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Grant Traylor: Thundering Herd gets healed, back to practice

Oct. 16, 2012 @ 11:59 PM

Normally, red is a color reserved for quarterbacks in practice.

It is red, as in "stop" or as in "no-contact."

However, the last several weeks, there has been enough red on the practice field that one might have thought it was one of Marshall's primary school colors.

That's because there have been so many dings and injuries for the Herd, many of the starters have been limited to non-contact drills over the last several weeks.

Head coach Doc Holliday outlined just a few of the players, saying center Chris Jasperse has been wearing a boot for four weeks before going out and playing 90 plays on gameday and starting tackle Garrett Scott has also not practiced in an attempt to save his body (namely, his ankle) for games.

Also, starting cornerbacks Keith Baxter and Derrick Thomas have also been in red for the past three weeks.

Therefore, the bye week fell at a crucial time, allowing for players to rest their bodies and, essentially, be able to get back to practice this week.

"It's hard to get better when you don't practice," Holliday said at his bye week press conference. "We have a lot of guys out there playing, but didn't practice. You look out there during the week and there are a lot of red jerseys. Those guys aren't tackling and doing things you have to do to become better football players."

Just like with any job, there might be the temptation to slack off a bit whenever there is a bit of down-time -- such as last week's bye week for the Herd.

However, it was just the opposite as the Herd went hard in practice late in the week. Furthermore, those who were deeming themselves unable to go and sporting the red no-contact jerseys were put through an extensive round of fitness and conditioning drills that left many winded at practice's end.

"Yeah, there weren't too many red jerseys by the time we got back Sunday," Marshall tight end Gator Hoskins said with a sly grin.

So Tuesday's practice was a welcome sight for all of those surrounding Marshall football.

Guys were healed and fresh as the Herd got ready for practice and the field didn't resemble that of a Christmas tree with red and green littered everywhere.

QB CLUB: Marshall's Quarterback Club will meet at Guyan Golf and Country Club on Thursday.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the event is $15 for non-members and $12 for members.

Marshall football coach Doc Holliday is expected to speak to the group at lunch.

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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