Marshall Football Postgame Notes|
Nov. 26, 2016
Marshall game captains for WKU, as selected by Doc Holliday and staff, are four of the team’s senior: receiver Josh Knight, receiver Justin Hunt, linebacker Devontre’a Tyler and defensive end Gary Thompson.
Saturday’s game was televised by ESPNU, the first time the network has visited Joan C. Edwards Stadium since Oct. 13, 2010 when the Thundering Herd hosted UCF.
Sophomore wide receiver Donquell “Gator” Green and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Alex Locklear received their first career starts. Green lined up in the backfield and motioned to the left side of the field for a reception on the game’s first play. Locklear started at right guard.
MU quarterback Chase Litton, who missed Saturday’s game against WKU, finished the season with 2,612 passing yards and 24 touchdowns, both improvements from his rookie season. Litton is No. 10 on the MU’s all-time list for completions (461), No. 7 in passing touchdowns (47) and No. 6 in completion percentage (61.1).
Josh Knight caught three passes Saturday and finishes as the team leader with 62. Knight was edged out for the team lead in receiving yards by sophomore Michael Clark, whose 42 yards Saturday night gave him 632 for the season. Knight’s 16 yards in the finale gave him 631 yards on the season. Knight, Clark, Justin Hunt and Ryan Yurachek finish in a four-way tie for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with five.
Sophomore linebacker Frankie Hernandez finished as the team leader in tackles for a loss with 8.5, of which 5.5 of those came in the final five games of the season.
Senior defensive end Gary Thompson paced the team in sacks in 2016 with five, which pushed his career total to 19. Thompson leaves Marshall No. 9 on the program’s all-time sack list.