Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Opponent Watch

From the Greenville Daily Reflector, Pirates rally around Rock and his heroic message

http://www.reflector.com/sports/ecu/pirates-rally-around-rock-and-his-heroic-message-862410.html

From the Greenville Daily Reflector, Two Marshalls await ECU

http://www.reflector.com/sports/ecu/two-marshalls-await-ecu-864436.html

From the Greenville Daily Reflector, ECU’s backfield thins out

http://www.reflector.com/sports/ecu/ecus-backfield-thins-out-867197.html

From the American Chronicle, ECU to Focus on Red Zone: Pirates Sputtering Inside 20

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/yb/135857257

Today's Marshall Sports News 9/30

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd's Marshall runs to top of the heap

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909290693

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall trying to catch up

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909290658

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Dobson getting into the flow for Marshall

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909290661

From the Herald Dispatch, ECU's Harris a similar receiver to BG's Barnes

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883088827/ECUs-Harris-a-similar-receiver-to-BGs-Barnes

From the Herald Dispatch, MU men's soccer to host VMI

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883088859/MU-mens-soccer-to-host-VMI

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd ready to take on ECU

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883088825/Snyder-Herd-ready-to-take-on-defending-C-USA-champs-ECU

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Verbal Commitment Update

DE/TE Jamie Onufrak, Out Door Academy Sarasota Florida:

Game against St. John Neumann was postponed due to lightning.

TE/LS James Powers, Myrtle Beach High School:

Power’s Myrtle Beach Seahawks beat Conway High School 24 – 7 Friday night. Could not find individual stats for Powers but you can read about the game here: http://www.thesunnews.com/940/story/1087774.html

DE A.J Scott, Robert E Lee High School:

Robert E. Lee beat Waynesboro 30 – 0 last week. No individual stats for Scott, read about the game here: http://www.newsleader.com/article/20090929/HSSPORTS01/909290320/-1/HSSPORTS/Rocky-Robert-E.-Lee-routs-Waynesboro

WR Raheem Waiters, Riverside High School:

Riverside beat Huntington High 20 – 10 Friday night. Waiters had 3 catches for 27 yards and 2 rushes for 3 three yards. Read about the game here: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/highschool/x883086549/Riverside-frustrates-Huntington-High-wins-20-10

LB Trevor Black, Hargrave Military Academy:

Off week, will face Walter Reed in the Military Bowl next week.

Today's Marshall Sports News 9/29

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd has brewed rivalry with ECU

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909280978

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Pirates give Holtz a reason to smile again

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909280849

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall's Ratanamorn has learned from struggles

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909280845

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd RB Marshall tops country for yards per game

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909280081

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd regaining confidence following Memphis victory

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883088271/Herd-regaining-confidence-following-Memphis-victory

From the Herald Dispatch, Landon: Get over yourself, Memphis

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883088267/Get-over-yourself-Memphis

From the Herald Dispatch, Hanshew: Holtz praises Marshall's offensive attack

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883088273/Holtz-praises-Marshalls-offensive-attack

From the Herald Dispatch, Lengyel attends Campbellsville fundraiser

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883088269/Lengyel-attends-Campbellsville-fundraiser

Monday, September 28, 2009

Marshall in the NFL Week 3

Doug Legursky, C, Pittsburgh Steelers

Was the first interior lineman off the bench during Pittsburgh’s 23 – 20 loss to Cincinnati.

Randy Moss, WR, New England Patriots

Caught 10 passes for 116 yards during New England’s 26 – 10 win over Atlanta.

Chris Hanson, P, New England Patriots

Had 2 punts for a 43.5 yard average. New England beat Atlanta 26 – 10.

Chris Massey, LS, St. Louis Rams

Started at long snapper during the Rams 36 – 17 loss to Green Bay.

Chris Crocker, S, Cincinnati Bengals

Had 5 tackles and two assist during Cincinnati’s 23 - 20 win over Pittsburgh. Also had a fake punt rush for 21 yards. Found an article on Bengals.com which has multiple quotes from Crocker: http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/Long-time-coming/57882c67-a603-4dfa-8888-cba6dee99a7e

Byron Leftwich, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Threw for 22 yards on 16 attempts and 7 completions with one interception during Tampa Bay’s 24 – 0 loss to New York (NFC). Buccaneers QB Josh Johnson will start in place of Leftwich next week at Washington.

C.J Spillman, S, San Diego Chargers

Was inactive for San Diego’s 23 – 13 win over Miami.

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants

Carried the ball 14 times for 104 yards at an average of 7.4 yards per rush during the Giants 24 – 0 win over Tampa Bay. Also returned 4 punts for a 9.8 yard average.

Chad Pennington, QB, Miami Dolphins

Hurt early in the third quarter of Miami’s 23 – 13 loss to Miami. Having test on his shoulder Monday to see severity of injury. Completed 8 of 12 passes for 54 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Ran 2 times for 3 yards.

Today's Marshall Sports News 9/28

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd notebook: Booker, Dobson make true marks

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909261075

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd gets in the zone

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909261060

From the Charleston Gazette, At Memphis, the seat is really hot

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909270837

From the Charleston Daily Mail, RB Marshall lifts Herd to win over Memphis

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/200909260879

From the Herald Dispatch, Landon: All aboard; Marshall bandwagon rolls again

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883087337/All-aboard-Marshall-bandwagon-rolls-again

From the Herald Dispatch, Volleyball stops UCF comeback, wins 3-2

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883087691/Volleyball-stops-UCF-comeback-wins-3-2

From the Herald Dispatch, Suhr brings years of NBA experience to coaches clinic at Cam Henderson

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883087335/Suhr-brings-years-of-NBA-experience-to-coaches-clinic-at-Cam-Henderson

From the Herald Dispatch, Darius Marshall leads FBS in rushing, all-purpose

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883087689/Darius-Marshall-leads-FBS-in-rushing-all-purpose

From the Herald Dispatch, Silencing the critics

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883087687/Silencing-the-critics

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall vs. Rice woman’s soccer

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883087749/No-Headline

Friday, September 25, 2009

Opponent Watch

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Tigers' defense seeks consistent play

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/sep/23/tigers-d-seeks-even-play/

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Tigers Football Notebook: Georgians on roster worry about flooding

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/sep/24/tiger-notebook-georgians-on-roster-worry-about/

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal, With an assist from Bass, Tigers receivers Calhoun, Singleton back up to par

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/sep/25/calhoun-singleton-get-back-up-to-par/

Today's Marshall Sports News 9/25

From the Charleston Gazette, UCF looking to avoid 0-2 hole against ECU

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909240850

From the Charleston Gazette, Bass still learning

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909240813

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall receiver chases rabbits, dreams

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909230412

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Memphis QB ready to face Marshall

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909240017

The Charleston Daily Mail, Prep foes ready for another meeting

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909240704

The Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall plays just want to run the ball

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909240669

From the Herald Dispatch, Slumping HHS to face Riverside's playmaker

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x883085921/No-Headline

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall roundup: Herd womens soccer wins conference opener

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883085933/No-Headline

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd defense ready for Memphis

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883085929/Herd-defense-ready-for-the-matchup-in-Memphis

From the Herald Dispatch, Rick McCann: Steadman Short's name doesn't fit his game

