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Herd Welcomes Newcomers To Camp

Herd Welcomes Newcomers To Camp


Marshall University football coaches welcomed a class of 34 players to campus Monday afternoon to mark the official start of the 2002 camp.

The group included spring signees, players who sat out last season at partial qualifiers and invited walk-ons. The first-year players spent their first afternoon getting fitted for equipment and getting orientation sessions from the equipment room, training room and strength staff.

Among the new players were five offensive linemen, four running backs and four defensive backs. Each position, including special team spots, was represented by at least one member of the group.

?There are some good looking athletes in this group of new players,? Marshall head coach Bob Pruett said. ?I know they are all anxious to get out there and show us what they have. We?ll give them an opportunity to do that for a couple of days before the rest of the team reports to camp.?

The new squad members will go through a series of academic orientation sessions on Tuesday before getting their first opportunity on the practice field on Wednesday. The players are scheduled to practice Wednesday at 8:30 am in Marshall Stadium and at 4:30 pm on the grass practice field.

Practice will be held at 8:30 am and 3:30 pm on Thursday.

The 34 new players will be joined on Thursday afternoon by the returning members of the varsity squad. The team will participate in Media/Photo Day activities Friday afternoon at Marshall Stadium before opening full squad two-a-days on Saturday.

The Thundering Herd, ranked 21st in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, will open the 2002 season on August 31 at 7 pm against Appalachian State at Marshall Stadium. For information on tickets to that game, or for season-ticket information, call the Marshall Athletic Ticket Office at 800-THE-HERD or 696-HERD.

Following is a complete roster of the 34 new Thundering Herd players who reported to camp on Monday.

2002 Marshall Football
Newcomers Roster

No Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl./Elig. Hometown/HS (Previous School)
9 Ivan Clark DB 5-11 180 FR/FR Amelia, VA/Amelia County
9 Jesse Cortez K 5-8 176 FR/FR Ft. Meade, FL/ Ft. Meade
10 Dane Holland OLB 6-2 205 FR/FR Lexington, KY/Lexington Catholic
11 Graham Gochneaur QB 6-4 210 JR/JR Highland Village, TX/Flower Md. Marcus (Kilgore College)
16 Jimmy Skinner QB 6-4 190 FR/FR Chillicothe, OH/Chillicothe
17 Adam Black QB 6-6 195 FR/FR Knox, PA/Keystone
18 Jason Schroeder WR 6-2 212 JR/JR Vacaville, CA (Solano JC)
22 Wilbur Hargrove WR 6-0 180 SO/SO Boyton, VA/Bluestone (Hargrave)
25 Curtis Keyes DB 6-1 187 FR/FR Mt. Olive, MS/Mize
26 Chris Royal DB 5-11 175 FR/FR Herndon, VA/South Lakes (Fork Union)
29 Fernando Durden OLB 6-2 193 SO/SO Apopka, FL/Apopka
30 Dennis Thornton OLB 6-0 200 SO/SO Spotsylvania, VA/Spotsylvania (Hargrave)
26 Jonathan Dudley K 5-11 165 FR/FR Wirtz, VA/Franklin County
34 Darrell Sheppard RB 6-2 235 SO/SO Miami, FL/Christopher Columbus
37 Renard Stevens DB 6-3 190 FR/FR Washington, D.C./Christ Church
39 Michael West RB 5-11 180 FR/FR Louisa, KY/Lawrence County
39 Donte? Newsome OLB 6-0 205 FR/FR Chesapeake, VA/Deep Creek
42 Klint Rose P 6-3 204 FR/FR Lexington, KY/Lexington Catholic
43 Tank Tunstalle RB 6-1 213 FR/FR New Richmond, WV/Wyoming East
44 Carlos Morgan LB 6-0 235 SO/SO Locust Grove, GA/Jackson
49 Peyton Harris OLB 6-2 210 FR/FR Vienna, VA/Fork Union Prep
52 Joey Daugherty DT 6-2 275 FR/FR Dunbar, WV/South Charleston
56 Toby Bullock OL 6-4 330 SO/SO Jacksonville, FL/Englewood
57 David Belcher LB 6-1 220 FR/FR Roanoke, VA/Fork Union Prep
61 Ryan Nolan OL 6-5 290 FR/FR Dublin, OH/Coffman
69 Jarrett Baisden OL 6-4 280 FR/FR Huntington, WV/Spring Valley
73 Seth Cook OL 6-5 280 FR/FR Gilbert, WV/Gilbert
76 Nathan Kiskis DE 6-3 220 FR/FR Crown City, OH/Gallia Academy
79 Jesse Saito OL 6-3 300 JR/JR Freemont, CA/Washington (Chabot JC)
81 Gavin Herscher WR 6-4 215 FR/FR St. Albans, WV/St. Albans
89 Matt Morris TE 6-4 220 FR/FR Beckley, WV/Woodrow Wilson
91 Shavar Greer LB 6-1 215 FR/FR Beckley, WV/Woodrow Wilson
92 Ace Withrow DE 6-2 255 SO/SO Lexington, KY/Bryan Station
97 Brett Riffey LS 6-3 200 FR/FR Vincent, OH/Warren Local