Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Marshall Football: Pro Day & Herd NFL Free Agents

Herd Free Agents
As the NFL enters free agency a number of Marshall alumni are searching for new teams. Here is a list of former Thundering Herd players who are unrestricted free agents.

1) Ahmad Bradshaw, Running Back

After leading the New York Giants in rushing for three straight seasons Ahmad Bradshaw was released in February. Since being selected in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft, Bradshaw has rushed for 4,232 yards and 35 touchdowns, all in New York. Bradshaw has spent the off season recovering from foot surgery. Potential suitors include the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers among others.

2) Doug Legursky, Guard/Center

Doug Legursky was signed as a undrafted free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007. He worked his way up from a practice squad player to part time starter on the offensive line. It is possible that Legursky could return to Pittsburgh but, he has also been tied to other teams seeking offensive line depth.

3) Byron Leftwich, Quarterback

After starting one game for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012 Byron Leftwich faces a uncertain offseason. Leftwich has served as a backup quarterback in Pittsburgh for three seasons but the Steelers signed former Toledo QB Bruce Gradkowski yesterday. With Gradkowski in the fold Leftwich's time in the Steel City could be coming to an end.

4) Randy Moss, Wide Receiver

Randy Moss returned to the NFL after a one year layoff and caught 28 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns with the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers. It is unclear what teams might be interested in the former Heisman Trophy candidates services next season.

5) Chris Crocker, Safety

A 11 year NFL veteran, Chris Crocker was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals before week four and matched his career high with three interceptions in 2012. Crocker could return to the Bengals, a franchise he has five years of experience with or hook up with a team looking for safety help like the Washington Redskins.

Pro Day
Scouts representing 22 NFL franchises arrived at Joan C. Edwards Stadium yesterday morning for Marshall's Pro Day. Seven graduating seniors, wide receiver Aaron Dobson, wide receiver Antavious Wilson, wide receiver Andre Snipes-Booker, running back Martin Ward, safeties Dominick LeGrande and Okechukwu Okoroha, and Devon Arrington participated in drills.

Dobson had a impressive performance, running the 40-yard dash in 4.40 and 4.42 seconds. The Dunbar WV., native was unable to run at the NFL Combine after pulling his hamstring while preparing for the draft in Florida.

Jack Bogaczyk of has a complete run down of yesterday's events, click here to read.

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