HUNTINGTON - On Saturday, Marshall head coach Doc Holliday wanted to get out of the way and see what his players could do in game-type situations.

What he saw was an influx of young players in the secondary stepping up when called on.

Marshall freshman safety Kenard King led that charge on Saturday evening, filling up the stat sheet with his play-making in the scrimmage.

King led the defense with five tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, while adding an interception and a pass break-up.

"He's a guy that's got a great future and he's learning to play," Holliday said. "He's just a young freshman that's learning to play, but I noticed him out there a couple times."

Kereon Merrell, who has played cornerback and nickelback for the Herd this fall, tied King with five tackles in the scrimmage and continued a solid fall camp.

Steven Gilmore added three tackles and an interception to the fold while Taymon Cooke also had three tackles. Nirion Washington added a pair of tackles on the day as well.

Holliday said that, for young players, the road to success on the field started with their off-season preparation with strength and conditioning coach Luke Day, which gets them ready for their moment.

"The weight room is where you build your program," Holliday said. "It all starts in there with Luke and what he does with those kids. He does a tremendous job preparing those guys so that when they get to us, they are ready to go."

Holliday said that some of those young secondary players will certainly see time on special teams for the Herd and could also provide depth defensively this season.

GREEN STANDS OUT: Quarterback Isaiah Green performed well while playing with the first-team on Saturday evening.

Green finished the scrimmage 15-of-21 for 198 yards and a touchdown - a 3-yard scoring pass to tight end Xavier Gaines.

Playing with the second and third units, Garet Morrell finished 6-of-9 for 78 yards and an interception.

Alex Thomson returned to his first extended action in nearly two weeks and was 4-of-14 for 44 yards and an interception.

DEVERS OUT INDEFINITELY: Marshall offensive lineman Nate Devers went down on Friday with a leg injury and, initially, it did not look good.

However, Devers was moving around on crutches and was in good spirits, joking with teammates during Saturday's scrimmage.

Holliday said the prognosis was better than it originally appeared.

"It wasn't as bad as what it looked," Holliday said. "I think he'll be fine."

HANGIN' WITH REV: Marshall's football team did not practice on Sunday, but they were all together at Sharon Baptist Church in Ironton, Ohio.

Sharon Baptist Church is the church where Steve Harvey, the team's chaplain, serves as pastor.

Following the service, the team had a cookout with the members of the church, which has become an annual tradition.


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