Roberts, Lovett earned roles as Marshall captains
It’s no surprise that when Marshall Thundering Herd football head coach Doc Holliday announced his game captains Tuesday, cornerbacks Darryl Roberts and Monterius Lovett were the defensive representatives.
Lovett had an interception against Virginia Tech and Roberts played blanket coverage for the majority of the game, even getting a deflection on the pass that ended up being a game-tying touchdown – a heartbreak, considering he had the perfect coverage and read on the play. Perhaps this week’s defensive captain choices are just as much about what needs to be done as what they’ve done in the past, though.
While the Herd’s veteran cornerbacks have been productive throughout the early stages of the season, it’s nothing compared to what they will be needed to do this weekend against UTSA.
With the scheme that UTSA incorporates offensively, the pressure is completely on the secondary to step up and make plays.
And, it’s not just in the passing game.
With many of UTSA’s plays in the running game featuring outside sweeps and runs off the edge, the cornerbacks are going to be called on heavily for run support this weekend.
“If you look at their rushing stats and break it down, I bet 60 or 70 percent of their yards come from perimeter runs, whether it be speed sweeps, options or whatever it is,” Holliday said. “That being the case, those guys up front aren’t making a lot of plays.” Because of that, the secondary cannot allow rushers — many of which will include wide receivers — to get on the outside, so they will need to get off their blocks on the edge and force running plays back inside.
“Those guys are going to have to tackle in that game and tackle extremely well,” Holliday said. “They’ll have to get off blocks, make sure they don’t get chopped. It’s going to be a lot of perimeter runs in this game that our guys have to do a great job of getting stopped, and our secondary is going to have to tackle extremely well in this game.”
LOVELL IS GONE: Former starting left guard Josh Lovell has decided to leave the program, Holliday said.
Lovell lost his starting job in the early portion of the season to Sebastian Johansson.
Grant Traylor is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Marshall football fans also can follow him on Twitter (@Grant-Traylor).
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