While Rakeem Cato (who has bulked up to 193 pounds this offseason) and Blake Frohnapfel fill the first two spots on Marshall’s quarterback depth chart, a battle is brewing for the third position between redshirt freshman Gunnar Holcombe and freshman Kevin Anderson. Doug Smock of the Charleston Gazette writes that the Thundering Herds spilt squad practices, with Holcombe and Anderson quarterbacking the morning session, is giving both young players plenty of repetitions. Smock also spoke with offensive coordinator Bill Legg about freshman offensive lineman Tyler Combs. With senior left tackles Gage Niemeyer and Jordan Jeffries set to graduate Combs is being groomed as their potential replacement.
At the Charleston Daily Mail, Derek Redd talked with head coach Doc Holliday about Marshall’s full senior class, numbering 20 players as opposed to last season’s eight.
Looking at the defense, Huntington Herald Dispatch columnist Chuck Landon profiled linebacker Neville Hewitt, a junior college transfer that missed spring practice while finishing up class at Georgia Military College. Despite his late arrival, linebackers coach Adam Fuller has been impressed by Hewitt during the first two days of camp.
Fully recovered from a torn rotator cuff and labrum suffered this time last year, redshirt freshman A.J. Leggett spoke with HerdZone.com’s Jack Bogaczyk about adjusting to his new position at safety.