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883085927/No-Headline

From the Herald Dispatch, Memphis receivers are big threat for Marshall

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883085931/Memphis-receivers-are-big-threat-for-Marshall

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Today's Marshall Sports News 9/24

From the Charleston Gazette, Marshall beats WVU again in volleyball

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909230526

From the Charleston Gazette, Booker gets his first taste of success

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909230529

From the Charleston Gazette, Tall order for Herd

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909230531

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Memphis QB ready to face Marshall

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909240017

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall volleyball team stops WVU ... again

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/OtherMarshallSports/200909240005

From the Herald Dispatch, Landon: Volleyball series sets example for football

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883085407/Volleyball-series-sets-example-for-football

From the Herald Dispatch, Hanshew: C-USA league play begins with road trip to Memphis

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883085415/C-USA-league-play-begins-with-road-trip-to-Memphis

From the Herald Dispatch, Big Green sets Memphis tailgate

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883085419/No-Headline

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall in the NFL

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883085417/No-Headline

From the Herald Dispatch, Tigers know what Darius does for Marshall

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883085413/Tigers-know-what-Darius-does-for-Marshall

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd pounds WVU

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883085421/Herd-pounds-WVU

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

How to Beat Memphis

Marshall heads to the Liberty Bowl this weekend to face conference foe Memphis. The Thundering Herd are coming off a 17 – 10 win over Bowling Green while Memphis handled Tennessee-Martin 41 – 14.

So how do you beat the Memphis Tigers? Since joining C-USA Marshall and Memphis have played four times, each team winning two games at home. Getting a win on the road in this series, or any C-USA road game for that matter, will be a formidable task.

Besides their blow out win over UT-Martin Memphis has struggled this season, losing to Middle Tennessee 31 – 14 and Mississippi 45 – 14. During both of those contest Memphis gave up a total of 338 rushing yards which brings me to Marshall’s first key to victory, run the football. Just like last week the Herd will need a strong performance from star running back Darius Marshall. Memphis’s defense has been porous against the run. If Marshall can run effectively and control the clock it would go a long way towards victory.

Memphis quarterback Tyler Bass had a break out performance against UT-Martin, throwing for 293 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 80 more yards plus another TD. Marshall’s second key to victory is shutting down Bass. The Herd has had trouble with mobile quarterbacks (see Joe Webb UAB Tyrod Taylor VT) but MU’s defense made great strides against BGSU. It will be vital for Albert Mcclellan to get in Bass’s face and disrupt his rhythm. Even though Bass had a great performance against UT-Martin it was only his first college start. A strong pass rush will surely rattle the young quarterback.

Marshall’s final key to victory centers around the wide receivers. Brain Anderson needs to find a reliable target with Troy Evans season ending injury and Courtney Edmonson’s continued absence. Marshall’s leading wide receivers Chuck Walker and Antavio Wilson are barely averaging forty yards receiving per game. Cody Slate is a great tight end but Anderson needs another set of reliable hands on the field. If Wilson can build on last weeks strong performance or Walker regains hisweek one form look for Marshall’s offense to catch fire.

Key’s to Victory:

1. Run the Ball
2. Shut down Bass
3. Wide Receivers Step Up

Today's Marshall Sports News 9/23

From the Charleston Gazette, Tiger passing inevitable; Herd must deal with it

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909220928

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd seeks to extend win streak vs. WVU

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909220949

From the Charleston Gazette, Injuries test Herd's depth

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909220952

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall homecoming parade scheduled

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/200909220570

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Ex-Marshall, NFL star Brown set as grand marshal

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/200909220678

From the Charleston Daily Mail, The numbers are working for MU's Booker

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909220991

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall hosts WVU in volleyball matchup tonight

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/OtherMarshallSports/200909220887

From the Herald Dispatch, Ex-Marshall, NFL star Brown set as grand marshal

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x1011687627/Ex-Marshall-NFL-star-Brown-set-as-grand-marshal

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Third quarter is the difference

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x352191152/Chuck-Landon-Third-quarter-is-the-difference

From the Herald Dispatch, Hanshew: Redshirts aside, freshmen helping the Herd

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883084721/Redshirts-aside-freshmen-helping-the-Herd

From the Herald Dispatch, Lengyel to speak Friday in Campbellsville, Ky

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883084713/Lengyel-to-speak-Friday-in-Campbellsville-Ky

From the Herald Dispatch, Awards keep coming for Withrow's great game

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883084723/Awards-keep-coming-for-Withrows-great-game

From the Herald Dispatch, The Mountaineers are coming

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x352191150/The-Mountaineers-are-coming

From the Herald Dispatch, Momentum for Memphis

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883084719/Momentum-for-Memphis

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Opponent Watch

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Tigers' offense shows potential, defense goes into lockdown

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/sep/22/starting-to-click/

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal, New Tigers quarterback Bass makes solid impression

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/sep/21/new-tigers-quarterback-bass-makes-solid-impression/

From Jacksun.com, MEMPHIS FOOTBALL: West pleased with offense's improvement

http://www.jacksonsun.com/article/20090922/SPORTS/909220322

From Jacksun.com, MEMPHIS FOOTBALL: Brownsville's Singleton in final year at wideout

http://www.jacksonsun.com/article/20090922/SPORTS/909220324

Marshall in the NFL Week 2

Doug Legursky, C, Pittsburgh Steelers

Was the first interior lineman off the bench during Pittsburgh’s 17 – 14 loss to Chicago.

Randy Moss, WR, New England Patriots

Caught 4 passes for 24 yards for during New England’s 16 – 9 loss to New York (AFC).

Chris Hanson, P, New England Patriots

Had 6 punts for a 36.8 yard average, put two kicks inside the twenty with one touchback. New England lost to the Jets 16 – 9.

Chris Massey, LS, St. Louis Rams

Started at long snapper during the Rams 9 – 7 loss to Washington.

Chris Crocker, S, Cincinnati Bengals

The Good: 4 tackles with one pass deflected. The Bad: Three penalties, two pass interferences and a defensive holding, which led to first downs. Cincinnati beat Green Bay 31-24.

Byron Leftwich, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Threw for 296 yards on 50 attempts and 26 completions during Tampa Bay’s 33 – 20 loss to Buffalo. Leftwich tossed three touchdowns and two interceptions.

C.J Spillman, S, San Diego Chargers

Was inactive for San Diego’s 31 – 26 loss to Baltimore.

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants

Carried the ball 9 times for 37 yards at an average of 4.1 yards per rush during the Giants 33 – 31 win over Dallas. In the passing game Bradshaw caught 2 passes for 8 yards. Also, he returned 2 punts for 16 yards.

Chad Pennington, QB, Miami Dolphins

Completed 22 of 33 passes for 183 yards with no touchdowns and one interception during Miami’s 27-23 loss to Indianapolis. Also had one run for four yards.

