Marshall fans and players alike were very pleased about the Thundering Herd opening up with a 35-10 win over Illinois State on Saturday. Marshall ran the ball well, hit a 88-yard touchdown pass, held ISU to just three points after a first quarter touchdown and got big plays out of the special teams. Mark Snyder and his players talked about the win, and look ahead to this week at Wisconsin.
September 2, 2008
One down, one to go, was the theme of Wednesday morning when the Thundering Herd finished the next-to-last morning workout with some highlights on both sides of the ball. Defensively, you would have not know that, however, as Defensive Coordinator Rick Minter gave his white-shirted charges about an ear-full for 15 minutes after Head Coach Mark Snyder dismissed the team.
August 20, 2008
After about 24 hours off for the first time in 15 days, the Thundering Herd gathered Sunday night to look at the video of Saturday's scrimmage. Then it was back to the FieldTurf of the Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Monday at 7:30 a.m. for the beginning of the final week of football camp. The Herd wore full pads and had some spring in its step according to head coach Mark Snyder.
August 18, 2008
Marshall head coach Mark Snyder has been very smart for this August, about injuries, about practice length and about the amount of contact in an effort to avoid the type of August the Herd endured last year, losing Albert McClellan and any other number of players to short and long-term injuries. Snyder and his staff are on the same page this year about getting the best players to game day.
August 15, 2008
Coach Mark Snyder often tells the media that practice is scripted to allow either the offense or the defense to win a practice by the plays put in or the "tools" players are allowed to use. On Wednesday morning, however, it looked like except for one trick play long touchdown, the defense was the unit who had skipped breakfast and ate up the offense all morning in the second two-a-day workday.
August 13, 2008
Marshall got back to work with one full-go workout on Tuesday before returning to work with its second two-a-day on Wednesday. The Herd worked on blitz period and turned its attention to the goal line for the first time. Most of all, Mark Snyder notices a change in attitude among this edition of the Thundering Herd football team, his fourth as head coach.
August 12, 2008
Marshall turned up the hitting with the first true "two-a-day" practice day of the August 2008 camp. Mark Snyder was happy with the "thud" practice that is hitting without taking offensive players down to the ground, and there was some very good plays on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, which is exactly how Snyder would have it during the third day in full pads.
August 11, 2008
Marshall football put on the full pads for the first time on Saturday, August 9, and several hundred Herd fans showed up to watch the "Hoot-N-Holler" drill, usually a first-day highlight. But in an effort to stay away from the kind of injuries Marshall sustained in the 2007 season, "H-N-H" was only seven series and hardly a starter was seen in the drill that resulted in just two scores.
August 9, 2008