Youngsters Take Center Stage In First Scrimmage
The Marshall football coaching staff used the final 90 minutes of practice on Wednesday afternoon to put the Thundering Herd through it’s first scrimmage of training camp.
While there were some strong performances among the Marshall starters, it was the younger players who stole the show.
“We saw a lot of good things out there today, but we will have to wait until we get a look at the tapes before we can make a fair assessment,” Herd coach Bob Pruett said. “I thought some of the young offensive linemen performed well and here were some strong efforts from some of the younger guys on the defensive side.”
Offensively, starting quarterback Byron Leftwich was only in for the first possession of the scrimmage. He completed three of six pass attempts for 26 yards. It was redshirt freshman Stan Hill, who has appeared to have taken the lead in the race for the backup job, who played very well under center.
Hill, a Tupelo, Miss., native, completed 16 of 27 attempts for 179 yards with one touchdown pass and one interception. Freshman Scott Wilks completed three of four passes for 35 yards and one interception and redshirt Freshman Andrew English was 0-for-2 with an interception.
Junior Brandon Carey led the ground game with 10 carries for 59 yards. Chanston Rodgers rushed for 28 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Sophomore Franklin Wallace was held out of the scrimmage to nurse a minor injury.
Among the receivers, redshirt freshman Josh Davis was the standout, hauling in six receptions for 68 yards. Junior Chris Ray had three catches for 39 yards, including a 16-yard TD reception. A total of 10 different receivers caught passes during the session.
Defensive standouts included redshirt freshman Roberto Terrell, who has been impressive throughout two-a-days, with an interception and a pass breakup, and junior Ben Poe who had a pair of picks with long returns.
The Herd will continue with two-a-days on Thursday and Friday before Saturday’s full squad scrimmage at Marshall Stadium. Practices are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday before the 2 p.m. scrimmage on Saturday.
The Herd will open the season on Sept. 1 against the No. 1 ranked Florida Gators in Gainesville, Fla.