Today's Marshall Sports News 9/22

From the Charleston Gazette, Help wanted for Herd at safety

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909210909

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall's Saunders motivating teammmate to win

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/200909220032?page=1&build=cache

From the Herald Dispatch, Hanshew: Darius Marshall predicted 80-yard TD against BGSU

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883084169/Darius-Marshall-predicted-80-yard-TD-against-BGSU

From the Herald Dispatch, Landon: Herd banged up after game with Bowling Green State

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883084167/Herd-banged-up-after-game-with-Bowling-Green-State

From the Herald Dispatch, McClellan named C-USA defensive player of the week

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883084163/No-Headline

From the Herald Dispatch, Withrow's seven saves help Herd shut out UK

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883084171/Withrows-seven-saves-help-Herd-shut-out-UK

From the Herald Dispatch, Hanshew: Marshall's focus shifts to conference play this week

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883083457/Marshalls-focus-shifts-to-conference-play-this-week

Monday, September 21, 2009

How to Beat BGSU Update

Last week I published a post about how to beat Bowling Green (http://marshallthunderingblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/how-to-beat-bgsu.html. In the post I detailed three keys to the game for Herd victory. They were score early and often, rush effectively to control the clock, and cause turnovers. Lets review the game to see how well Marshall stacked up in each of those categories.

1. Score Early and Often:

Marshall did not score early or often. On the Herds first possession they marched to Bowling Green’s six yard line before a bad snap resulted in a missed field goal. Bowling Green struck first in the second half when Tyler Sheenan found Chris Wright for a fifty yard touchdown pass. Marshall did not answer until the third quarter when scrambling Brian Anderson found Antavio Wilson for a 11 yard touchdown reception.

2. Run the Ball

Marshall was extremely effective running the football. The Herd racked up 254 rushing yards, 188 of those belonging to Darius Marshall. Even though Marshall held a huge advantage in rushing Bowling Green won the time of possession battle by three minutes. You can attribute that to Marshall’s 80 yard touchdown run and a few long drives by the Falcon offense.

3. Cause Turnovers

Marshall only caused one turnover but it came at a crucial moment. After Marshall’s 80 yard touchdown run Bowling Green had first and ten on their own 19 yard line. Albert McClellan jarred the ball lose from Sheenan and Vinny Curry fell on the fumble to give Marshall possession. Unfortunately the Herd had to settle for a field goal but it did put Marshall ahead by a touchdown.

Looks like my keys to the game mostly held up. Besides score early and often Marshall did run the ball effectively and caused a turnover. Even though Marshall did not control the clock by gaining 254 yards rushing it was the Herds main source of offense. Turnovers were not abundant but the Herd was even in giveaways with Bowling Green and did score off of Sheenan’s fumble.

Lets hope Marshall keeps it up against Memphis this Saturday at the Liberty Bowl!

Verbal Commitment Update

DE/TE Jamie Onufrak, Out Door Academy Sarasota Florida:

Out Door Academy had an off week, will play St. John Neumann on 9/25.

TE/LS James Powers, Myrtle Beach High School:

Beat previously unbeaten Hartsville High School 42 -20. Could not find individual statistics for Powers. Read about the game here: http://www.thesunnews.com/940/story/1076683.html

DE A.J Scott, Robert E Lee High School:

Robert E. Lee lost to Harrisonburg 56 – 37. No individual stats for Scott but you can read about the game here: http://www.newsleader.com/article/20090919/HSSPORTS01/90918035.

WR Raheem Waiters, Riverside High School:

Beat Cabell Midland 21 – 6 thanks to Waiters two touchdowns and one interception. Several Marshall coaches were on the sidelines to watch Waiters spectacular performance. After the game Waiters had this to say. "It was tough sitting out last game. It's hard to watch your team lose. I sat out a game and was really hyped for that game and held it all in for this game. "A couple of the Marshall coaches came down and watched me. I had to put on a show. I think I bring a little bit more intensity to the team, just being out there." Read about the game here: http://sundaygazettemail.com/Sports/200909190033?page=1&build=cache

LB Trevor Black, Hargrave Military Academy:

Hargave had a game this weekend against Frostburg State University’s JV squad. Could not find any information about the contest.

Today's Marshall Sports News 9/21

From the Charleston Gazette, Marshall's Snyder gets a reprieve

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909200025

From the Charleston Gazette, Big names to the rescue

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909200022

From the Charleston Gazette, No neck surgery for Herd safety Saunders

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909200599

From the Charleston Gazette, McClellan returns to form vs. Falcons

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909200598

From the Charleston Daily Mail, McClellan's defense a force in Herd's win

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909210025?page=1&build=cache

From the Herald Dispatch, MU roundup: Marshall women's soccer suffers first loss of season

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883083459/Marshall-womens-soccer-suffers-first-loss-of-season

From the Herald Dispatch, Hanshew: Marshall's focus shifts to conference play this week

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883083457/Marshalls-focus-shifts-to-conference-play-this-week

From the Herald Dispatch, McClellan returns to form

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883083443/McClellan-returns-to-form

Friday, September 18, 2009

Opponent Watch

From the Toledo Blade, Basler off to a stellar season for Falcons

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090918/SPORTS03/909180348

From the Sentinel Tribune, Falcon Football Spotlight: 9-18

http://www.sent-trib.com/stnew/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4752:falcon-football-spotlight-9-18&catid=65:falcon-football-spotlight&Itemid=186

Today's Marshall Sports News 9/18

From the Charleston Gazette, C-USA notebook: Memphis not living up to expectations

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909170439

From the Charleston Gazette, Ruggiero comes back to state with Falcons

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909170436

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Falcon offense will take a pass

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909170407

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd defense needs a sense of urgency

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909170408

From the Herald Dispatch, Hanshew: Marshall hoping for big improvement against BG

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883081491/Marshall-hoping-for-big-improvement-against-BG

From the Herald Dispatch, Falcons figure a formidable foe
http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883081489/Falcons-formidable-after-near-upset-of-Missouri

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Opponent Watch

From the Sentinel Tribune, Falcons face tough test without Mahone

http://www.sent-trib.com/stnew/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4683:falcons-face-tough-test-without-mahone&catid=22:bgsu-sports&Itemid=40

How to Beat BGSU

For the first time since Marshall left for Conference USA a MAC opponent is visiting Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Saturday’s game against Bowling Green kicks off at 7pm as the Herd attempts to improve on last weeks loss.

So how do you beat BGSU? As coach Snyder said in his weekly press conference Bowling Green runs an offense Marshall should be accustomed to.

“ I do, I do. I absolutely do. They are very Conference USA like, on the west side” said Snyder.

Since the Herd have not played a C-USA West team this season lets review Marshall’s games from last year. During three games versus west opponents Marshall beat Houston 37 – 23, lost to Rice 35 – 10, and lost to Tulsa 38 – 35.

Lets review the Houston game, which was Marshall only win over a C-USA west opponent. Both teams exchanged punts before Craig Ratanmorrn scored on a 28 yard field goal with 5 minutes left in the first. Following another exchange of punts Marshall went on a scoring drive which culminated in a Mark Cann touchdown pass just as the second quarter began. Ratanmorn connected on two more field goals before half time and Marshall entered the third with a 16 - 3 lead. Marshall’s biggest play of the game came as Houston was looking to score on first and goal from MU’s one yard line. Houston running back Bryce Beal fumbled to Maurice Kitchens who returned the ball to Marshall’s one yard line. Due to a Brandon Burns penalty Marshall started there drive on Houston’s 32 but quickly scored on another Cann pass. By then Marshall had a 23 – 3 lead and cruised to a 37 – 23 victory.

