March 28, 2006
Marshall University head football coach Mark Snyder was in a comfort zone as the Thundering Herd opened spring football practice Tuesday afternoon at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington.
"We are so much further ahead than last year," Snyder said. "I now have a much better feel for it. The comfort level is a lot higher."
Last season, Snyder took over the Marshall program with only one practice date remaining before the annual Green-White game. Now for the first time he has a full off season of preparation with his coaching staff.
Overall, Snyder was pleased with Tuesday's practice session.
"It was a good practice. They were giving effort and I thought the enthusiasm was good and they knew what they were doing. Of course guys were a little rusty, too. It was a typical first practice."
Spring practice consists of 15 sessions that ends with the April 22 Green-White Game.
Snyder welcomes back 48 letterwinners from last season and that number includes 19 starters.
Following Tuesday's workout, Thundering Herd players and coaches were addressed by two-time Super Bowl Champion Lee Rouson who played under Marshall defensive coordinator Jim Collins in high school. Rouson is in Huntington to speak at Friday's Huntington Area Fellowhip of Christian Athletes Banquet.
Marshall is scheduled to conduct its second spring practice on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.