Herd To Be Honored At State House On Thursday

Herd To Be Honored At State House On Thursday


The 2002 Marshall University football team will be honored by the West Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the State Capital in Charleston.

Marshall head coach Bob Pruett, Director of Athletics Bob Marcum and several members of the 2002 squad will be on hand for the event.

Marshall produced it?s second straight 11-2 record in 2002, winning the Mid-American Conference title for the fifth time in six seasons and winning the GMAC Bowl for the second straight year.

With five straight bowl victories, the Herd has the longest active bowl win streak in college football.

Marshall football fans already going through withdrawal following the season have only a month to wait before the start of spring football practice.

The Herd is scheduled to open spring drills the week of March 3 and will hold 15 practice sessions before concluding with the Annual Green-White game on April 12.

Again this year, the Herd is scheduled to take one practice on the road, with the stop scheduled for South Charleston again this year. That date is set for April 5.

The Herd lost five starters on offense from last year, including record-setting quarterback Byron Leftwich and All-American Steve Sciullo. Marshall must also replace five departed starters on defense, including leading tackler Duran Smith and veteran defensive backs Chris Crocker, Yancey Satterwhite and Terence Tarpley.

Finding a replacement, or replacements, for departed kicker/punter Curtis Head will also be a priority during spring practice.