Maryland transfer expected to join Thundering Herd
HUNTINGTON -- When Marshall University's football team takes the field Wednesday, expect a new player to make an appearance.
And, he's a player who made national headlines previously in NCAA Division I.
Former University of Maryland linebacker Shawn Petty, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound product out of Greenbelt, Md., is expected to join the Thundering Herd after finalizing his transfer paperwork from the Terrapins.
Petty played against Marshall in the 2013 Military Bowl, but didn't record any statistics.
The Class of 2012 product from Eleanor Roosevelt High School joined Maryland in fall 2012 and was expected to redshirt after serving as a scout team linebacker for much of the season.
However, the Terrapins lost all their quarterbacks because of injuries and Petty, who was listed as an athlete out of high school, took over under center. He ended up playing in four games at quarterback.
He finished the 2012 season completing 39 of 84 passes for 500 yards and six touchdowns while also rushing for another score.
In 2013, Petty moved back to his natural position at linebacker and recorded 24 tackles as a reserve for the Terrapins.
He decided to withdraw from school in the spring and was not part of the Maryland program during spring drills.
Where Petty was forced into action as a true freshman, he would be able to use a redshirt during his transfer year, thus giving him two years of eligibility with the Herd.
Petty played at the same high school as former Marshall cornerback Derrick Thomas, who graduated in 2013.
RAIN ON THEIR PARADE: Just prior to the beginning of Tuesday afternoon's practice, a torrential downpour hit the downtown Huntington area and left Joan C. Edwards Stadium pretty saturated.
The good news was practice was not delayed because the front moved through quickly. It also gave the field a much-needed shower to pack down some of the rubberized pellets that were still on the surface from the new turf being laid down in the summer.
The bad news was it made slick footballs difficult to throw and catch as well as creating a slick surface for players, who ended the practice covered in the rubber and sand materials.
HERD MOVES: Running back Assani Mudimbi changed jersey number to No. 18 from No. 35. Running back Kevin Rodriguez rejoined the team and will wear No. 35.
Jerome Dews, who started the preseason at safety, moved to linebacker at the end of last week and started this week at defensive end. Dews is a former University of Tennessee commit that was recruited to the Vols as a defensive end. He is a 6-4, 190-pound player that Marshall coach Doc Holliday said can help the defense in many ways.
Grant Traylor covers Marshall football for The Herald-Dispatch. He can be reached by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (304) 526-2860. Follow him on Twitter (@GrantTraylor).
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