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Herd from Holliday

Sep. 14, 2013 @ 01:35 AM

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday discussed the Herd’s Saturday contest against Ohio University in his Tuesday press conference.

On Ohio’s program under Frank Solich
“We have a great respect for Ohio and their head coach Frank Solich. He does a tremendous job and is a great coach. They’re always very well-coached. They’re extremely tough and it’ll be a great challenge for us to walk in their stadium and go play. When you think about Ohio, you think about their toughness and their quarterback Tyler Tettleton. He’s a tremendous leader. He’s a great quarterback and it starts with him. They have two great running backs that complement Tettleton very well.”

On the dual rushing threat of running backs Beau Blankenship and Ryan Boykin:
“They’ve pretty much split the reps. They were very even a week ago against North Texas. Both of them are tremendous backs and bring a great 1-2 punch to their running game. They ran the ball extremely well against North Texas.”

On Marshall’s balanced attack on offense:
“We like to be able to continue to run a balanced offense. It all depends on what they give us defensively. I’ve said since day one that we may not be better on the stat sheet, but we have a better offense. That’s kind of where we are at this point and we’d like to continue that trend.”

On the Ohio struggles in the red zone:
“One of their biggest struggles was playing a great football team in Louisville to open the season. When they had to find a way to get it done last week against North Texas, Tettleton found a way to get it done for them. That’s him. That’s what he does and that’s what he has done for the last two years. That’s what you saw on the last two or three drives that were critical for Ohio to be able to go win that game. Tettleton played his best football on those last couple drives to find a way to pull it out for them and that’s what he has done his entire career.”

On the rotating of the secondary and the help it has provided the defensive line:
“We’ve been able to get sacks, hurries and pressure on the quarterback which has helped the secondary as well. In the secondary, we have been rolling in three or four corners in there and a couple nickels. We’re rolling three safeties. What we’re trying to do is develop Tiquan Lang and a couple of those young safeties like Michael Johnson. They’re not ready yet, but at some point three or four games down the road, they can get in there and make something happen. We’ve rolled a lot of players in there and hopefully that will help us down the road later in the season.”

On Ohio’s offensive line:
“You turn the tape on and those guys you see playing are very solid. Coach Solich has been with that program for a long time. He’s developed some guys and there’s not much of a drop off from a year ago and what they’re playing with now. I don’t think we’ve sacked Tyler Tettleton in two years. It tells you what kind of player he is. It’s important to get pressure on him and that needs to happen because if he can sit back there and break containment then he will create problems for you. That’s something we have to make sure does not happen.”

On the success of Louisville getting after Tettleton:
 “They did. Louisville will probably get a lot of pressure on a lot of teams this year. They’re a very solid football team. Louisville played extremely well against them and I’m sure Louisville will play a lot of teams like that.”
— Grant Traylor

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