Herd Set To Face Golden Flashes
Television: WSAZ-TV (ESPN GamePlan)
Kickoff: 2 p.m.
After a much-needed off week, the Herd returns to action against MAC East Division foe Kent State this weekend. The game features the top passing quarterback in college football in Marshall?s Byron Leftwich and the top rushing quarterback in college football in Kent State?s Joshua Cribbs. Both players hail from the Washington D.C. area.
The off week gave Marshall a chance to rest and rehab numerous nagging injuries on both sides of the ball. Offensively, the week off gave receivers Darius Watts (shoulder), Curtis Jones (wrist) and Denero Marriott (concussion) time to recover. The off week also provided time for sophomore Josh Davis, currently ranked fourth in the nation in receiving yards per game, a chance to have arthroscopic surgery on his sore right knee. His status for the Kent State game is still up in the air.
The time off also gave junior running back Franklin Wallace (concussion) time to recover.
On the defensive side players like Roberto Terrell (turf toe), Terence Tarpley (knee) Chris Crocker (ribs) and Yancey Satterwhite (turf toe) had time to recover and should all be full speed for the first time since the opening game.
In last season?s game against Kent State the Herd struggled to stop Cribbs, who rushed for 159 yards and threw for 182 more.
Leftwich, in his career, has played well against the Flashes. In three games, one of which came during his freshman season, Leftwich has completed 55 of 78 passes for 645 yards and five TDs. His 70.5 completion percentage against Kent State is second only to his 72.9% on passes against Buffalo.