RACKING THEM UP
All-time, West Virginia receivers have recorded 123 games in which an individual has caught at least 100 yards worth of passes. Fourteen of those came last year.
For the first time in memory, West Virginia goes into a season without a losing record against any of its opponents. The Mountaineers are even all-time against Kansas State and Oklahoma, and face Baylor and Iowa State for the first time.
WVU freshman running back Torry Clayton left the team last week, causing concern from a few worrywarts that he would immediately proceed to Huntington and provide West Virginia's offensive signals to Marshall. Besides it being a baseless assumption, WVU head cach Dana Holgorsen isn't worried about that from the Herd.
"I've got one really good one for them," he said of his signals.
AGAINST THE BEST
Marshall is 3-18 all-time against ranked opponents.
STATE(S) OF PLAY
For a number of years, there were more players from West Virginia on the Mountaineer football roster than from any other state. That pendulum has swung in a different direction recently, as Florida has taken a clear lead in the roster count. There are 28 players from that state on the most recently-released roster, followed by West Virginia's 17. Ohio (14) and Maryland (10) are the other two states with double-digit representation.
Marshall has just ten players listed on its roster from West Virginia.
GOOD STARTS KEY FOR HERD...MOSTLY
Marshall was 7-1 last season when it scored first and 0-5 when its opponent did. The season-opening weather-shortened loss at WVU was the only game that bucked the trend, when Andre Snipes-Booker returned a punt 87 yards to put Marshall up 7-0 less than five minutes into the contest.
The Herd's early jumps in some games didn't stretch out for the entire first half, however. Last year, Marshall was outscored 249-153 in the opening two quarters combined.
ON AND OFF THE FIELD
Keith Patterson, Daron Roberts and Steve Dunlap will coach the Mountaineer defense from the press box, while Jake Spavital will be the lone offensive assistant on high. He will have help from graduate assistant Vince Cashdollar, who assists with the offensive line. This is a departure from last year, when Shannon Dawson was also in the coaches' box.
STARTING OFF RIGHT