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Herd from Holliday

Nov. 14, 2013 @ 12:30 AM

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday discussed the Thundering Herd and Tulsa Golden Hurricane during his Monday news conference.

On playing on Nov. 14, the anniversary of the 1970 plane crash:

"They understand how important this football program is to the community, fan base and school because of what happened in 1970. They don't need to be reminded, but they will be."

On game captains:

"Captains this week on offense are offensive lineman Chris Jasperse and quarterback Rakeem Cato. On defense, our captains will be defensive tackle James Rouse and cornerback Monterius Lovett. They all been captains multiple times and I'm looking forward to hearing those guys talk to the team later on."

On playing a Thursday game:

"It's a quick turnaround. We had to get working right away. We have a lot of work to do from now to Thursday. We have some catching up to do to get this team ready to go play. Tulsa is a team that won in Conference USA last year and they have a lot of players that can still play. They are a very capable team and we have to make sure that we are very well prepared."

On Tulsa's 2-7 record:

"I guarantee that we will take their best shot just like we take everyone's best shot. That is just the way it is. Head coach Bill Blankenship does a tremendous job with them and they have great character kids. They have good players and I guarantee that on Thursday night they will play their heart out. They always do and that won't be any different on Thursday."

On what Tulsa has shown on tape:

"They have their same quarterback back from a year ago in Cody Green (did not play last week). They have two running backs in Trey Watts and Ja'Terian Douglas. Watts may be the best player in our league. He's a great punt returner and kick returner. We all saw what he did against us here last year on a kickoff return. He touched the ball 3 times last week against East Carolina. He is also one of their leading receivers along with being their leading rusher. He's a tremendous player and can hurt you in the kicking game. He can also do damage to you on offense. That offense isn't a whole lot different than they were a year ago."

On Marshall's defense creating turnovers on the road:

"We have to go play hard. You have to show up ready to play and play hard. That is what our defense has done and we have to make sure we do that this Thursday night."

On Marshall's players feeling good and being on a roll:

"We talked a few weeks ago about playing our best football in November and I think we are playing our best football right now. There isn't a lot of waiting around now. We are just teeing it up and going again. I think we have 18 to 19 days and three games. There has to be some urgency there and there is. I like this team. I've said all along that I like this team. I like the way they've prepared and the way they've handled themselves. They understand that they have to go play well Thursday night."

On Marshall's stable of running backs:

"Running backs coach Thomas Brown has done a tremendous job with them. He's done great coaching them with the proper steps and timing. The offense line has done a great job and the three running backs of Essray Taliaferro, Kevin Grooms and Steward Butler are pretty good. They have a good feel of what we are trying to do as far as the running game is concerned. They've done a nice job."

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