Football Signs Four on First Day of JUCO Signing Period

Dec. 17, 2008


Marshall University Head Football Coach Mark Snyder announced the signing of four junior college student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, the first day of the junior college signing period. The Thundering Herd is expected to make additional signings during the period that runs through January 15.

Quarterbacks Press Taylor of Butler Community College (Kan.) and Jake Laudenslayer of Mendocino College (Calif.) joined Laney College (Calif.) all-purpose back Troy Evans and Bakersfield Community College safety Brandon Miller by signing with the Thundering Herd, Wednesday.

Biographical capsules in alphabetical order on each signee follow:

Troy Evans
Running Back
Laney College (Calif.)
Height: 5'9" Weight: 200
Hometown: Hayward, Calif. (Hayward H.S.)

Led the Golden Gate Conference in all purpose yards with a 162 yards per game average last season...rushed for 407 yards and four touchdowns and caught 22 passes for 268 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore...recorded 224 yards on 18 punt returns...added 559 yards on 25 kickoffs for a 22.4 yards per return average.

Jake Laudenslayer
Mendocino College (Calif.)
Height: 6'3" Weight: 225
Hometown: Modesto, Calif. (Grace Davis H.S.)

Threw for 2,884 yards and 30 touchdowns against 10 interceptions for Mendocino last season ...also rushed for 294 yards and a touchdown...led the Mid-Empire Conference in passing (288.4 yards per game) and total offense (317.8 yards per game)...a two-time first-team all-conference selection at Mendocino...also played receiver as a freshman...has three years to use his two years of eligibility.

Brandon Miller
Bakersfield Community College (Calif.)
Height: 6'3" Weight: 195
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio (Withrow International H.S.)



Earned Southern California Football Association second-team honors at Bakersfield Community College despite playing in only six games...was credited with 29 tackles, three tackles for loss and recovered a fumble last season...played high school football at Withrow International in Cincinnati.

Press Taylor
Butler Community College (Kan.)
Height: 6'2" Weight: 210
Hometown: Norman, Okla. (Norman H.S.)

Threw for 2,294 yards and 22 touchdowns against six interceptions and rushed for 304 yards...completed 60.8% of his passes en route to leading Butler to a second straight NJCAA national championship...completed 22-of-30 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown in a 37-30 win over Snow College in the Top of the Mountain Bowl...named second-team All-Jayhawk Conference...rated as the #60 overall junior college player in the country by brother of former Nebraska quarterback Zac Taylor...his father Sherwood played defensive back at Oklahoma, lettering from 1977 to 1979.