What can we learn from the Houston game about beating Bowling Green? First Marshall must score early and often. Taking the momentum at home is huge, Marshall scored 13 points before Houston got on the board and entered half time with a 16 – 3 lead. The Herd has to run the ball. Against a pass happy offense like Bowling Green time of possession is very important. During the Houston game Marshall had a plus 13 minute time of possession advantage. Marshall accomplished this by racking up nearly 250 yards on the ground. The Herds last key to victory is cause turnovers. It does not need to be dramatic as Kitchens run back or DeQuan Bembry’s end zone interception last week but turnovers are needed.

If Marshall can follow the foot prints of last seasons victory against Houston (arguably Snyder’s most impressive win as head coach) the Herd should be able to beat Bowling Green. Just make sure to keep the band carts way out of play this time!

Today's Marshall Sports News 9/17

From the Charleston Gazette, After holding its own against Hokies, O-line prepares for BG

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909160409

From the Charleston Gazette, He's got a read on the Herd

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909160416

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Decisions to be made with Hokies vs. Herd

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909160387?page=1&build=cache

From the Charleston Daily Mail, MU's Dobson has to be quick learner

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909160386?page=1&build=cache

From the Herald Dispatch, Wrestling hall picks Sparks

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x883080885/Wrestling-hall-picks-Sparks

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall in the NFL

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883080879/No-Headline

From the Herald Dispatch, Hanshew: Expect Bowling Green to join latest 'Wildcat' trend

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883080877/Expect-Bowling-Green-to-join-latest-Wildcat-trend

From the Herald Dispatch, Landon: Slate is great, but only if QB finds him

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883080849/Slate-is-great-but-only-if-QB-finds-him

From the Herald Dispatch, Morrison on BGSU sideline

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883080875/Morrison-at-BGSU

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Opponent Watch

From the Toledo Blade, BGSU's Mahone suspended

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090915/SPORTS03/909159949/-1/SPORTS02

From the Toledo Blade, BGSU coaches expect big things from Barnes

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090911/SPORTS03/909110374

Today's Marshall Sports News 9/16

From the Charleston Gazette, BG laments late-game sputtering

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909140380

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd notebook: Defense main focus this week for Herd

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909150372

From the Charleston Gazette, Respect for BG offense

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909150375

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Mark Snyder press conference about Bowling Green

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909160007

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Offensive line a bright spot for Herd

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909160024

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Houston enjoying return to top 25

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/ConfrenceUSASporta/200909150396

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Huckaby boys honor father with their music

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883080303/Huckaby-boys-honor-father-with-their-music

From the Herald Dispatch, Women's basketball schedule finalized for 2009-10 season

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883080337/Womens-basketball-schedule-finalized-for-2009-10-season

From the Herald Dispatch, MU soccer team beats Ohio Valley

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883080335/Mens-soccer-team-beats-Ohio-Valley

From the Herald Dispatch, Anthony Hanshew: Marshall football returns to local television

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883080333/Marshall-football-returns-to-local-television

From the Herald Dispatch, Back with the MAC

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883080331/Back-with-the-MAC

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Opponent Watch

From the Sentinel Tribune, Falcons face a more traditional offense

http://www.sent-trib.com/stnew/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4572:falcons-face-a-more-traditional-offense&catid=22:bgsu-sports&Itemid=40

From the Sentinel Tribune, Falcons find some positives in loss at Missouri

http://www.sent-trib.com/stnew/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4511:falcons-find-some-positives-in-loss-at-missouri&catid=22:bgsu-sports&Itemid=40

From ESPN.com, BGSU's Clawson pleased with effort, disappointed with result

http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/7057/bgsus-clawson-pleased-with-effort-disappointed-with-result

Marshall in the NFL Week 1

Doug Legursky, C, Pittsburgh Steelers

Was the first interior lineman off the bench during Pittsburgh’s 13 – 10 over time win over Tennessee.

Randy Moss, WR, New England Patriots

Lead all receivers in New England’s win over Buffalo with 12 catches for 141 yards.

Chris Hanson, P, New England Patriots

Had 1 punt for 42 yards during New England’s 25 – 24 win over Buffalo.

Chris Massey, LS, St. Louis Rams

Started at long snapper during the Rams 28 – 0 loss to Seattle.

Chris Crocker, S, Cincinnati Bengals

Registered two tackles, one assist, and a pass defended during Cincinnati’s last second loss to Denver. Crocker was on the field during Denver’s now famous reception where Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley caught a tipped pass as time expired for a 65 yard winning touchdown. During the play both Crocker and fellow safety Roy Williams tackled Brandon Marshall while Stokley caught the tipped ball.

Byron Leftwich, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Threw for 276 yards on 41 attempts and 25 completions during Tampa Bay’s 34 – 21 loss to Dallas. Leftwich tossed one touchdown to no interceptions, he also rushed for 3 yards.

C.J Spillman, S, San Diego Chargers

Was inactive for San Diego’s 24 – 20 win over Oakland.

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants

Lead all Giants rushers with 60 yards on 12 carries during the Giants 23 – 17 win over Washington. Also had three receptions for 11 yards.

Chad Pennington, QB, Miami Dolphins

Completed 21 of 29 passes for 176 yards with one touchdown and one interception during Miami’s 19-7 loss to Atlanta.

Today's Marshall Sports News 9/15

From the Charleston Gazette, BG laments late-game sputtering

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909140380

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Bembry savors interception highlight

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909140405

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd women set for tough basketball slate

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallBasketball/200909150010

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall moving on after forgettable performance

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909140400

From the Herald Dispatch, Landon: Hamrick says no to moving site of 2011 VT game

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x883079705/Hamrick-says-no-to-moving-site-of-2011-VT-game

From the Herald Dispatch, Hanshew: In college football, there is always next week

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x883079725/In-college-football-there-is-always-next-week

From the Herald Dispatch, Brown named to Pats 50th Anniversary Team

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x883079699/Brown-named-to-Pats-50th-Anniversary-Team

From the Herald Dispatch, Respecting the Falcons

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x883079723/Respecting-the-Falcons

Monday, September 14, 2009

Verbal Commitment Update

DE/TE Jamie Onufrak, Out Door Academy Sarasota Florida:

The Out Door Academy Thunder stepped up in competition this past Friday night and lost to Sarasota County 30 – 8. Could not find any stats for Onufrak. Read about the game here: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20090912/ARTICLE/309129995/2050/SPORTS?Title=Mooney-overpowers-ODA

TE/LS James Powers, Myrtle Beach High School:

Beat Dillon High School 55 – 27, could not find a game write up. I did locate a picture gallery from the game, follow the link to review: http://www.dillon2.k12.sc.us/football/football2009/wildcatgamemb.html

DE A.J Scott, Robert E Lee High School:

