That's the interesting dynamic. Three transfers have been thrown into the proverbial fire. Projected starting safety D.J. Hunter has been moved to the nickel.
How does it all fall together?
"We just have to sit down," Thomas said. "We have to sit in the film room. We have to study. We have to get our chemistry and our signal calls. It's just like starting over - but we're a little older. It's not like we're starting over as freshmen."
Indeed, Thomas is a 21-year-old junior. LeGrande and Okoroha are experienced. It should make the grand experiment easier. And that could help a Marshall team that's green not only in color scheme.
"We're young here," Thomas said. "At Penn State, we had a lot of seniors. Here, most will be coming back next year. Except for the two Boston College transfers, most of the defense will be back. We won't lose too much.
"I do, though, think we have a good chance to do some good things this year."
And the melting pot just could help the Herd cook.
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