Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Marshall Football: The Conclusion, What Ever Happen to.....

Now that the season is officially over, we wanted to follow up on a October post about former Marshall football players that continued their playing careers at different schools.   

1) Marques Aiken, Defensive Tackle, Cincinnati

Marques Aiken appeared in all 13 of Cincinnati's games but did not record a start. For the year he tallied 24 tackles, four quarterback hurries, three tackles for loss, and a half sack. A senior, Aiken has exhausted his college eligibility. 

On a related note, Cincinnati will not retain the services of defensive line coach Fred Tate, a former Marshall assistant under Doc Holliday.

2) C.J. Crawford, Tight End, Charlotte

Playing for UNC Charlotte’s first football team since 1948, C.J. Crawford finished third on the 49ers with 31 receptions for 364 yards. He also tied for the team lead in touchdown receptions with six. 

3) A.J. Graham, Quarterback, University of Pikeville (Ky.)

He might have fallen a few rungs on the competition ladder, but A.J. Graham found a football home two hours away from Marshall in Pikeville Kentucky. Playing for the NAIA University of Pikeville Bears, Graham tossed a team high 272 pass attempts, completing 160 of them for 2,215 yards, 13 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He also added 469 rushing yards and six additional scores on the ground.  

4) James Power, Long Snapper, TCU

Simply put, James Power was one of the least used players on Marshall's roster. Part of Holliday's first recruiting class in 2010, Power did not participate in a single snap over three years.. After transferring to TCU, he claimed the Horned Frogs long snapper job. Its hard to quantify a long snappers effectiveness, but TCU did not surrender a blocked kick all season. 

5) Eddie Sullivan, Quarterback, Western Carolina

In a time share situation, Western Carolina quarterback Eddie Sullivan appeared in 11 games, starting three while throwing for 1,041 yards, five touchdowns, and eight interceptions.  

6) Travon Van, Running Back , Montana

A familiar foe of Marshall's back in the Herds 1-AA days, running back Travon Van spent his junior season with the Montana Grizzles. The teams second leading rusher, Van rumbled for 556 yards on 106 carries while scoring six touchdowns. He also caught 13 passes for 136 yards and a additional score.

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