"I thought today's workout was much better than day one," said Head Coach Mark Snyder of his Marshall football team. "I heard a weather man say it was going to be so hot that practices should maybe be moved to noon, but I didn't want to mess up our fans." Several hundred Marshall fans showed for the hot day at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
Marshall will workout on Sunday, Monday (closed to fans) then put on full pads for Tuesday (open to the public, starting at about 3 p.m.). That practice will include the always popular "Hoot-N-Holler" drill, with three offensive linemen, a quarterback and a runner against three defensive linemen or linebackers and a defensive back. Snyder said, however, he will cut back on the reps for the starters. "We will let them go one time, while the freshmen and the threes may go two or three times," said Snyder. "We don't want to get a Doug Legursky or Albert McClellan hurt in Hoot-N-Holler." Running back Kelvin Turner missed almost all of spring practice when he was hurt in the drill last March.
Georgia Tech transfer quarterback Jonathan Garner was absent from Friday's and Saturday's activities. He returned to his home in the Daytona Beach area to attend the funeral of a close friend. Garner will return Monday, and will sit out 2007 as a transfer from the "Rambling Wreck." Sidelined today was true freshman offensive tackle C.J. Wood, who had a slight foot sprain. "He a lot like T.J. Drakeford and Taravis Thompson," said Snyder. "We want to have them for full pads."
Arriving for practice today was walk-on punter Calvin Purchase. The 6-foot-2 Purchase can kick and punt and is wearing No. 60. Missing, and apparently gone, was walk-on freshman receiver Hue-Shayne Revers, who was gone before anyone in the media found out where he was from.
Brian Leggett was back at right guard today, moving Matt Altobello back to second team center. David Ziegler continues to run with the second team, while red-shirt freshman Josh Evans stays with the ones as he did all spring while Ziegler was out following shoulder surgery. True freshman John Bruhin is running third team center. Bruhin is the brother of former lineman, Zane, who left the team after two years without a letter. Also on the second team line is Eric Vint at guard, with Joe Bragg and Brandon Campbell at tackles. Freshmen Branden Curry, Ryan Tillman and Sergio Glenn were on the third unit today.
The Herd practices once on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, August 11, at 10 a.m. that final day. Two-A-Days start for Wednesday and Friday, at 9:40 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday and 5 p.m. on Friday. The Herd will have an off-day on Sunday, August 12. Only Sunday, August 5, and Tuesday, August 7, are open to the public as of now. Fans are reminded that recording devices in the stadium are prohibited.