Marshall caps championship season with 52-23 win over NIU
Marshall 52, Northern Illinois 23
Marshall 26, LA Tech 23
Marshall 34, UTSA 10
The Word on the Herd-August 5, 2013
Marshall vs. Old Dominion
Enters final collegiate season as one of the nation's top kick returners ... As Herd junior in 2014, ranked No. 7 in FBS in kick return average (29.1 yards) ... His 931 return yards on 32 kicks ranked only seven yards behind nation leader John Ross of Washington (on 38 returns) ... His 931 return yards broke his Herd season of record of 924, set in 2013 ... With 1,855 kick return yards, stands only 111 behind the Marshall school record of 1,966 set by Ray Crisp (1975-78) ... His 26.9-yard career average ranks No. 6 in Conference USA career history and is tops in MU annals ... Has played in 38 of 40 games in his Herd career.
R-JUNIOR SEASON (2014): Was best in the nation on long returns (30 or more yards) with 10, and ranked tied for the FBS lead with five returns of 40 or more yards ... His first career TD -- a 93-yard kick return to start Marshall's scoring in a Boca Raton Bowl win over Northern Illinois -- was the Herd's first kick runback for a score since Troy Evans' 100-yarder in an October 2010 loss at Southern Miss ... His 93-yard bowl return is career-long and was his only return of game ... Other returns of more than 40 yards were against Southern Miss (58), Louisiana Tech (44), Middle Tennessee (41) and Florida Atlantic (41) ... Season-best 109 yards on four returns in opener at Miami (Ohio) ... As receiver, made his only two receptions in opening win at Miami (Ohio), for 26 yards ... Moved from slot receiver to outside receiver in August camp, but didn't play receiver after Week 3 against Ohio.
R-SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013): Emerged as special teams force early in season and returned 37 kicks for Herd-record season-record 924 yards (broken in 2014 by Reaves). The 924 yards ranked eighth nationally in FBS ... Top yardage game was 133 on four returns in loss at Middle Tennessee (is career high); also had season-long of 81 yards at Middle, caught on MTSU 17-yard line ... In Herd's bowl victory over Maryland in Military bowl, ran back five kicks for 124 yards. The five returns rank second in Military Bowl history, with the 124 yards ranking third ... Besides 81-yard return at MTSU, also had 40-plus returns versus UTSA (48), FIU (45) and East Carolina (42) ... Had nine returns of 30 or more yards, ranking tied for fourth in FBS ... As backup slot receiver, caught six passes for 42 yards ... Also returned six punts for 51 yards ... Made five tackles on special teams.
R-FRESHMAN SEASON (2012): Played in 10 games (missed West Virginia and Ohio) ... Recorded nine tackles on special teams.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Redshirted to retain eligibility.
HERD FILE: Born April 30, 1992 ... Majoring in Marketing at MU ... Starred at Dominion High School in northern Virginia ... Ran for 5,620 yards and scored 68 touchdowns (including three of kick returns) as four-year starter ... As senior, rushed for 1,780 yards and 28 touchdowns and was selected All-Metro second team by The Washington Post ... Had offers from Maryland, West Virginia (previous commitment) and Fordham, besides Herd ... Offensive Player of the Year in Dulles District, Group AA All-State first team (with Herd teammate Devon Johnson, of Richlands) by AP, VirginiaPreps.com and Virginia High School Coaches Association ... also All-Region II ... Played numerous positions, including running back, quarterback, cornerback and kick returner ... At tailback, ran for 277 yards in game against Broad Run ... Scored six first-half TDs in rout of Wakefield.