Aug. 12, 2008
By Randy Burnside
Marshall University Sports Information Director
Note: This is the latest in a series of blog-style practice reports that will be posted exclusively on Herdzone.com throughout August camp.
The Thundering Herd football team continued preparations for the 2008 season today with its ninth practice session of camp at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
The team worked out in full pads once again and the sidelines were graced by another NFL scout. Several scouts have made there way to practices in the last few days. On Monday, the team experienced their first actual two-a-day by practicing in the morning and evening. The Herd went with full pads in the morning session and shells in the afternoon practice.
By all accounts, the Thundering Herd is well ahead at this point in camp as opposed to recent years. Head Coach Mark Snyder has a significant number of returning starters and players with experience for the first time in his tenure and it shows with the pace of practice. Snyder has commented repeatedly about how pleased he is with the amount of work and effort he is seeing on a daily basis from his squad.
Another advantage to having such a strong group of returnees is the leadership it provides to the newcomers. In interviews throughout camp, young players have spoken about upper classmen who have motivated them and continue to push and mentor them. Just a few days ago several young defensive linemen talked about the "inspiration" they get from watching Albert McClellan go so hard and fast in practice. Not only does he appear to be 100%, but the 2006 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year is bigger and looks poised for a big year.
*Fans will have another opportunity to watch the Herd practice this Saturday with a Choose-A-Seat Day at the stadium. Fans interested in purchasing season tickets can look for available seats and talk with Marshall Ticket Office personnel beginning at 10:30 a.m. Choose-A-Seat events allow fans the opportunity to sit in different sections and choose the view they want all season long. Of course, season tickets can be purchased online 24 hours a day, seven days a week on Herdzone.com.
*Marshall fans might want to pick up a copy of USA TODAY or check out USAToday.com on Wednesday. Eddie Timanus interviewed Coach Snyder, Albert McClellan and Cody Slate this week for a piece that is expected to run as early as tomorrow.
*The annual Hall of Fame banquet is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 29 in the Don Morris Room of the Marshall University Memorial Student Union. Tickets for the banquet are $30 each, and are available at the Marshall University Ticket Office in the lobby of the Cam Henderson Center. Call 1-800-THE HERD for more information.
*Tickets are still available for Marshall University's Paint the Capital City Green pep rally Aug. 20 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston. Tickets are on sale now for $35. To order tickets, call (304) 696-7138.