Robert E. Lee squeaked out a victory over rival Stuarts Draft 29 – 28. Down 7 Stuarts draft scored a touchdown as time expired and elected to go for two which they did not convert. From A.J Scott “The last play was tough,” We had to come down with a stop. And that’s what it took. I saw D.J. sweeping to the outside and I fought off the block. I put pressure of the running back and our linebackers made the play.” Read about the game here: http://www.newsleader.com/article/20090912/HSSPORTS01/909120323/Robert-E.-Lee-escapes-Stuarts-Draft, photo gallery here: http://www.newsleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Site=AA&Date=20090911&Category=PHOTOGALLERIES&ArtNo=909110802&Ref=PH

WR Rasheem Waiters, Riverside High School:

Sat out Riversides 17 – 6 loss to Woodrow Wilson with a shoulder injury, read about the game here: http://wvgazette.com/Sports/200909120005

LB Trevor Black, Hargrave Military Academy:

Hargrave travel up to Annapolis MD to play the Navy junior varsity team and won 18 – 13. Read about the game here: http://www.hargrave.edu/athletics/schedule_event_popup.php?sevent_id=2031&season_id=150&category_id=18&

My Two Cents

I have done a good job these past three months keeping this blog news based, not an arena to run my mouth. After our Herds drubbing at Virginia Tech there seems to be a portion of the fan base that is very upset. There have been a lot of negative opinions thrown around various message boards, some even suggesting coach Mark Snyder being fired mid-season. Although I am not happy with the loss I think we need all need to take a step back and look forward to next week instead of dwelling on the past.

Before I go into my assessment of the past week and the week to follow I need to introduce my self. I grew up in northern Virginia and only became a Herd fan when I started to attend Marshall in 2003. During my four years on campus I fully emerged my self in Marshall athletics, attending every football game and most basketball games. After graduation I followed Marshall from afar in Arizona but now reside in D.C. The day after Mike Hamrick got named athletic director I became a Big Green member.

Any way, I was at the Virginia Tech game this past Saturday. Before game time I did not expect to win but was anticipating a good showing. Unfortunately as the game progressed it became clear it was not Marshall’s day. With the long drive home in front of us my fiancĂ© and I exited with a few minutes left in the third quarter. Although I was upset we got beat so badly I figure they were VT and we are Marshall, the Hokies just have a different class of athlete. Upon my arrival back in northern Virginia I turned my computer to herdnation.com and was surprised by the amount of angry fans. After reading a few post I started to understand my fellow fans anger, we simply did not come to play and got killed. What I could not understand is the irrational thinking that thinking that this season is lost. Let me present a few facts to put this loss in perspective.

Although former coach Bob Pruett lead Marshall to a victory over Kansas State he did have a few stinkers against BCS opponents including VT. During the 2002 football season Pruett took the Herd into Lane Stadium and lost 47 – 21. The year before Marshall visited Florida in Gainesville and got killed 49-14. No one is going to argue that the 2001 and 2002 versions of the Herd are worse than this years inception. Turning our attention back to VT we have not played a competitive game against them in a long time, in 2005 we lost 41 – 14. I think it is fair to say our expectations were a little high heading into Blacksburg. Seeing Tech struggle the week before gave me some passing thoughts of a Herd upset but reality set in quickly on game day. Virginia Tech has a different class of athlete. Watching the game live you could see how much faster they were. The closing speed of VT’s linebackers and corners was astonishing compared to last weeks opponent Southern Illinois. That’s not to say Marshall did not have there chances on Saturday. There were a few key plays that if Marshall would have hit we could be talking about a different outcome.

After Bembry’s huge end zone interception Marshall had a chance to take the momentum. Instead the Herd gained two yards on three plays and had to punt. On that possession QB Brian Anderson had Chuck Walker wide open twice but could not take advantage. On the Herds second down attempt Walker was streaking down midfield but Anderson’s pass was over his head. It appeared that Marshall ran the same play on third down but Walker could not haul in a Anderson pass near the fifty yard line. On Virginia Tech’s ensuing possession they scored on a 57 yard run and our fate was sealed. Two incomplete passes might not sound like a lot but when playing a opponent like VT you can not afford to miss your opportunities. Who knows what happens if we complete one of those passes. It would be full hearty to say we win but I think it is fair to say the outcome would have been a bit different.

Next week is a huge. As you might recall our last game against Bowling Green did not go well, the Herd got embarrassed 56 – 35 at BGSU in 2004. Bowling Green has played quality football under new coach Dave Clawson, beating Troy easily in week one and almost upsetting Missouri last Saturday. A win against Bowling Green proves Marshall is moving in the right direction. By the time we left the MAC after 2004 BGSU had a better football program. Something that seemed impossible when Marshall joined the league in 1997. If coach Snyder can get a win on Saturday it sets us up with momentum heading into conference play. A loss could kill moral and our season might tail spin.

Either way I don’t think last weeks loss makes or breaks our season. I am looking forward to visiting the Joan this Saturday and rooting the Herd onto victory.

Today's Marshall Sports News 9/14

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd can't afford loss to Falcons

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909130364

From the Charleston Daily Mail, herd looking to fix its ways

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/200909130381

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Now is sink or swim time for Marshall

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909130380

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall players look ahead to Bowling Green game

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883079381/Marshall-players-look-ahead-to-Bowling-Green-game

From the Herald Dispatch, Women's golf places second at Lady Bison Fall Classic

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883079383/Womens-golf-places-second-at-Lady-Bison-Fall-Classic

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall women's soccer beats Ohio Bobcats for first time

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883079385/Marshall-womens-soccer-beats-Ohio-Bobcats-for-first-time

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd moving on from Blacksburg

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x883079379/Herd-moving-on-from-Blacksburg

From the Herald Dispatch, Letter to the Editor: Marshall courteous to opposition's fans

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x883079389/No-Headline



Friday, September 11, 2009

Hokie All-American Who Died in 1970 Plane Crash to Be Honored

By Mark Viera
Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, September 12, 2009

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- On the Marshall University campus, there are lasting reminders of the 1970 plane crash that took the lives of 75 people, most of them Marshall players, coaches and fans. There are plaques in the student center and outside the football stadium. In the center of campus, there is a memorial fountain where a service is held each year. A downtown restaurant has a room dedicated to the team, with pictures of the players and coaches.
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On the Virginia Tech campus, there will be more signs of remembrance Saturday when the Thundering Herd (1-0) takes on No. 14 Virginia Tech (0-1) at Lane Stadium. The Hokies will wear helmets with a throwback logo that are replicas of the kind worn when Frank Loria was an all-American safety at Virginia Tech in the 1960s. In 1970, Loria was a member of Marshall's coaching staff and died in the crash.

Loria "was a great football player and a great person, a real leader," said Hokies Coach Frank Beamer, who played alongside Loria at Virginia Tech. "He didn't talk much but when he did, you listened to him. I thought he was on his way to be a great coach."

On the field, both teams will be looking to reassert themselves after stumbling out of the gate. In a 34-24 loss to Alabama last Saturday, Virginia Tech squandered an opportunity to stake its spot in the national title picture and sputtered on offense. The Thundering Herd, meanwhile, scraped out a 31-28 win over Southern Illinois, a nationally ranked division I-AA opponent.
Regardless of the outcome, Marshall will feel a warm welcome to Blacksburg as the Hokies honor Loria and those who died in the crash.

"I think it will mean a lot to our fans," Marshall Coach Mark Snyder said, adding, "I think this a great thing Virginia Tech is doing."

