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MU Football Notebook: Freshman Selby makes the grade

Aug. 20, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

True freshman Michael Selby attended his first fall class at Marshall University yet, but he's already passed one of the biggest tests he'll face all year.

Marshall's football coaching staff dubbed Saturday's scrimmage as a vital day for Selby, who was one of several players the Thundering Herd was looking at and deciding whether to redshirt in the 2013 season.

Selby didn't just pass his most crucial test Saturday.

He aced it, according to head coach Doc Holliday.

"When we turned the film on, he had zero MAs (missed assignments) and, at that center position, he's the guy that kind of runs that show up there," Holliday said. "For him to be able to handle that the way he did with the different looks he got, he's a talented guy and a very smart guy mentally who can handle those situations."

Okay, so it wasn't a star sticker like what my daughter Kyra gets for doing good work in first grade, but Selby did receive quite the reward Monday following practice.

Holliday called him to the front of the team huddle at midfield for the ceremonious removal of the red stripe from his helmet. The red stripe is put on all newcomers' helmets and is not removed until the coaching staff and players deem the player has done enough to earn his green stripe.

Holliday said the process is especially hard for an offensive lineman, which makes Selby's quick ascent that much more impressive.

Selby has logged a lot of time at second team center behind Chris Jasperse while backup Cameron Dees recovers from a concussion, Holliday said.

The 6-foot-2, 275-pounder from Sandersville, Ga., has made the most of the repetitions and has impressed with his quick grasp of the offensive schemes.

"I'm always the one that said it's hard for an offensive lineman to do -- and it is -- but he's different," Holliday said. "That Georgia football is good football and you can tell those guys (from Georgia) are well-coached."

In addition to Selby, Herd freshman linebacker Neville Hewitt had his stripe removed on Monday as well.

HOUSTON HAS A PROBLEM: Holliday confirmed following Monday's practice that linebacker Stefan Houston has an ankle injury that will likely force him to miss some time.

Houston, who was injured during Saturday's scrimmage, was not putting any weight on his right leg and the fear was that it was a knee injury.

In a bit of good news for Holliday and the Herd defense, that is not the case.

"Anytime, you've got an ankle, you think it's a couple weeks at least, but who knows," Holliday said. "He'll be alright. He's got an ankle (injury), which you don't want him to see him get anything at this point, but at least he'll come back."

CAPTAINS COMING SOON: Following Saturday's scrimmage, Holliday said the team will choose captains at a team meeting this weekend once camp breaks.

"We normally do that the Sunday prior to school starting. ..." Holliday said. "Normally, we have a thing that night and there's a meeting. We'll probably do that that night."

SCOUTING TALENT: More NFL scouts found their way to Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Monday afternoon.

Representatives from the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets were on hand to assess undisclosed members of the team.

Grant Traylor is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or gtraylor@herald-dispatch.com. Follow him on Twitter (@GrantTraylor).

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