MU Football Annual Trek To Charleston April 7

In what has become an annual tradition, the Marshall University football team will have its spring practice at Laidley Field/University of Charleston Stadium this Saturday, April 7, beginning at Noon. There is no admission charge for the Herd's annual visit to the Kanawha Valley and fans are encouraged to show up early and tailgate at the event, sponsored by Chesapeake Energy. Gates open 11 a.m.

The Marshall football team will arrive by buses at the field in Charleston, W.Va.'s East End at 11:30 a.m. that morning, but while fans are encouraged to welcome the team remember autographs will be available after the practice. The Herd will go through a normal spring practice of about two hours, with individual drills, pass skel, inside drills and team periods. A variety of groups will be represented at the practice ranging from the Marshall Quarterback Club of Charleston to the Marshall University Alumni Association and the Big Green Scholarship Foundation. Chesapeake Energy has provided posters and tickets to all Kanawha and Putnam Counties schools in hopes of a record turnout for this event.

"The Kanawha Valley is very important to Marshall University and by practicing in Charleston we have the opportunity to bring Thundering Herd football to our fans in the valley and let them know we appreciate them," said Marshall University head coach Mark Snyder. The MU Quarterback Club of Charleston will once again have its "Smokin' Thunder" member, Brain Pauley, to provide concessions like Bar-b-que, Burgers, Bratwurst, Hot Dogs, Fries and Drinks and will be feeding the team after the practice.

Ahmad Bradshaw, the Herd's leading rusher in 2006 and now awaiting the NFL Draft later this month, is shown in a spring practice in 2005 at South Charleston's Oakes Field.

Marshall's Tuesday, April 3 practice is also open to the public this week. The Herd will additionally workout in closed practices on Wednesday and Friday before heading to Charleston for a practice in the Capital City that began under Jim Donnan over ten years ago. Bob Pruett also took teams to South Charleston's Oakes Field, Van Meter Stadium in Beckley and Stadium Field in Parkersburg for spring practice sessions, but the laying of FieldTurf at Laidley/UC Stadium, like the Herd has at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, gives Marshall a sure surface to practice on and provides fans with ample parking and plenty of seating. For more information on the event, contact Steve Ellis of the Quarterback Club of Charleson at 304-346-0546.

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