Nov. 21, 2007
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Marshall will host the UAB Blazers on Senior Day this Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and the game will not be televised.
The Thundering Herd football program will honor its senior class of 15 players this Saturday as it tries to end the 2007 season on a high note. Marshall seniors Marcus Fitzgerald, Kyle Echols, Shawn Lauzon, Brian Shope, Bernard Morris, Antoine Cabarrus, Anthony Binswanger, Will Albin, John Inman, Doug Legursky, David Ziegler, Marcus Moresea, Ryland Wilson and Byron Tinker will be playing their final game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Marty Biagi will also be honored with the outgoing senior class. Biagi will graduate this year and has opted not to use his final year of eligibility next season.
Saturday's honorary captain will be former Marshall All-American and NFL standout Billy Lyon. Lyon was a dominant force up front for the Herd from 1993 to 1996. He was a three-time All-American and three-time first team All-Southern Conference selection that helped Marshall to a 15-0 record and the 1996 National Championship.
Senior quarterback Bernard Morris has had a career year. The Orlando native has thrown for 2,840 yards and 16 touchdowns this season and is also the Thundering Herd's second leading rusher with 433 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Morris needs only 160 yards passing against UAB to reach the 3,000-yard mark for the year and become only the eighth quarterback in MU history to record a 3,000-yard passing season. He would join Byron Leftwich (3 times), Chad Pennington (3 times), Eric Kresser (1996), Todd Donnan (1994), Michael Payton (twice), John Gregory (1988) and Tony Peterson (1987) as the only quarterbacks to ever accomplish that feat.
On the defensive side of the ball, junior free safety C.J. Spillman has been credited with 125 tackles and ranks third in C-USA in tackles per game with 11.4. His total ranks second in the league only to Chris Chamberlain of Tulsa who has 126 tackles.
Marshall will receive a strong challenge from a young UAB squad that enters the game with an identical overall record. The Blazers are under the direction of first-year head coach Neill Callaway and they have put together several strong performances this season. The Blazers own a 26-21 win over Tulane and have gone to the wire in games at Florida State (34-24 loss), at Tulsa (38-30 loss) and against UCF (45-31 loss).
UAB is utilizing two quarterbacks in Sam Hunt and Joseph Webb. Both are running threats and the two have combined for 2,195 yards passing and 459 yards rushing this season.
Defensively, UAB senior Will Dunbar leads C-USA in tackles per game with 11.8 stops.