Charleston. Coach Mark Snyder has opend all spring practice sessions to the public. Fans are reminded however that no recording devices of any kind or noise makers are permitted.

Practice dates and times are always subject to change, although all weekday practices are scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. On Saturday, April 1 and Saturday, April 15, the practice, which should include scrimmages, are scheduled for 10 a.m. On Saturday, April 8, the Herd will head to the Kanawha Valley again to practice and it is scheduled for Noon at University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field in Charleston, W.Va. Spring practice will conclude with the annual Green-White Spring Football Game at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Tickets to the game are $5 and all proceeds will benefit the Marshall University Quarterback Club. The game will be broadcast by WRVC 930 AM.

The 1996 football team, 15-0 and I-AA National and Southern Conference Champions, will have a reunion that weekend and head coach Mark Snyder has announced those players will coach the G-W game. That group includes pro football players Chad Pennington, John Wade, Chris Hanson, B.J. Cohen, Ricky Hall and Randy Moss, along with MU greats like Erik Kresser, Billy Lyon, Aaron Ferguson, Erik Thomas, Larry McCloud, Tim Martin, Melvin Cunningham and Bryan Reed, who is organizing the reunion. Details will be availble later this month.

Also, Marshall's annual Coaches Clinic for high school coaches is set for Friday, April 14, and will include meetings with the Marshall coaches and hospitality. In addition, Marshall will conduct youth football camps for elementary and secondary students in grades one through 12. Those camp dates are Saturday, June 10 and Saturday, June 17 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. An advanced camp for high school seniors is also scheduled for Sunday, June 11. For more information on the Thundering Herd Coaching Clinic or camps contact Mark Gale, Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations, at 304-696-2408 or via email at gale@marshall.edu.


Ahmad Bradshaw is being promoted for All-Conference USA and All-American honors as he returns for his junior season, rushing for just three yards short of 1,000 in 2005 (file photo by Greg Perry, Herd Insider).

Spring Practice Dates: March 28, March 30, April 1, April 4, April 5, April 7, April 8, April 11, April 12, April 14, April 15, April 18, April 19, April 20 and the Green-White Game April 22.

