HUNTINGTON - Marshall University wide receiver Tyre Brady has waited a long time to get back on the field in a game situation to show what he can do.
When given the opportunity Saturday in a simulated game scenario, Brady didn't disappoint.
The transfer from the University of Miami transfer hauled in four passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns to shine as the offensive highlight reel in the Marshall Green and White Scrimmage.
"I was just coming in ready to go and locked in from the first play, from the first snap," the 6-foot-3, 206-pound junior from Homestead, Fla., said. "I was just ready to help my team in whatever way."
Brady's ability showed to the crowd of 2,000-plus patrons in the Chris Cline Athletic Complex from the opening snap when he hauled in a deep ball from quarterback Chase Litton and outraced cornerback Kereon Merrell to the end zone for a long scoring strike to open the scrimmage. Brady was able to get off the line by working inside before using his body downfield to cut off the angle of Merrell, who couldn't get around him to be in position to make a play on the football.
It was a savvy veteran move from a receiver the Thundering Herd will be counting on heavily in the 2017 season.
That play caught everyone's attention quickly, but Brady's top reception of the day came later in the scrimmage when he fought off of bump-and-run coverage and hauled in a perfectly-placed football from Litton while absorbing a huge hit from safety Brandon Drayton, who also played well in the scrimmage on the defensive side. Drayton came over full speed from his safety spot and did what he was supposed to on the play, which was try to lay a big hit on the receiver to dislodge the football.
While Drayton's made the biggest hit of the day, it still went for a big gain as Brady maintained his concentration and stayed in control of the ball all the way to the ground.
"Yeah, good hit," Brady said. "I've got a little bruise on the back of my head from that one, but whatever. If it means taking one, making a catch and getting hit, I'm going to do it for my team. It was solid contact, but it was nothing. I can take it. I'm a pit bull."
The hit left Brady briefly shaken up, but he shook off the impact and was back on the field one play later trying to help Litton and the offense to another score.
"He's a player," Marshall head coach Doc Holliday said. "He's what you are supposed to look like."
With Marshall losing five of its top six wide receivers from last season, Brady's impact will be needed immediately on the outside to provide a deep threat, which Marshall offensive coordinator Bill Legg said will open up everything in the offense.
"Tyre is a heck of a player and we've added some things to take advantage of a combinations of things - his skills obviously, but up front to try to create bigger windows," Legg said. "We're doing a lot more with play-action and more from the home alignment, which helps play-action.
"The more you can stretch the field, the better the run game is. The better the run game is, the more you can stretch the field. Those things kind of work hand-in-hand with each other."
Marshall enters its final week of spring practice with a Tuesday practice beginning at about 2:45 p.m. The final practices are Thursday and Saturday.