The Word on the Herd
Marshall 38, Middle Tennessee 10
Old Dominion 3, Marshall 35
Marshall 14, Charlotte 3
Marshall places second-most student-athletes on list among league schools
USATSI Gallery - Marshall @ Cincinnati
Photos from Marshall football against third-ranked Louisville on Sept. 24, 2016 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
Marshall vs. UConn St. Petersburg Bowl
NCAA Football: Marshall faces Western Kentucky at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
Photos from ODU @ Marshall on Oct. 3, 2015.
Returns as the team’s active leader in career receptions (89), receiving yards (864), touchdown receptions (16) and scoring (96). Enters the 2017 season with a streak of 29 consecutive games with a reception. The streak dates back to Nov. 15, 2014, when he caught four passes for 31 yards against Rice. The last game without a reception was Nov. 8, 2014 at Southern Mississippi.
JUNIOR SEASON (2016): Played in 11 games, including 10 starts … Finished with 28 receptions for 298 yards and five touchdowns … Tied for the team lead in touchdown receptions … Caught a pass in all 11 games in which he played, extending one of the nation’s longest such streaks … Caught five touchdown passes, raising his career total to 16 … Touchdowns came against Morgan State, No. 3 Louisville, North Texas, Old Dominion and Western Kentucky … Had multiple receptions in seven games … Snagged a career long 58-yard catch for a touchdown in the season opener against Morgan State … Touchdown against Morgan State was his sixth consecutive game with a TD reception … Set a career high with 65 receiving yards (on a season-high five catches) against Akron … Four receptions for 49 yards in a win against Florida Atlantic … Four catches for 33 yards against Charlotte … Twice selected by Coach Doc Holliday as a game captain (Middle Tennessee and Florida International) … Named to the 2016-17 C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll (3.0 or greater GPA).
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015): Started all 13 games at tight end for 10-3 St. Petersburg Bowl champion team … Ranked No. 3 on Marshall receiving list, with 44 catches for 417 yards … His nine touchdowns led Herd non-kickers in scoring – one each in nine games … Only Gator Hoskins, with 10 TD catches in both 2012 and 2013, had more single-season TDs for a TE in Herd history … Also rushed one time for 27 yards in homecoming win over North Texas … Caught at least three passes in 10 of 13 games … Had six receptions twice – for 63 yards in win over Old Dominion and for 40 yards in overtime loss at Middle Tennessee … Scored Herd’s lone TD in St. Petersburg Bowl triumph over Connecticut – a first-quarter, 16-yard reception from QB Chase Litton … Had five receptions for 56 yards in bowl … Longest reception for season was 31-yarder versus ODU … Named to 2015-16 C-USA Commissioner’s Honor roll (3.0 or greater GPA).
FRESHMAN SEASON (2014): One of three Marshall players named to Conference USA All-Freshman Team after playing all 14 games in Herd’s C-USA title season … Had 17 receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns … His 1-yard scoring catch with five seconds remaining in win at FIU (Oct. 18) was not only his first career TD, but also gave QB Rakeem Cato an NCAA FBS record 39th consecutive game with a scoring pass, topping the 38 by Russell Wilson at North Carolina State and Wisconsin from 2009-11 … Was No. 2 tight end behind senior Eric Frohnapfel, and helped the Herd tie Oregon for the most TD receptions by freshmen (17) in 2014 season … Top game was his four catches for 31 yards and a TD in home win over Rice (Nov. 15) … Also had three receptions for 30 yards in Week 4 victory at Akron (Sept. 20) … Made debut in Week 2 against Rhode Island with one catch for six yards … Also played on several special teams units … Had one kick return (zero yards) and one tackle … Played the season as the only football player to be a member of MU’s Big Green Scholarship Foundation (membership paid by his father).
HERD FILE: Born Aug. 27, 1996 in Greensboro, N.C. … Majoring in Marketing at MU … A two-star prospect by Rivals … Other offers: Appalachian State, Charleston Southern, Georgia Southern, Holy Cross, Liberty and The Citadel and interest from Clemson, Duke, East Carolina and South Carolina … Finished his senior season at Carolina Forest High School with 23 catches for 294 yards and one touchdown despite missing six games after tearing the meniscus in his left knee in Aug. 26 practice and Aug. 30 surgery … Caught 56 passes for 731 yards and seven touchdowns as 2012 junior … At CFHS, also played small forward for the basketball team and third base for the baseball team … His father, Hunter Yurachek, moved in 2014 from the athletic director’s job at Coastal Carolina to Houston, where he was elevated to AD in 2015. He previously worked at Akron, Virginia, Western Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest and was four-year basketball letterman at Division III Guilford (N.C.).