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About the Marshall Thundering Herd

The Marshall Thundering Herd come to Neyland Stadium to take on the Tennessee Volunteers this Saturday at 4:00.  A few interesting tidbits:

  • Before becoming Marshall's head coach in 2005, Mark Snyder was Ohio State's defensive coordinator.  He was Ohio State's linebackers coach for three years, including 2002, the year the Buckeyes won the National Championship.
  • Tennessee offensive line coach Greg Adkins played at Marshall from 1986-1989.
  • Marshall ranks 106 in the nation in turnover margin (-1.33) and is dead last in total penalties (32) and penalty yardage (291).
  • The players to watch appear to be junior quarterback Bernard Morris and junior running back Ahmad Bradshaw.  Morris is 6-4, 211 pounds, and is the team's second-leading rusher.  In three games so far this season, he's rushed 32 times for 235 yards for a net of 180.  He averages 5.6 yards per carry, and his longest gain on the ground is 42 yards.  He's also completed 62.3% of his passes and passed for a total of 413 yards.  Bradshaw is a 5-11, 192 pound back, who is averaging 92.3 yards per game this season.
  • So far this year, Marshall has lost to West Virginia (42-10), beaten Hofstra (54-31), and lost to Kansas State (23-7).  The Herd's sole score against Kansas State came on a blocked punt by Phillip Gamble.  In beating Hofstra, the Thundering Herd held Hofstra to, get this, minus five yards rushing for the game.  I mean, what kind of team rushes for negative yardage?  Wait, nevermind.
  • The movie We Are Marshall is scheduled to be released this December.  The film, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Mathew Fox, is based on the 1970 plane crash in which 75 members of the football team died.  You can see the trailer here.