So, this is spring?
HUNTINGTON -- Evan McKelvey couldn't have been more excited Tuesday.
It was the senior linebacker's 23rd birthday and the start of his final spring football practice with the Marshall Thundering Herd.
However, he wasn't exactly thrilled with the present Mother Nature decided to bless him with Tuesday afternoon at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
Marshall players and coaches fought through snow squalls that left the field covered for brief stages of the opening spring practice.
"Heat, snow, heat, snow," McKelvey said. "Wait, what? I've never seen weather like this in my life. I never thought this was possible. I thought if it's hot, it can't snow if it's hot. Right? I thought that's how we learned in science. Now, that's just messed my head up now."
As soon as Marshall players took the field around 3:15 p.m. to stretch for the 3:30 p.m. practice, the first snow squall hit and left a blanket of white. With kickers being the first group to get in repetitions, it caused for an interesting open to practice.
However, just as soon as the snow came, it disappeared as warmth and sunshine beamed for the next 20 minutes.
It was enough warmth for sophomore quarterback Gunnar Holcombe to start sweating and force him to shed the hoodie that he had on underneath his jersey.
"It was warmer earlier, so I took my hoodie off because I was hot and then it got cold," Holcombe said. "I can't win. It's either too hot, too cold. But that's weather. You can't control it. You might as well make the best of it."
Holcombe's warmth was short-lived as he and freshman quarterback Kevin Anderson tried to keep the snow and wind from hindering their throws upon the snow's return just a few minutes later.
Anderson joked that it was much different than what he saw last week when he and Holcombe were both home in Florida during Marshall's spring break.
"We're really excited (for practice), of course, but both of us just came back from Florida where it was 80 degrees," Anderson said. "This is a big change when you're used to the warmth. Dressing warm is the main priority and making sure your body is warm. I tried to stretch as much as possible and just be loose because if you get tight in the cold, it's game over."
The practice was the first of 15 for the Herd during the spring session, which culminates with the April 26 Green-White Game at 2 p.m.
Players returned to the field 89 days following the Herd's 31-20 win over Maryland in the Military Bowl in Washington, D.C. -- a win that solidified Marshall's first 10-win season since 2002.
Tuesday resembled a December day instead of a late March session, but with Marshall only getting 15 practices in the spring period, head coach Doc Holliday wasn't about to waste an opportunity to get in some work despite the less than favorable conditions which strongly resembled the start of 2013 spring practice.
"I thought our kids came out with great energy and didn't pay attention to what the weather was doing," Holliday said. "That's kind of what we do around here."
Marshall returns to the practice field Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
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