Aug. 8, 2008
Huntington, W.Va. -
By Randy Burnside
Marshall Sports Information Director
Friday brought another long afternoon practice for members of the Thundering Herd Football Team. With four practice sessions now in the books, the team is eager to take the field on Saturday with full pads for the first time.
The enthusiasm at practice has been noticeable every day now. The players are showing good emotion and practicing hard. The linebackers are swarming and "bouncing around" in drills as Woody Woodrum commented. Obviously, they are ready for full contact practice and it looks as though the offensive line is equally excited about it. One player that has caught the attention of the press corps is Corey Hart. He obviously has put a lot of work in over the summer and spring...that coupled with his natural talent seems to be paying off.
The offensive lineman will have the ability to do a whole lot more to slow down pass rushes with full pads on. There are some very large young men along that line...you can't help but be impressed with the shear size of guys like Jimmy Rogers, Daniel Baldridge, Branden Curry and Brandon Campbell. All of them tip the scales at just over 300 pounds.
Fans are reminded that tomorrow's (Saturday) practice at 3 p.m. is open to the public and Big Green members have access to front row seats for the popular Hoot-and-Holler drill. Remember, no recording devices of any kind are allowed at practice.
In his post practice comments Coach Snyder said he is pleased with the effort and the competition in practice thus far. The coach also mentioned that he is looking forward to seeing the young guys compete tomorrow and see if any of them separate themselves from the pack.
Now to a related note...I received an email today from a website called www.all-nameteam.com that has selected unique names from all of NCAA FBS football and nominated them for their "All-Name Team" that will be selected by an on-line fan vote through their site. Among the best shots at wide out has to be our very own Darius Passmore.
Also, fans can check out and purchase photos from the Herd's Media Day and other events on Herdzone's sports photo store. Brad Helton has recently updated the site with the latest pics.