Herd Lands Three Players on All-C-USA Second Team|
Nov. 29, 2005
IRVING, Texas - Three Marshall Thundering Herd football players were named to the All-Conference USA Second Team, while two more were named to the All-Freshman Team, as announced Tuesday by the conference office.
Sophomore running back Ahmad Bradshaw (Bluefield, Va./Graham), offensive lineman Doug Legursky (Beckley, W.Va./Woodrow Wilson) and senior defensive back Chris Hawkins (Kinston, N.C./Kinston) were second team honorees, while punter Marty Biagi (Shelbyville, Ky./Shelbyville) and defensive end Albert McClellan (Lakeland, Fla./Kathleen) earned All-Freshman honors.
"We're excited about the two freshmen making the team," Marshall head football coach Mark Snyder said. "As the season wore on, I felt we had a couple of more freshmen that were definitely worthy of such an honor.
"We have two second teamers coming back that will be only juniors (Bradshaw and Legursky) and it's an exciting and bright future for us."
Bradshaw amassed 997 rushing yards in 2005, which rank as the 12th-highest single-season rushing total in school history. His 1,459 career rushing yards in two seasons rank 16th all-time in school history.
Bradshaw also led the team with 56 receptions in 2005, while posting 381 yards and a touchdown.
Legursky, who made only one start during his freshman season in 2004 at left guard, started 10 of the Herd's 11 games at center his past season. His other start came at right guard.
Prior to the season, Legursky was named to the 2005 Rimington Trophy Award Watch List. The award is given annually to the nation's top center.
Hawkins, a senior transfer from North Carolina, was a mainstay in the Herd secondary in 2005 and was the Herd's top shutdown corner. Hawkins started all 11 games at cornerback and also spent time as a kick returner. Hawkins finished the season with 28 tackles (17 solo), while chipping in a team-best seven pass break-ups.
A pair of freshmen also made an impact for the Herd this season, as was evident in Biagi and McClellan being named to C-USA's All-Freshman squad.
Biagi, a redshirt freshman, led all freshman punters in C-USA with a 38.4 yards per punt average this season. That is the best average by a freshman Herd punter since 2003 (Klint Rose, 38.5 avg.). Biagi's 2,343 punting yards are the most by a Herd freshman since Chris Hanson in 1995 (2,352 yards).
McClellan started six games at defensive end for the Herd as a true freshman, including the last four games of the season. McClellan recorded 40 tackles (26 solo stops). His seven tackles for loss (for 26 yards) were the second-most on the team. He finished third on the team with three sacks (for 21 yards). McClellan also recorded a pair of pass break-ups, a forced fumble and recovered a fumble.