Five leave Herd football program
HUNTINGTON -- Five players have officially left Marshall's football program, according to Marshall sports information director Jason Corriher.
Those players include former Huntington High standout and Herd tight end C.J. Crawford, longsnapper James Power, offensive lineman Billy Rone, running back Travon Van and defensive back Derek Robinson.
Of the defections, Rone is the most surprising of the bunch.
Rone signed with Marshall as a three-star junior college offensive lineman out of Glendale Community College.
The 6-4, 290-pound native of Glendale was expected to see valuable time during the 2012 season, but came into camp out of shape and never saw the field for the Herd.
Out of junior college, Rone also had offers from Mississippi State, Purdue, Indiana and others.
As reported last week, Van has left Marshall after deciding to transfer to Montana.
Van began the year as the Herd's starting running back, but he was moved to cornerback prior to the game against Rice.
He saw one series at defensive back in a reserve role during that contest and never saw the field again in a Marshall uniform.
Crawford is also a bit of a surprise, but he graduated early and decided to hang up the cleats. The 6-2, 229-pound tight end saw his repetitions decrease later in the season with the emergence of Mackey Award candidate Gator Hoskins.
Defensive back Derek Robinson was a redshirt sophomore out of Davie, Fla., but he did not accrue any statistics during his time with Marshall.
Like Crawford, Power also graduated and opted not to return to the team.