2006 Spring Roster Hometown (High School)
1 Marcus Fitzgerald 5-10 202 WR JR-2L Minneapolis, Minn. (Academy of Holy Angels)
2 Geremy Rodamer 6-0 190 DB JR-2L Morgantown, W.Va. (Morgantown)
3 Kyle Ramseur 6-0 206 DB RS FR Glenelg, Md. (River Hill)
3 Zach Barnard 6-4 200 QB RS FR Spottsville, Ky. (Owensboro Catholic)
4 C.J. Spillman 6-0 193 DB SO-1L Louisville, Ky. (Central)
5 Derek Devine 6-3 223 QB SR-1L Wilsonville, Ore. (Canby)
6 Shawn Lauzon 6-6 204 WR JR-2L Virginia Beach, Va. (Ocean Lakes)
7 Hiram Moore 6-0 195 WR SR-3L Huntington, W.Va. (Huntington)
8 J.J. Johnson 5-11 180 DB SO-1L Springdale, Md. (St. John's)
8 Kyle Echols 5-10 171 RB SR-SQ Galloway, Ohio (Westland)
9 Ivan Clark 5-9 201 DB SR-2L Ford, Va. (Amelia County)
10 Wesley Beardain 6-1 198 QB RS FR Winona, Miss. (Winona)
11 Zearrick Mathews 5-9 162 DB RS FR Greenwood, S.C. (Greenwood)
11 E.J. Wynn 5-11 156 WR SO-1L Washington, D.C. (St. John's)
13 Brian Shope 6-5 248 TE JR-2L Portage, Pa. (Portage Area)
14 Bernard Morris 6-4 211 QB JR-2L Orlando, Fla. (Jones)
15 Terick Thomas 5-10 165 DB SO-SO Washington, D.C. (H.D. Woodson)
15 Robert Surratt 5-10 182 WR RS FR Fort Washington, Md. (Gwynn Park)
16 Jimmy Skinner 6-3 198 QB SR-1L Chillicothe, Ohio (Chillicothe)
17 Jermaine Filer 6-3 196 WR JR-1L Clearwater, Fla. (Countryside)
18 Jon Moravec 6-0 195 DB SO-1L Frederick, MD. (Linganore)
19 Uranius Johnson 6-0 185 WR SO-SQ Brandwine, Md. (Gwynn Park)
19 John Saunders 6-0 192 DB RS FR Huntington, W.Va. (Cabell Midland)
20 Darryl Jones 6-1 199 WR RS FR Brooklyn, N.Y. (Samuel J. Tilden)
21 Ian Hoskins 6-2 245 LB SO-1L Campbellsville, Ky. (Campbellsville)
23 Antoine Cabarrus 5-11 205 RB SR-SQ Huntington, W.Va. (Huntington)
24 Emanuel Spann 5-11 179 WR SO-1L Atlanta, Ga. (Westlake)
25 Curtis Keyes 6-0 206 DB SR-3L Mt. Olive, Miss. (Mize)
27 Jeremy Frazie 5-10 181 DB SR-1L Minford, Ohio (Minford)
28 Chubb Small 5-9 193 RB SO-1L Auburndale, Fla. (Auburndale/Hargrave)
29 Phillip Gamble 5-11 217 DB SO-1L Bainbridge, Ga. (Bainbridge)
30 Dennis Thornton 5-11 215 LB SR-3L Spotsylvania, Va. (Spotsylvania/Hargrave)
31 Marty Biagi 6-0 170 K SO-1L Shelbyville, Ky. (Shelbyville)
32 Gerwin Williams 5-8 210 RB SO-1L Sacramento, Calif. (Grant)
33 David DeFatta 5-9 182 K/P SO-SQ Franklin, Tenn. (Franklin)
34 Paco Jones 5-8 181 RB JR-1L Bluefield, W.Va. (Graham)
37 Chuck Roberts 5-11 163 DB RS FR Guyton, Ga. (Effingham County)
40 Cody Tominack 5-11 216 RB SO-SQ Valley Grove, W.Va. (Wheeling Park)
41 Anthony Binswanger 6-2 193 K JR-JC Pleasant Hill, Calif.
43 Chris Roach 5-9 151 WR RS FR Yokota Air Base, Japan (Yokota)
44 Ahmad Bradshaw 5-11 192 RB JR-2L Bluefield, Va. (Graham)
45 Maurice Kitchens 6-3 226 LB SO-1L Roanoke, Va. (William Fleming)
46 John Jacobs 6-3 240 LB RS FR Harrisonburg, Va. (Broadway)
46 Chris Desautels 6-4 183 K/P RS FR Clinton, Md. (Broadneck Senior)
47 Matt Couch 6-2 235 LB SR-3L Okeana, Ohio (Ross Senior)
48 Will Albin 6-3 243 RB JR-2L Princeton, W.Va. (Princeton)
49 Ian O'Connor 6-2 205 K SR-3L Knoxville, Tenn. (Halls)
51 Jason Kaminski 6-3 235 DE SR-1L Woodbridge, Va. (C.D. Hylton)
55 Brandon Souder 6-2 236 LB SR-1L Carson, Calif. (Banning)
58 Jeff Bush 6-3 248 DE SO-SQ Fayetteville, N.C. (Jack Britt)
59 Travis Noel 6-2 222 LB JR-SQ Etobicoke, Ontario (Henry Carr)
60 Daniel Wells 6-1 236 LB RS FR Bluefield, W.Va. (Bluefield)
62 Matt Altobello 6-1 306 OL SO-SQ Keyser, W.Va. (Keyser)
63 John Inman 6-5 302 OL JR-2L Knoxville, Tenn. (Webb School)
64 Chris Barnes 6-4 280 OL JR-SQ Riverside, Calif. (M.L. King)
65 Brian Leggett 6-1 285 OL SO-1L Meridian, Miss. (Meridian)
66 Doug Legursky 6-3 311 OL JR-2L Beckley, W.Va. (Woodrow Wilson)
67 Peter Graziani 6-3 235 DE RS JR Revere, Mass. (American International)
68 Colin Kelly 6-3 236 DE JR-SQ Williamsburg, Va. (Lafayette)
69 Mahala Wiggins 6-2 224 LB RS FR Long Island City, N.Y. (Long Island City)
70 James Burkes 6-1 270 DL RS FR Charleston, W.Va. (Capital)
73 Seth Cook 6-4 332 OL SR-3L Gilbert, W.Va. (Gilbert)
74 David Ziegler 6-5 296 OL JR-2L Pomfret, Md. (McDonough)
76 Marcus Moresea 6-1 241 OL RS FR Ravenswood, W.Va. (Ravenswood)
77 Zane Bruhin 6-6 301 OL RS FR Powell, Tenn. (Powell)
78 Wesley Jones 6-5 329 OL SR-1L Brandon, Miss.
79 Daniel Baldridge 6-9 315 OL RS FR Opelousas, La. (Opelousas)
81 Bryan Jones 6-2 167 WR RS FR Mechanicsville, Va. (Mechanicsville)
82 Antonio Leath 5-7 168 WR SO-SQ Burlington, N.C. (Cummings)
83 Matt Parkhurst 6-3 238 TE SO-1L Philadelphia, Pa. (St. Joseph's Prep)
84 Adrian Davis 6-3 265 DL SR-2L Greenfield Park, Quebec (Vanier Prep)
85 Cody Slate 6-4 212 TE FR Chatham, Va. (Hargrave Military)
86 Joe Bragg 6-4 263 TE SO-1L Morgantown, W.Va. (Morgantown)
88 Malcolm Ames 5-10 160 WR JR-SQ Manassas, Va. (Stonewall Jackson)
89 Matt Morris 6-3 219 WR SR-3L Beckley, W.Va. (Woodrow Wilson)
90 Blake Merritt 6-4 250 DL SO-1L Wendell, N.C. (East Wake)
91 Shavar Greer 6-0 226 DE SR-1L Beckley, W.Va. (Woodrow Wilson)
92 Bilal El-Amin 6-3 249 DE JR-SQ Lexington, Ky. (Lafayette)
92 Mike Nolan 6-4 230 TE SR-SQ Swiftwater, Pa. (Pocono Mountain)
93 Ryland Wilson 6-3 248 DE JR-JC Natchez, Miss.
94 Byron Tinker 6-4 281 DL JR-SQ Louisville, Ky. (Dupont Manual)
95 Chris Terrell 6-6 326 DL SR-1L Coverington, Wash. (Kent Lake)
96 Albert McClellan 6-2 225 DE SO-1L Lakeland, Fla. (Kathleen)
97 Brett Riffey 6-2 231 LS SR-SQ Vincent, Ohio (Warren Local)
98 E.J. Rascoe 6-0 252 DE SO-1L Cary, N.C. (Cardinal Gibbons)
99 Juan Underwood 6-3 323 DL SR-1L Xenia, Ohio (Xenia)


