Marshall Wraps Up Practice No. 14 Friday

The Marshall Thundering Herd got its final practice of spring football in on Friday with a hard-hitting session that hardly seemed like the kind of practice most teams would have the day before a game. But the Green-White Game on Saturday will be another hard-hitting affair, according to head coach Mark Snyder, and Marshall is going to go with the ones versus the rest of the team, for this year.

"Not to bad for the 14th. I'll take it," said Snyder after the workout. "This year, it's all about injuries. I've got a new coach on staff (in defensive coordinator Steve Dunlap), and due to our numbers situation, we'll go through our game day and get out of this relatively unhurt." There were some big knocks today, however, as Albert McClellan, Josh Johnson and Will Albin made some nice plays on the defensive side. "How about Will," said Snyder. "Jumping over the offensive line to make the play in the backfield. He'll go with the ones tomorrow and we'll see how it goes."

Snyder was also pleased with the effort this spring by his team. "I was happy with the progress and the effort. I think fans should watch for those young linemen on the twos Saturday. Keep an eye on Josh Evans with the ones and watch Will Albin on defense. Watch those young defensive backs and see how they cover Darius Passmore and our receivers. It will be a fun day."

Snyder also said the Young Thundering Herd, who will have a reception tonight at the Big Green Room, will be the honorary captains on Saturday and make the "Thunder Walk" with the team at 1 p.m. "I've talked to Chad Pennington, he'll do the walk with us and has to go pick up his quarterbacks (for the First and 10 Foundation bowling event at Colonial Lanes in Huntington Saturday night at 6 p.m.). Byron Leftwich will be here for a half. Randy Moss told me in Charleston he'll be here for a half. Troy Brown and Mike Bartrum will be here. We'll have some fun with the day. I might go into the stands and pick a fan to kick field goals or have someone call a few plays. We hope for a big crowd."

The Green-White game is also the public's first chance to purchase 2007 Marshall football season tickets with a "Choose-Your-Seat" promotion. All available seats are marked in the Joan C. Edwards Stadium and the fans can come by and buy from Noon to 3 p.m. before the game. You will have to buy a game ticket, just $5, from the MU Quarterback Club to get in but you can re-use that ticket if you leave the stadium after attending "Choose-Your-Seat" to re-enter for the Green-White Game. Also Saturday, the Marshall softball team is in action in Conference USA play and will host Memphis in a doubleheader that begins at 1 p.m. at Dot Hicks Field behind the Henderson Center.

The MU Quarterback Club, which uses the game as one of two main fundraiser for projects that assist the football program at Marshall, will also be selling game day programs. Parking on the West Lot, Annex Lot and A Lot of the stadium will be $10 and parking at the Henderson Center garage will be $5. The WRVC 930 AM tailgate will be in the West Lot and get going at 2 p.m., with the game broadcast at 3 p.m. There will be Pepsi products, Fifth Avenue Dairy Queen hot dogs and Popa John's Pizza for the everyone, plus a special poster of the "Young" Thundering Herd free for Herd fans. A special issue of Herd Insider, with columns and stories about spring football, will be distributed at halftime to fans at the stadium.

The movie "Two Tickets To Paradise" will be shown Saturday evening at 5 p.m. at the Keith-Albee Theatre as part of the Appalachian Film Series. Actor D.B. Sweeney makes his writing and directorial debut in the story of three Marshall fans who travel to the Orange Bowl the watch the Herd battle Texas in the BCS National Championship game. Sweeney may appear on the tailgate show, if he arrives in town in time. Then Herd fans can double-up on football with former Marshall stars on the Huntington Heroes, who have a 7 p.m. game with the Pittsburgh River Rats at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in downtown Huntington. Call 304-696-4400 or go online at for details. On Sunday, Troy Brown will host his Hospice bowling fundraiser.

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