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HUNTINGTON - Marshall University senior punter Kaare Vedvik got a few more kicks than normal during Friday's football practice.

In addition to his duties as the Thundering Herd's punter, Vedvik took the second set of snaps at placekicker in the Chris Cline Indoor Athletic Complex.

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday said the plan had been in the works for some time.

"That's something we wanted to get done anyway, and he worked on it all summer, as you could probably see today," Holliday said. "I thought he stepped in there and did a nice job. We'll continue to work him."

Holliday said Vedvik's repetitions at kicker will not take away from his future as punter - a position he will continue to hold.

"He's going to be our punt guy, and to do that, you have to be careful with that, but I think he's a tremendous kid and tremendous athlete," Holliday said. "I think he can handle it."

When Vedvik came to Marshall as a kicker.

However, the pending graduation of longtime punter Tyler Williams in 2015 put the Herd in a situation where it needed a solidified punter. Therefore, Vedvik exited the three-man race for placekicking duties to concentrate on becoming Williams' backup and the heir apparent to the punting duties.

Amoreto Curraj and Nick Smith battled for the placekicking duties in 2016 with Curraj winning the spot, but Curraj hit just 4 of 10 field goal attempts, leaving Holliday in a position to re-open that battle.

Now, Vedvik will battle for the spot with Curraj and freshman Cole Phillips, who is a highly-regarded kicker from the Class of 2017.

If Friday was any indication, that battle will continue throughout July and August and into the end of camp.

NUMBER CHANGES: As is the case every year, several players will be suiting up in different numbers than previously worn in their careers.

The wide receivers took the honor of the position with the most changes (four). Wide receivers changing numbers include Nick Mathews (No. 87 to No. 10), Willie Johnson (No. 3 to No. 1), Donquell Green (No. 5 to No. 4) and Marcel Williams (No. 83 to No. 9).

Defensive backs changing their numbers include Brandon Drayton (No. 45 to No. 8) and Nazeeh Johnson (No. 49 to No. 13).

Defensive end Damien Dozier switched from No. 90 to No. 15 and linebacker Artis Johnson switched from No. 32 to No. 21.

Only one change was predicated by a position change - that being former Spring Valley High School standout Tyler Brown who switched from linebacker to tight end and changed from No. 52 to No. 88.

FAN DAY: On Saturday, Marshall will go through its annual Fan Day festivities at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Fans will be able to get pictures with their favorite players and an autograph session is scheduled after the official team photograph is taken.

The first 1,000 fans to arrive for the 1 p.m. event will receive a season schedule poster from Marshall's ticket office.

There is also a Choose-A-Seat Day running concurrently with Fan Day festivities for fans who have yet to get season tickets.

According to Aaron Goebbel, Marshall's associate athletic director over external affairs, there will also be a live radio remote going on and inflatables for kids to enjoy.


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