Editor's note: This is the fifth in a series of previews on West Virginia and Marshall football opponents.
Checking them out
Anyone remember these guys? The Thundering Herd should certainly remember them after the embarrassing 44-7 whipping the Bobcats laid on them last year in Peden Stadium. The home team piled up 559 total yards and forced six turnovers.
The Bobcats hit a long-elusive milestone later, beating Utah 24-23 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise for their first-ever bowl victory. In September, they may arrive in Huntington as a favorite.
QB Tyler Tettleton (285 yards passing, three touchdowns vs. the Herd) is back, but he does lose his top two rushers (more correctly, first and third - Tettleton carried a net 658 yards). After LaVon Brazill left as a third-round NFL pick, Donte Foster (30 catches for 355 yards with five TDs) is the top receiver, and tight end Jordan Johnson had 24 catches for 258 yards with two touchdowns).
Defensively, the big issue is the replacing middle linebacker Noah Keller, who had 17 tackles against Marshall at the bowl game in Detroit. But there is strength on the front with tackle Tremayne Scott and in the backfield with corner Travis Carrie and free safety Gerald Moore.
Kicker Matt Weller is back, and he is the returning Mid-American Conference special teams player of the year. He nailed 25-of-34 field goals and all but one of his 49 extra-point attempts. Punting is a concern after Paul Hershey's departure, with a few young candidates.
Solich was named to the Nebraska Chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, becoming the first person so honored as coach and player. ... Season tickets are selling for as low as $4.50 per game. OU says sales are up 92 percent. ... The Bobcats' win over Marshall drew 24,244, the third-best in Peden Stadium history.