April 2, 2007
Marshall University football fans will have two opportunities to see the Thundering Herd practice this week. Marshall's Tuesday 3:30 p.m. workout at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington and Saturday's noon practice at Laidley Field (UC Stadium) in Charleston are both open to the public.
Gates will open at 11 a.m. for Saturday's practice in Charleston and a variety of groups will be represented at the practice ranging from the Marshall Quarterback Club of Charleston to the Marshall University Alumni Association and the Big Green. There is no admission charge at the practice.
"The Kanawha Valley is very important to Marshall University and by practicing in Charleston we have the opportunity to bring Thundering Herd football to our fans in the valley and let them know we appreciate them," Marshall University head coach Mark Snyder said.
The Thundering Herd concluded its first week of spring practice last Saturday. Marshall's players were in pads for the first time this spring and the practice session featured the popular Hoot N' Holler drill.
One area of interest heading into the spring has been the two tackle positions. Marshall lost 2006 starters Seth Cook and Wesley Jones to graduation and is now looking to senior John Inman (6-5, 302) at left tackle and sophomore Daniel Baldridge (6-9, 320) at right tackle this spring.
Inman saw a great deal of action and showed his versatility last season at guard and right tackle, filling in whenever needed along the line. Baldridge saw limited time a year ago, however he is an imposing figure on the field that has come a long way considering he only played one year of high school football (2004).
"I am going to do whatever the coaches need me to do to help the team," Inman said. "I have a lot to learn at left tackle, but it helps everyday having an All-American player like Albert McClellan coming at you and challenging you. I just have to keep working and studying hard."
McClellan, the 2006 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, praised both Inman and Baldridge for their hard work and he says you can see the progress being made.
"I look at John like a big tight end, because he moves his feet real well. Baldridge is just so large and has an incredible arm span that makes it hard to get around. Both of them are going to be just fine," McClellan said. "You can see them getting better every day."