The gesture links two universities that have been touched by tragedies. The resonance of the crash at Marshall mirrors the effect the 2007 shooting has had on Virginia Tech. On Virginia Tech's campus, there is a memorial outside the Burruss Hall administration building, and there have been candlelight vigils each year to commemorate the April 16 anniversary. Commemorative ribbons are still frequently seen around Blacksburg.

"Remembrance of what transpired a couple of years ago is now part of our culture," Ishwar K. Puri, a professor and department head of engineering science and mechanics at Virginia Tech, said in August after the off-campus shooting death of two students again shook the community. "The culture is kept alive by alumni, faculty members and staff members. There's a significant portion of them who have not forgotten."

Although a similar culture of remembrance has not subsided at Marshall in almost 40 years since the crash, the school's football identity recently has been tied to its high-profile career placement. Near the football coaches' offices here, there are framed NFL jerseys bearing names such as Moss, Pennington and Leftwich hanging on the walls. But it took the 2006 movie "We Are Marshall," about the crash and its aftermath, to spotlight the incident for a younger generation.

On Nov. 14, 1970, after the Thundering Herd's 17-14 loss at East Carolina, the team-chartered airplane crashed just minutes from the Tri-State Airport near Huntington. At the scene of the accident, West Virginia Gov. Arch A. Moore Jr. reportedly called it "a tragedy of the highest degree."

Loria was the first Virginia Tech player to be named first-team all-American in back-to-back seasons, in 1966 and 1967. He was later selected as a charter member of the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame. Loria joined the Marshall coaching staff in 1969 under former Virginia Tech player Rick Tolley. When Loria died in 1970, he was survived by his pregnant wife, Vickie, and two young daughters who barely knew him.

"It means the world to us they still remember our dad," his son, Frank Jr., who was born a month and a half after the crash, said of Virginia Tech's gesture. "Even though we're outsiders, for us to be a part of the team, it means everything to us. We didn't know him, but this is one of the things we get to know him by."

Virginia Tech is 7-2 against Marshall, winning each of the last five meetings. But before kickoff, that football history will matter little. On Saturday, as the Hokies honor Loria, the kindred spirits of two universities that have been afflicted by catastrophe will be united.

As the teams take the field, Frank Loria Jr. said he would be thinking about the Virginia Tech families that lost loved ones in the 2007 shooting and hoping they were able to use the tragedy to strengthen their lives. He said he would also be thinking members of "my Marshall family" who have lived in dedication to those who died in the crash.

"I will probably have a few tears," he said, "but also a big smile."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2009/09/11/ST2009091102326.html

Opponent Watch


From ESPN.com, Virginia Tech to honor former great Loria vs. Marshall

http://espn.go.com/blog/acc/post/_/id/3327/virginia-tech-to-honor-former-great-loria-vs-marshall

From the Lynchburg News Advance, Fast does not begin to describe Va. Tech’s Dyrell Roberts

http://www2.newsadvance.com/lna/sports/college/virginia_tech/article/fast_does_not_begin_to_describe_va._techs_dyrell_roberts/19384/

From Gobblercountry.com, 2009 Virginia Tech Football: What to Watch vs. Marshall

http://www.gobblercountry.com/2009/9/10/1023236/2009-virginia-tech-football-what

From the Washington Post, Known as Returner, Roberts Growing as Receiver

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/hokies-journal/2009/09/known_as_returner_roberts_grow.html#more

From the Washington Post, Marshall’s Mixed Defensive Fronts

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/hokies-journal/2009/09/marshalls_mixed_defensive_fron.html

Today's Marshall Sports News 9/11

From the West Virginia Gazette, 'BeamerBall' alive and well for Hokies

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909100388

From the West Virginia Gazette, C-USA notebook: UAB gets jump on league schedule

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909100399

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd defense needs to rise up

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909100297

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Tech's Taylor much like Pat White

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909100300

From the Herald Dispatch, Anthony Hanshew: Snyder saw Walker's breakout game coming

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x265527444/Snyder-saw-Walkers-breakout-game-coming

From the Herald Dispatch, Undefeated volleyball team travels

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x265527446/Undefeated-volleyball-team-travels

From the Herald Dispatch, Thunder Notes

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x265527466/No-Headline

From the Herald Dispatch, Rick McCann: Jones fills staff opening

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x1273613271/Rick-McCann-Jones-fills-staff-opening

From the Herald Dispatch, Edwards-Maye returns to backup role

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x265527442/Edwards-Maye-returns-to-backup-role

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Marshall Excited About Opportunity to Play Hokies

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/hokies-journal/2009/09/marshalls_opportunity_against.html

In the weeks leading up to Virginia Tech’s game against Alabama last Saturday, there was a buzz about the Hokies' opportunity to knock off a ranked opponent and make a statement about the program. Now it's Marshall’s turn.

The Thundering Herd (1-0) takes on No. 14 Virginia Tech (0-1) at Lane Stadium on Saturday.
Marshall Coach Mark Snyder said playing the Hokies was a “monumental task. They’re a good football team. Very fast, very physical. We’re going to have to play a perfect game.”
While Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer has said his team needed to be "right in all areas," he said the Thundering Herd will not go lightly. "I think they're pretty capable," Beamer said Tuesday at his weekly news conference.

Marshall won two division I-AA national titles, in 1992 and 1996, and five Mid-American Conference titles after joining division I-A in 1997. But the Thundering Herd, now a member of Conference USA, has not had a winning season since 2003. Its most recent win over a ranked team came during that season, when it defeated No. 6 Kansas State, 27-20, in Huntington, W.Va.
Last Saturday, Marshall scraped out a 31-28 win over Southern Illinois, a nationally ranked division I-AA team. But Virginia Tech represents the biggest opportunity – and challenge – on the Thundering Herd’s schedule. A win would add a shot of vitality to the program and perhaps help it start to pull itself up.

“We’re very excited,” strong safety Ashton Hall said. “It’s a real big game for us. It’s always a big game when you’re playing a bigger school with a bigger prestige.”
As the game has approached, it has become a bigger topic of discussion. At the coach’s quarterback club meeting – $12 for lunch and an opportunity to ask him a question – fans wanted to know about the Hokies, their speed and their impact players. At practice on Thursday, speakers will be turned on to simulate the crowd noise sure to greet the team in Blacksburg.

Downtown at the Marshall Hall of Fame Cafe, servers said they were expecting a packed crowd to watch the game on television. In front of the student center, members of the Marshall Maniacs fan group were selling green T-shirts and asking if students were heading to Blacksburg.

“I think those of us excited about athletics are pumped about this game,” said Samantha Turley, 18, a junior from Jacksonville, Fla., and the co-vice president and communications coordinator of the Marshall Maniacs. “I’m excited to see a lot of Marshall fans there – at least I’m hoping to.”
As of Wednesday, the Marshall Maniacs had sold 49 student tickets for the away game. Although some students said they heard talk about the Virginia Tech game, others said they were not too excited for a match up against a ranked opponent.

“I think we’re going to get stomped, honestly,” said Trenton Davis, 21, a junior from Huntington, W.Va. “We looked pretty sad last weekend.”

