Marshall caps championship season with 52-23 win over NIU
Marshall 52, Northern Illinois 23
Marshall 26, LA Tech 23
Western Kentucky 67, Marshall 66 (OT)
Western Kentucky 67, Marshall 66 (OT)
Marshall vs. NIU- Boca Raton Bowl
Marshall vs. UAB football
Marshall vs. Old Dominion
Marshall defeats Maryland in the 2013 Military Bowl, 31-20.
Herd's 506 yards of offense isn't enough.
Slot receiver was one of the most prolific pass catchers in major college history; his 322 catches rank fourth all-time … Longtime friendship (back to playground football) with Herd quarterback Rakeem Cato and their common knowledge of the game aided both – and the Herd … One of only eight receivers in FBS history with two 100-catch seasons (110 in 2012; 106 in 2013) … Finished career in 2014 with 92 receptions … Has three of the top six reception seasons in Herd annals … First three-time All-Conference USA first team selection in Marshall history (10 seasons in league) … Three-year starter for Herd, made 38 starts … Joins College Football Hall of Famer Mike Barber as only receivers in Marshall history with three seasons of 1,100 or more yards (1,138, 1,165 and 1,138, respectively) … Finished career with at least one reception in 41 consecutive games, a streak that began with a 7-yard reception in a 2011 Beef `O' Brady's Bowl victory over FIU … Made Marshall-record 19 catches in 2012 loss at Purdue … His 25 career TD catches rank fifth for the Herd (behind Randy Moss, Darius Watts, Gator Hoskins, Mike Barber) … Also was Herd’s primary punt return man as senior.
SENIOR SEASON (2014): A great possession, chains-moving receiver, finished his career with a flourish, getting 18 receptions for 185 yards in his final game as Herd romped past Mid-American Conference champ Northern Illinois in inaugural Boca Raton Bowl … The 18 receptions tied for the third-most catches in any bowl in history … Also had 10 receptions twice (at UAB, versus Western Kentucky), with 132 yards in each game … Made 53 catches in last five games … Also had nine receptions in win at Old Dominion … On Biletnikoff Award Watch List … Had 24 punt returns for 227 yards … Voted a season (and bowl) captain by 2014 teammates … Was a coaches-chosen game captain four times.
JUNIOR SEASON (2013): Followed his school-record 110-catch season in 2012 with 106 catches in the Herd's 10-4 finish, capped by a Military Bowl victory over Maryland ... His 106 receptions were tied for seventh nationally ... Voted All-Conference USA first team by league coaches ... With 1,165 yards in receptions, joined former Herd stars Randy Moss and Mike Barber as only Herd players with two seasons of 1,100 receiving yards or more ... Had season-high 10 receptions twice, in triple-overtime loss at Virginia Tech and in home win over Southern Miss ... Had nine catches in five other games, including the Military Bowl triumph, despite facing double coverage or bracketing regularly ... Top yardage day was his 147 yards (nine catches) in romp past East Carolina that clinched Herd's first C-USA East Division title ... Matched career-high two touchdowns in wins over Southern Miss and at Tulsa ... Scored a touchdown in eight of 14 games ... His 10 touchdowns ranked third on team (TE Gator Hoskins 15; RB Essray Taliaferro 11) ...Was selected twice as a game captain by coaches.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012): CollegeFootballNews.com All-Conference USA Team ... All-Conference USA first team pick by league coaches ... Broke College football Hall of Famer Mike Barber's school record for receptions ... Recorded 110 receptions for 1,138 yards ... Hauled in six touchdown grabs ... Caught 19 passes at Purdue for 200 yards (career high). His 19 catches set a school record and broke the Conference USA mark for catches in a single game ... Also had 14 (East Carolina), 13 (Ohio) and 11 catches (Southern Miss) ... Career-best 57-yard reception came in win over Western Carolina ... Averaged 9.2 catches per game, leading the nation ... Had eight or more catches in seven of 12 outings ... Started every game for the Herd ... Changed uniform number from 17 to 1 prior to the season.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Posted 14 catches for 122 yards ... Had four receptions against Houston and posted a 62-yard effort against Southern Miss, when he made first three catches of his collegiate career in Week 2.
HERD FILE: Born Nov. 8, 1992 … Majored in business management at MU … Played at Miami Central with Herd teammate and quarterback Rakeem Cato ... Produced more than 3,000 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns in his prep career ... A Miami-Dade All-County pick ... Selected for the Miami-Dade vs. Broward Nike All-Star Game ... Other offers: Cincinnati and FIU ... Also starred as a baseball shortstop .