Herd set to scrimmage
HUNTINGTON -- Call it a scrimmage disguised as a practice.
Marshall University football head coach Doc Holliday said Saturday's 9:30 a.m. scrimmage will look a lot more like a regular practice than an intrasquad game.
Attendance will be limited to Big Green Scholarship Foundation members who present a membership card, Marshall students who show a valid MU ID and anyone who has yet to submit a 2014 Football Season Ticket intent form or has questions about the process.
Gate A will open at 9 a.m. Ticket office representatives will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. to answer questions.
"Saturday is only our sixth practice this spring," Holliday said. "It's not going to be a full-blown scrimmage. We'll do more of that the following Saturday. We still have three full scrimmages after Saturday if we want. We'll do a lot of team (drills) and some situational things."
That doesn't mean the workout has to be boring. Holliday pointed to several players with whom he is pleased and fans might be eager to see. He mentioned defensive linemen Josh Brown, Arnold Blackmon and Joe Massaquoi as players who are "being challenged."
Holliday mentioned others who have stood out.
"(Wide receiver) Davonte Allen has had a really good spring," Holliday said. 'It's the first one he's been healthy. (Defensive back Keith) Baxter we've seen some good things from him. Swede (offensive lineman Sebastian Johansson) looks like he feels at home."
Red-shirt freshman offensive lineman A.J. Addison also caught Holliday's attention.
"Addison's a tremendous prospect," Holliday said of the former Fork Union Military Academy standout.
Cody Collins, a red-shirt freshman blocker from Trotwood, Ohio, was also praised.
"The goal is to come out of spring practice stronger than we started," Holliday said.
One of the worst-kept secrets of college football is players' disdain for spring practice. Marshall players, however, said they're using it as a springboard for what they figure to be a highly successful season. The Thundering Herd won the Conference USA East Division title last season and many figure Marshall will be favored to win the league title in 2014.
"It's football," sophomore cornerback Corey Tindal said of spring practice. "It's an opportunity to play. You take advantage of it when you get it."
Junior tackle Clint Van Horn said Saturday's scrimmage, no matter how short it might be, offers a chance to improve.
"It's a work day," Van Horn said. "We'll do individual and position drills. We'll attack the scrimmage like a practice. Football is football. You do what the coaches give you."
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