Today's Marshall Sports News 9/10

From the Charleston Gazette, Slate named week's top tight end

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909090417

From the Charleston Gazette, Double trouble

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909090418

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Return of Bembry, Marshall will help Herd

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909090360

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Jacobs will have fans at Virginia Tech

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909090365

From the Charleston Daily Mail, UC-State football should be regular season finale

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/JackBogaczyk/200909090359?page=1&build=cache

From the Herald Dispatch, Anthony Hanshew: Snyder saw some good, some bad in Southern Illinois game

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x265526904/Snyder-saw-some-good-some-bad-in-Southern-Illinois-game

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Taylor will be tough catch for the Herd

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x265526896/Taylor-will-be-tough-catch-for-the-Herd

From the Herald Dispatch, Thunder Notes

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x265526920/No-Headline

From the Herald Dispatch, Volleyball now 9-0

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x265526908/Volleyball-now-9-0

From the Herald Dispatch, McClellan showing 2006 form

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x265526902/With-five-tackles-in-opener-Albert-is-ready-to-rumble

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Opponent Watch

From the Washington Post, Balancing Time in the Backfield

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/hokies-journal/2009/09/balancing_time_in_the_backfiel.html#more

From the Washington Post, Notebook: Hokies Thinking Offensive

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/hokies-journal/2009/09/notebook_hokies_thinking_offen.html#more

From the Washington Post, Talking (Wild) Turkey

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/hokies-journal/2009/09/talking_turkey.html#more

From the Beckley Register Herald, Va. Tech freshman Wilson honored to represent USA

http://www.register-herald.com/sports/local_story_251233241.html?keyword=topstory

From the Lynchburg News Advance, Tech still has big plans for Wilson this season

http://www2.newsadvance.com/lna/sports/college/article/tech_still_has_big_plans_for_wilson_this_season/19284/

Today's Marshall Sports News 9/9

From the Charleston Gazette, Lane Stadium can be nightmare for visitors

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909080312

From the Charleston Gazette, Back in good graces

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909080330

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Lane Stadium crowd won't welcome Herd

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/200909090005

From the Charleston Daily Mail, BeamerBall not so different from SnyderBall

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/200909090008

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Two coaches, one story: Snyder, Beamer have similar tales about first major jobs

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/JackBogaczyk/200909090030

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Big Green schedules tailgate event

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909090018

From the Herald Dispatch, MU roundup: Balanced attack leads Marshall past N. Carolina A&T

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x265526344/Balanced-attack-leads-Marshall-past-N-Carolina-A-T

From the Herald Dispatch, Defense shifts focus to third downs

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x265526340/Herd-defense-shifts-focus-to-third-downs

From the Herald Dispatch, Anthony Hanshew: Full roster will aid upset effort

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x265526342/Full-roster-will-aid-upset-effort

From the Herald Dispatch, VT's Tyrod Taylor a real handful

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1408881302/VTs-Tyrod-Taylor-a-real-handful

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: John Jacobs' homecoming

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1273613119/Chuck-Landon-John-Jacobs-homecoming

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Opponent Watch


From the Washington Post, Hokies' Bowden Named Captain, Just for Kicks

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/08/AR2009090801839.html

From the Richmond Times Dispatch, Virginia Tech notes: Few carries for QB Taylor

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/sports/college/college_football/article/TECH08_20090907-220010/291313/

From the Richmond Times Dispatch, Opening-game errors costly for Hokies

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/sports/college/college_football/article/TECH07_20090906-214204/291151/

From the Washington Post, Notebook: Regrouping After a Loss

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/sports/college/college_football/article/TECH07_20090906-214204/291151/

Verbal Commitment Update

DE/TE Jamie Onufrak, Out Door Academy Sarasota Florida:

The Out Door Academy beat Twin Lake Park 37 – 7 Friday September 5th. Onufrak had a fourteen yard touchdown catch. Read about the game here: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20090905/ARTICLE/309059989/2050/SPORTS?Title=Strong-powers

TE/LS James Powers, Myrtle Beach High School:

Lost to nationally ranked and South Carolina’s best prep football team Byrnes High School 65 – 14. Could not find any thing about Powers performance. Read about the game here: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20090905/ARTICLE/309059989/2050/SPORTS?Title=Strong-powers

DE A.J Scott, Robert E Lee High School:

Recovered a fumble in Robert E Lee’s 29 – 0 victory over Charlottesville. Read about the game here:http://www.newsleader.com/article/20090905/HSSPORTS01/90904022/1006/SPORTS/Robert-E.-Lee-smashes-Charlottesville

WR Rasheem Waiters, Riverside High School:

Scored on a fourteen yard reverse in Riverside’s 40 – 14 win over St. Albans. Waiters picked up 55 yards on the ground for a Warriors team that rushed for 346. Read about the game here: http://wvgazette.com/Sports/200909050008

LB Trevor Black, Hargrave Military Academy

Black was a member of the 2008 recruiting class but did not have the grades to qualify. He is spending his prop year at Hargrave Military Academy. Hargrave lost it’s opener to the University of South Alabama 30-13. Read about the game here: http://blog.al.com/press-register-sports/2009/09/jaguars_have_time_to_make_corr.html

Marshall in the NFL

Doug Legursky, C, Pittsburgh Steelers

After a year on the practice squad Legursky made the Steelers 53 man roster. He will be the first guard or center off the bench in Pittsburgh. Steelers guard Max Starks had this to say about Legursky “We have to at least rely on one good thing -- having Doug Legursky as a backup, starting two games with us, kind of gives us a comfort level," said Starks, who started the final 14 games (including postseason) at left tackle because of an injury to Marvel Smith and begins his sixth NFL season as the team's highest-paid offensive lineman. "He knows what he's doing. If he had to come in, he'd still be an asset for us. You always like to have all experienced guys together, but that's the nature of this business. Injuries happen to all of us." http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09246/995239-66.stm

Randy Moss, WR, New England Patriots

Did not catch a pass in New England’s last preseason game.

Chris Hanson, P, New England Patriots

Had 5 punts for an average of 45.4 yards, put two kicks inside the twenty during New England's last preseason game.

Chris Massey, LS, St. Louis Rams

No news is good news for the Rams long snapper. Was the only long snapper Rams camp and
made their 53 man roster.

Chris Crocker, S, Cincinnati Bengals

Did not register a tackle in the Bengals 38 – 7 win over Indianapolis. Crocker looks set to start along Roy Williams when the Bengals host Denver for this Sundays home opener.

Jason Raider, TE, Atlanta Falcons

Cut by the Falcons after he caught 2 passes for 9 yards in Atlanta’s last preseason game against Baltimore.

Byron Leftwich, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Was named the starter in Tampa Bay, did not play in the Bucs last preseason game.

C.J Spillman, S, San Diego Chargers

Had a big play in the Chargers 26 – 7 win over San Francisco. With San Francisco threatening to score late in the fourth quarter Spillman intercepted a pass in his own end zone and returned it 56 yards. Spillman was San Diego’s only undrafted free agent to make the 53 man roster.

John Wade, C, Oakland Raiders

After not being able to practice for a few weeks during training camp Wade was cut by the Raiders. He is now a free agent.

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants

Ran for 31 yards on 9 carries during the Giants 38 – 27 loss to New England.

