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Steele calls Herd 'most-improved'

May. 26, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Phil Steele's College Football Preview is high on the Marshall Thundering Herd.

An early preview of Steele's publication on www.philsteele.com has Marshall forecast as the No. 38 team in the nation. The annual magazine hits newsstands June 18.

Steele also gave Marshall "the elite designation of my No. 1 Most Improved Team in the country."

Marshall also had 16 players on Steele's Preseason All-Conference USA team, including a league-high seven on the first team.

Phil Steele Preseason All-CUSA

First team

QB Rakeem Cato

WR Tommy Shuler

TE Gator Hoskins

C Chris Jasperse

DE Jeremiah Taylor

S D.J. Hunter

P Tyler Williams

Second team

WR Devon Smith

LB Jermaine Holmes

Third team

RB Kevin Grooms

OT Gage Niemeyer

DE Alex Bazzie

Fourth team

OG Josh Lovell

DT Brandon Sparrow

LB Kent Turene

CB Derrick Thomas

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