Herd Works Monday Afternoon In Shells Again

The Thundering Herd completed the first of three two-a-day practices on Monday afternoon and the offense had a practice that head coach Mark Snyder termed the offense as "not sharp" after Monday afternoon was in the books. Following a sharp morning practice, the offense did not quite click on all cylinders in the p.m. workout. Snyder said, however, it is all part of the learning in camp.

With some of the veterans sidelined due to bumps and bruises, the second and third team players are getting a lot of reps on the offensive side of the ball. "We have to learn what to do," said Snyder of the afternoon session. "When you get tired, it's all mental. You have to focus, work on your technique." Marshall is fighting through numerous players being out, with 10 players in no contact status and three more in limited contact status.

"We've got some bumps and bruises," said Snyder, "but if we had to play tomorrow, a lot of them could. We got Zearrick Mathews back (pulled hamstring) today and he flashed some speed at corner. Ahmad (Bradshaw) felt better today than yesterday and will feel better tomorrow than today." The Herd will put back on full pads for Tuesday afternoon's practice, back to shells (shoulder pads and helmets only) on Wednesday morning and then have a special teams scrimmage on Wednesday afternoon.

"Anthony Binswanger has separated himself in the battle for kicker," said Snyder of his junior college kicker. He was 2-for-2 on field goals on Saturday, with a long from 46-yards. "It's still a good battle for the punting job, though." Ian O'Connor and Marty Biagi will get a chance to separate themselves on Wednesday afternoon, according to Snyder. As far as kick returners, the jury is still out, according to the head coach.

"We have Ahmad, Chubb, Emanuel Spann has returned kicks," said Snyder. "We have some young guys we would love to have step up at kick return and punt return." Marshall will practice one time on Thursday, after the special team scrimmage, then twice on Friday before Saturday's full scrimmage, which will be open to Herd fans. It will be a game rehersal, with the walk from the Henderson Center scheduled at 10 a.m., with practice starting around 11:30 a.m.

NOTES: During blitz period, the Herd offense was limited to a five-yard run by Kelvin Turner and a five-yard completion, as the one offense faced the two defense and vice versa. The completion might not have counted, as Shavar Greer might have sacked Jimmy Skinner. At that point, the two offensive units, ones and twos, had gone 0-for-8...recording sacks were John Jacobs, Matt Couch and Greer, while Jon Moravec and Brandon Souder both broke up passes...later in the team drill, when the ones were facing the ones, Chris Terrell broke into the backfield once again and made Kelvin Turner look like he hit a brick wall when Turner hit him for a six-yard loss...the offense did regroup in goal line, as Bernard Morris hit Cody Tominack for a touchdown one play after Turner ran in from 10 yards out...Morris moved the team well in the two-minute drill, moving the ball from the opponents 48 to the Herd's 30-yard line in four plays and a "spike." But with :11.9 seconds on the clock and no time outs, Binswanger was short and right on a 47-yard field goal attempt to end practice.

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