Chad Pennington, QB, Miami Dolphins

Completed 8 of 11 passes for 57 yards during Miami’s 10-7 win over New Orleans.

Today's Marshall Sports News 9/8

From the Charleston Gazette, Singing the 2-minute blues

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909070226

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Receiver Chuck Walker following Herd stars' footsteps

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909070256

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Schofield got a victory of his own

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/200909070031

From the Herald Dispatch, Defense needs to 'rise up' to perform against Hokies

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x265525332/Room-to-improve

From the Herald Dispatch, THUNDER NOTES

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x265525892/THUNDER-NOTES

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd learns from mistakes, prepares for Virginia Tech

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x265525844/Herd-learns-from-mistakes-prepares-for-Virginia-Tech

From the Herald Dispatch, Hanshew: Monday morning gives Snyder perspective on win

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x265525846/Monday-morning-gives-Snyder-perspective-on-win

From the Herald Dispatch, Landon: Snyder says speed is key against Hokies

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x265525836/Synder-says-speed-is-key-against-Virginia-Tech

Friday, September 4, 2009

Opponent Watch

Salukis look to steal marshall's thunder
SIU opens against FBS school for the first time since 1989

By Ryan Voyles
Published: Thursday, September 3, 2009

SIU head football coach Dale Lennon said he does not care where the Salukis open their season or who they are playing — they’re ready.

“I don’t mind being on the road — I don’t mind playing a (Football Bowl Subdivision) team,”

Lennon said. “Our whole intention is to put our best game forward. We’re going down there with the intention that we have the ability to win.”

The Salukis will travel to Huntington, W.Va., Saturday to face the Marshall Thundering Herd of the FBS Conference USA. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Lennon said Marshall would be a great test to open the season.
“(There’s) a lot of football history there, just the idea of playing Marshall in the first game is exciting,” Lennon said. “But we need to stay focused on the game and not let the hype catch up to us.”

If the Salukis can make history repeat itself, they could leave Marshall victorious.
SIU has won two of their last three games against FBS teams, with wins against Indiana and Northern Illinois. Marshall bounced back from its 48-35 loss at home in 2007 to Football Championship Subdivision’s New Hampshire by pounding Saluki conference foe Illinois State 35-10 last season. Marshall head coach Mark Snyder said he knows not to overlook the lower division teams.

“The disparity between us and them has almost completely disappeared now,” Snyder said. “You cannot look at these teams anymore and expect a victory.”

The Salukis are relying on their returning starters to continue last season’s success.Junior quarterback Chris Dieker comes back to build on his successful sophomore season.
Dieker passed for 2,082 yards and 16 touchdowns as he led the Salukis to a 9-3 record. Lennon said Dieker would have more control of the offense this season because of his experience in the offensive scheme.

While Dieker has found a home under center, the Salukis go into the season with a wide-open backfield. Junior running back Richard White returned to practice this week after a turf toe injury sidelined him last week. White and redshirt senior Deji Karim are expected to get the most touches out of the backfield.

Despite the experienced offense, it is SIU’s defense that caught Snyder’s attention.
Snyder said Marshall must find way to stop the speed of the Saluki defense, which includes cornerback Korey Lindsey and linebackers Brandin Jordan and Chauncey Mixon. Jordan said the team is looking at Marshall as just another challenge.
“Any team that we’re scheduled up against this season, we definitely have a chance at beating them,” Jordan said. “We’re just going to use this as a stepping stone, and hopefully knock these guys off and keep it going smooth from there.”

Update From Yesterday

Yesterday I posted about Marshall’s connections to Thursdays college football kickoff (http://marshallthunderingblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/kickoff-night-marshall-connections.html). Figured it might be a good idea to follow up on the action.

Ball State coach Stan Parish had a rough outing in Muncie as the Cardinals fell to North Texas 20 – 10. With former star quarterback Nate Davis in the NFL Ball State had a difficult time moving the ball. Hopefully for all of us Parish fans the head coach can turn things around. Ball State gets former Marshall opponent New Hampshire next week.

Marshall’s September 19th opponent Bowling Green bowled (yeah I know that was bad) over Troy state at home last night 34 – 17. Falcons coach Dave Clawson got his first win at BGSU while quarterback Tyler Sheehan threw for 339 yards on 32 completions and two touchdowns. Bowling Green heads to Missouri next week before taking on the Herd.

Today's Marshall Sports News 9/4

From the Charleston Gazette, For SIU's Jordan, football is in the genes

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200909030991

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Southern Illinois' reputation precedes it

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/200909030976

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd back has new name, new role

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/200909030973

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Mountaineers, Herd to prosper with easier schedules

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/JackBogaczyk/200909011052

From the Herald Dispatch, Hanshew: McClellan and Slate lead the Herd

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x265523701/Herds-standout-leaders-McClellan-and-Slate

From the Herald Dispatch, Women's soccer team hosts Winthrop

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x265523705/Womens-soccer-team-hosts-Winthrop

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall will wear green helmets

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x265523703/Marshall-is-going-green

From the Herald Dispatch, Thundering Herd Notebook

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x265523715/No-Headline

From the Herald Dispatch, Landon: Herd has two special fans on Saturday

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x265523685/Herd-has-two-special-fans-on-Saturday

From the Herald Dispatch, Anderson takes over at QB

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x265523699/All-Anderson-now

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Marshall on the NFL Bubble

Two Marshall alumni are on the "bubble" for there respected NFL teams. Bubble players include San Diego safety C.J Spillman and Atlanta Falcons tight end Jason Rader. Below I have posted an update on each of these former Marshall football stars:

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune had this to say about Spillman's chances of making the Chargers 53 man roster "Safeties Kevin Ellison, Steve Gregory, Clinton Hart, Paul Oliver, Eric Weddle. Ellison has earned the spot, and he was a draft pick. C.J. Spillman is on the PS.
http://www3.signonsandiego.com/weblogs/chargers/2009/sep/03/final-53/?chargers

After cutting Ben Hartsock Atlanta is left with Jason Rader and Keith Zinger battling for the third tight end spot. Coach Mike Smith had this to say about the situation " “I think that the other two guys that are still on our roster are viable options,” Smith said. “It’s going to be very important for both of those guys ... to perform well in the game this week.” http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/falcons-release-three-players-128749.html
In the Falcons final pre-season game Thursday night Rader caught two passes for 9 yards while Zinger caught two passes for 19 yards.

Opponent Watch

Caught a few articles from enemy lines, feel free to read.

From the Daily Egyptian, Eye on the enemy: Marshall not looking past Salukis

http://www.siude.com/sports/eye-on-the-enemy-marshall-not-looking-past-salukis-1.1863728

From the Daily Egyptian, Linebackers Bond on, off, Field

http://www.siude.com/sports/linebackers-bond-on-off-field-1.1852123

From the Register-Herald, Coach excited to play Marshall

http://www.register-herald.com/sports/local_story_245234826.html?keyword=secondarystory

From TheSouthern.com, Point Taken: Dougherty still a reliable weapon for Saluki offense

http://www.thesouthern.com/articles/2009/09/02/sports/29346626.txt

From TheSouthern.com, White returns to practice field for SIU

http://www.thesouthern.com/salukimania/