MU freshman earns captain spot
HUNTINGTON -- Ever since Marshall freshman nickelback Corey Tindal stepped foot onto the field in spring practice, the Herd defense has had a different energy about it.
On Tuesday, Marshall coach Doc Holliday announced that Tindal, who is getting set for his third game with the Herd, is one of four captains for the Ohio game, which begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.
"I've said all along that you don't have to be a senior to lead," Holliday said. "Maybe one of the best leaders I've ever been associated with was Phillip Rivers at N.C. State as a freshman. Corey Tindal has been no different. From the time he stepped out there, he's been a tremendous leader, and it helps when you're a tremendous player."
Tindal is currently third on the team in tackles with nine through two games with seven of those being unassisted in open field. He also has a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery, which he got against Gardner-Webb last week.
It's an ironic scenario.
Tindal is a captain for the Marshall football team before he's ever stepped foot on the field for a road game with the Herd.
That first occurrence will come Saturday night when the Herd makes the 90-minute drive to Athens, Ohio, for The Battle for the Bell.
In addition to Tindal, the other defensive captain will be James Rouse, who makes it two weeks in a row as a captain from his defensive tackle spot.
The defensive front for Marshall has been a strong point and Rouse's leadership at the position has been one of the reasons why.
Marshall's two offensive captains for this week will be wide receiver Tommy Shuler and center Chris Jasperse.
Shuler has taken the younger receiving corps under his wing and has been a coach on the field, much like Jasperse, who has the task of getting the offensive line in the right checks and right reads at the line of scrimmage.
Last week, Jasperse also had the added challenge of going up against Gardner-Webb nose guard O.J. Le'iatua Mau, whom Marshall coaches called a future NFL player.
Jasperse took the words of his coaches to heart and engaged in a trench battle that got physical and borderline chippy at times. It was everything that Marshall coaches wanted to see with the challenge.
"Those guys are the captains because of the way they played and the leadership they provided over camp and the past couple of weeks," Holliday said. "Anytime you go on the road, one thing you have to have is great leadership."
When Marshall takes the field for this weekend's Battle for the Bell, the Herd will be looking to snap a two-game skid in the contest. The last Marshall win came in a 24-23 victory at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in 2010.
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