Football Faces Memphis Saturday





The Marshall University football team will close out the 2005 season when it travels to Memphis on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. EST and the game will be televised nationally by CSTV.

Marshall (4-6) will look to end the season on a winning note, while Memphis (5-5) is fighting for bowl eligibility.

The game features two of Conference USA's finest running backs in Memphis senior star DeAngelo Williams and Marshall sophomore Ahmad Bradshaw.

Williams, a Heisman Trophy candidate, leads C-uSA and is third in the nation in rushing with more than 1,600 yards. Bradshaw is in need of only 92 yards to reach the 1,000 yard mark for the season and become only the eighth Marshall player ever to reach the 1,000 rushing yard mark in a season.

Quotes from Mark Snyder's Weekly Press Conference

Opening Statement:

We get to go out to Memphis and play a pretty good football team. They beat Southern Miss in Hattiesburg. The things on film that jump out at you are their athleticism and their speed.

On the Memphis Offense:

(Memphis Offensive Coordinator) Joe Lee Dunn has his package in place and gives you different looks. Everywhere he goes, he has been successful running that type of offense. We know he'll give us different looks and we need to be prepared for it.

On Memphis Running Back DeAngelo Williams:

DeAngelo is the best back we'll see all year and he is one of the best in country. We'll just have to tackle better than we did last week. The thing that impresses you about him is that he can cut on a dime and reverse foot very quickly.

On Memphis Quarterback Maurice Avery:

He's a good football player - very, very fast. Playing wide out, he was very efficient at what he was doing. Now, he has his hands on the ball every snap and I think it's a great move by (Memphis head coach) Tommy West.

On Personnel Changes for Season Finale at Memphis:

You may see some new guys in there. We'll see how the week goes. We've been giving a lot of young guys reps in practice this week.

On Ahmad Bradshaw:

Ahmad's good. There are a handful of guys (in the nation) that are good and I think Ahmad is one of the better ones in the country. I have coached against a lot of great running backs in the past, but I don't think it is fair to compare him against a lot of those guys. This year, he is one of the better backs in the country.

On Dennis Thornton:

He's been up and down this season. I am excited about getting him back for another year. He needs a good spring practice under his belt. He could become a really good player for us.