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Herd defense still a work in progress

Oct. 09, 2012 @ 08:46 PM

HUNTINGTON — Prior to the football season, Marshall University’s defense broke out in a game of musical chairs.

The shuffle included a pair of Boston College transfers to the safety positions, a Penn State transfer to the cornerback spot, a trio of safeties who moved to linebacker and a linebacker who moved to defensive end.

It’s hard to keep all that together just writing about it, so imagine how hard it was for the players to keep in line who was where when.

Needless to say, there have been definite growing pains as the players have learned their new positions while also learning each other’s tendencies to build the chemistry necessary to field a unit of 11 players.

“We’re not even close to where we’ve got to be defensively in what our goals are,” Marshall coach Doc Holliday said during Tuesday’s press conference. “I think some guys have gotten better, but we’re not close. We have to continue this week and next week and I’m anxious to see — we have to continue to build on the progress they’ve made.”

It’s still a work in progress and the players are intent on getting things right during an open week on the schedule in order to make a run in the late part of the season.

Check Wednesday's edition of The Herald-Dispatch in print and online for more of this story.