Friday, August 9, 2013

Marshall Football: Practice Report 8/8/13

Six new assistant coaches are going through their first preseason camp with the Thundering Herd this August. Derek Redd of the Charleston Daily Mail spoke with head coach Doc Holliday about the new faces coming together as a staff.

Out of all the new assistants only strength and conditioning coach Scott Sinclair could work with the players this summer. Sinclair dramatically changed the way Marshall worked out, moving away from machines and focusing on free weights and Olympic type movements instead.

Out on the field, the Herds linebackers have shown tremendous depth according to the Charleston Gazette’s Doug Smock. Linebackers coach Adam Fuller will have four separate personnel groups at his disposal Friday afternoon when the entire team gathers to practice together for the first time.

The defensive line also has improved depth writes WV Metro News reporter Dave Wilson. One name to watch out for is defensive end Arnold Blackmon. The junior college transfer has impressed defensive line coach Sean Cronin during the opening days of camp.

Besides practicing as one team, the players will also don full pads for the first time Friday afternoon. Grant Traylor of the Huntington Herald Dispatch caught up with senior offensive lineman Garrett Scott who is looking forward to his last, first full practice.

We also have two injuries items from yesterday, running back Kevin Grooms and corner back Keith Baxter were both seen in walking boots during the afternoon practice session. Holliday indicated that neither injury is serious and he expects both players to be ok. Wide receiver Tommy Shuler (recovering for offseason surgery) and Davonte Allen worked on the sidelines and did not participate in team drills.

Not practice related but an interesting note nonetheless, Marshall will replace the playing surface at Joan C. Edwards Stadium before the 2014 football season. AstroTurf’s GameDay Grass, which has been installed at the new soccer complex, will also occupy the football field. 

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