Campbell 1st Selection in Green-White Draft

"Commissioner" Mark Snyder oversaw the second-consecutive draft day on Thursday for the annual spring football game on Saturday, as Marshall seniors and coaches were divided into Green and White teams for the wrap-up of spring practice that kicks off at 3 p.m. on April 21. Once again, an offensive lineman was the first selection of the teams, as freshman tackle Brandon Campbell went to the Green.

The two camps get to alternate selections, and select every player from a position before moving onto the next position, so the White team took sophomore guard Brian Leggett as their first selection after the Green choose Brandon Campbell. The Green team also added sophomore tackle Daniel Baldridge, junior center/guard Matt Altobello, junior tackle Joe Bragg and res-shirt freshman Matt Baker. The White, in addition to Leggett, got red-shirt guard Josh Evans, red-shirt freshman tackle Chad Schoefield and and tackle Eric Vint. The White then choose to go with defensive ends and selected junior Albert McClellan.

Snyder welcomed a large media and fan turnout to the draft, and thanked MU Quarterback Club President Mark George and representatives of Kroger's, who are the Green-White Game's title sponsors. "Kroger's and our other sponsors have been great, and Mark has done an outstanding job," said the head coach of the Herd. Kroger's has been the title sponsor for five years and signed up recently for at least three additional years. The MU QB Club uses the spring game as one of its main fundraisers, selling ads in the program, selling game-day programs, collecting tickets and selling parking on the lots around the stadium. Tickets are $5 each to enter the game, parking at the stadium is $10 and parking at the Henderson Center garage is just $5.

Managers, trainers, video crews and even assistant coaches are divided into Green and White teams. Coaching the Green will be Phil Armatas (video quality control), Mike Cochran (strength coach), Mike Cummings (offensive line), Steve Dunlap (linebackers), Todd Gobbel (wide receivers), Kevin Mapp (video quality control) and Shannon Morrison (safeties), while head football trainer Josh Signs will also work with the Green. On the White team are Larry Kueck (quarterbacks coach), Paul Nichols (cornerbacks), Phil Ratliff (tight ends), Tom Restivo (defensive grad assistant), Dan Ricci (assistant trainer), Shaun Sarrett (offensive grad assistant), Jared Smith (running backs), Thielen Smith (defensive line) and Scott Wilks (grad assistant in weight room). Only Snyder, equipment manager Rich Worner, video coordinator Brad Helton and football ops Mark Gale will be neutral on Saturday, as will long snapper Sean McClellan.

Senior captains on the Green included wide receiver Shawn Lauzon, quarterback Bernard Morris, safety Phillip Gamble, running back Antoine Cabarrus, linebacker Clint Eakles, center Doug Legursky, guard Marcus Moresea and defensive tackle Byron Tinker. For the White, senior captains included wide receiver Marcus Fitzgerald, tight end Brian Shope, running back Kyle Echols, kicker/punter Anthony Binswanger, linebacker Will Albin, guard David Ziegler and defensive lineman Ryland Wilson.

Marshall will work in full-go mode on Friday, and Snyder said fans, who are invited to the practice, will see lots of hitting and some goal-line work in addition to team period. Saturday, WRVC 930 AM will be in the West Lot with a tailgate show at 2 p.m., including guests like D.B. Sweeney, producer/director/writer and star of "Two Tickets To Paradise," a movie about Marshall fans on a road trip to watch the Herd battle Texas in the National Championship game. That film has its premier Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Keith-Albee Theatre as part of the Appalachian Film Festival.

Also scheduled to appear with the WRVC AM sports team at the tailgate are new Herd basketball coach Donnie Jones; Allen Meadows and other members of the "Young" Thundering Herd (who will act as honorary coaches in the game); Chad Pennington of the New York Jets, members of the Gridiron Foundation (an organization of former MU football players) and other special guests, although the lineup appearing at the tailgate is subject to last-second changes. There will be free Pepsi products, free Poppa Johns pizza, free Fifth Avenue Dairy Queen hotdogs, free special issues of the Herd Insider and free HI posters of the "Young" Thundering Herd, including the team picture from 1971 and the picture of that team at Gino's last December before the "We Are Marshall" premiere in front of the Fairfield Stadium scoreboard. The MU QB Club will be selling a program that will contain the rosters of the Thundering Herd for the game and WRVC 930 AM will broadcast the game on what is predicted to be a perfect, sunny, 70-degree day at Joan C. Edwards Stadium for the Marshall Football Green-White Spring Football Game this Saturday at 3 p.m. Fans can also "Choose-A-Seat in the stadium from Noon-3 p.m., the first time 2007 season tickets will be available to the general public.

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