Hewitt lets play speak volumes
HUNTINGTON -- Call him 'Mr. Boom.'
Because that is likely all you will hear Marshall University linebacker Neville Hewitt say on the football field.
Just ask Thundering Herd cornerback Derrick Thomas, who gave him the nickname.
"The only reason I call him 'Mr. Boom' is because every time he hits somebody and every time he makes a play, he yells 'boom' to the top of his lungs," Thomas said. "'BOOOOOOOM.' Every time -- and he never says anything."
Even Marshall head coach Doc Holliday pointed out Hewitt's quiet nature Monday when he asked him to come to the front of the team's huddle for the red helmet stripe ceremony in which a newcomer has earned their green stripe.
"He's a guy who never said a word, kept his mouth shut and came to work every day," Holliday said. "From day one that he stepped on this practice field, you noticed him. He plays extremely hard and he's a good player.
"I never heard him talk until out there when he gets excited playing ball, so I guess that's a good thing."
That's the boom factor.
Thomas even joked about the stripe ceremony, saying it was more like an introduction because many had never heard him speak before he addressed the players per ritual of the stripe ceremony.
"He walks around the locker room and never talks," Thomas said. "They took his stripe off today (Monday), so Davonte Allen was like 'I've never heard him talk.' I was like 'All you'll hear him say is boom because that's all he ever says."
Hewitt explained all the talk about his lack of -- well, talk.
"I really don't talk much because I try to be focused most of the time when I'm in the building in meetings," Hewitt said. "When I get on the field, it's like I'm in a whole other world. That's when another personality comes out."
Hewitt might be the quiet guy on the defense, but his play is anything but quiet.
It's actually been disruptive during camp, which prompted Holliday to say that everywhere you look defensively, No. 43 (Hewitt's number) is seen and noticed.
The booms have increased as Hewitt gets more acclimated to defensive coordinator Chuck Heater's scheme.
And Hewitt couldn't be happier to be on the field with the Herd.
"It's an honor," Hewitt said. "It truly is because a lot of people don't expect a junior college guy to come in and do some of the things I did. I just knew I had to go hard if I wanted to play this year, so that's the approach I took."
Hewitt, who arrived as a 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior out of Georgia Military College in May, has taken a pretty easy approach to his first camp at Marshall.
"I'm just trying to read the lineman," Hewitt said. "I'm going to go hard and go fast. I know if I can get there before the linemen get to me, I'm going to make the play."
Chances are Hewitt won't really talk too much about the plays he makes, but they will all have one familiar sound in common upon impact.
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