Albert McClellan, seen here against Kansas State, will return on the Herd defense (file photo by Greg Perry, Herd Insider).

Coaches
Mark Snyder - Head Coach
Jim Collins - Defensive Coordinator and Secondary
Mike Cummings - Offensive Line
Mark Gale - Asst. AD for Football Operations
Todd Goebbel - Special Units and Receivers
Larry Kueck - Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks
Paul Nichols - Defensive Secondary
Shaine Miles - Tight Ends
Shannon Morrison - Linebackers
Jared Smith - Running Backs
Thielen Smith - Defensive Line
Curtis Head - Graduate Assistant
Jim Pittman - Graduate Assistant

Depth chart

OFFENSE
WR 6 Shaun Lauzon, 9 Matt Morris
LT 73 Seth Cook, 64 Chris Barnes
LG 74 David Ziegler, 77 Zane Bruhin
C 66 Doug Legurski, 65 Brian Leggett
RG 65 John Inman, 65 Brian Leggett
RT 78 Wesley Jones, 79 Daniel Baldridge
TE 13 Brian Shope, 83 Matt Parkhurst
WR 24 Emanuel Spann, 11 E.J. Wynn
WR 7 Hiram Moore, 1 Marcus Fitzgerald
QB 14 Bernie Morris, 16 Jimmy Skinner
RB 44 Ahmad Bradshaw, 28 Chubb Small

DEFENSE
DE 96 Albert McCellan, 93 Ryland Wilson
DT 84 Adrian Davis, 95 Chris Terrell
DT 99 Juan Underwood, 90 Blake Merritt
DE 91 Shavar Greer, 51 Jason Kaminski
WLB 47 Matt Couch, 30 Dennis Thornton
MLB 55 Brandon Souder, 59 Travis Noel
SLB 21 Ian Hoskins, 45 Maurice Kitchens
CB 15 Terrick Thomas, 27 Jeremy Frazie, 11 Zerrick Matthews
CB 8 James "J.J." Johnson, 37 Chuck Roberts
SS 25 Curtis Keyes, 29 Phillip Gamble, 9 Ivan Clark
FS 2 Geremy Rodamer, 4 C.J. Spillman, 19 John Saunders

SPECIAL TEAMS
K 49 Ian O'Connor, 41 Anthony Binswanger
P 31 Marty Biagi
LS 97 Brett Riffey
BOLD-returning starter from 2005


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