Marshall Football Practice Report Day Five


Hiram Moore

Hiram Moore

Aug. 9, 2005

Marshall finally got a break from the recent heat wave, but the defense didn't give the offense any breaks during most of practice Tuesday afternoon at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

The highlight of practice focused on the defense, which made several punishing hits on the running backs.

First-year head coach Mark Snyder was impressed with what he saw from his defense and hopes that the enthusiasm the unit showed today will spread throughout the team.

"The enthusiasm and energy I saw today is what I want out of everybody," Snyder said. "The defense will always be a little bit ahead of the offense.

"All in all, that is the effort we're looking for every day."

The offense, however, did show some promise early on. Junior college transfer quarterback Derek Devine made several impressive throws as did junior Jimmy Skinner.

"Derek threw the ball well today and he has a very strong arm," Snyder added, "but he still has to learn the system."

The Thundering Herd will have its first two-a-day practice Wednesday. Fans are reminded that they can get their second glimpse of the 2005 Thundering Herd Saturday during a scrimmage, which is open to the public.