We saw some of that Saturday against Tulsa. Antavious Wilson (seven catches, 123 yards) is back to his 2009 form, making some super catches. Aaron Dobson (10-128) emerged from a tough game at Purdue, thriving when Tulsa took away Tommy Shuler. Question: Could Dobson have held onto the potential game-tying touchdown throw, knocked away by Lowell Rose?
If Dobson and Wilson want to build their legacy, they need a big game against UCF, which typically features C-USA's best secondary.
It has been a tough year for Andre Snipes-Booker, who is averaging barely 20 yards a kickoff return and 5.8 yards a punt return. Under the new, lousy kickoff rules, Marshall does better taking a touchback - Snipes-Booker has failed to reach the 25-yard line on 8 of 24 kickoff returns.
So should Snipes-Booker be replaced? Travon Van, moved recently to cornerback and not getting any snaps, has fresh legs.
Then again, would it matter? Is the kickoff team ineffective?
History won't help this team, but there is one absolutely correct parallel between 1987 and 2012: Both squads were part football team, part amusement park thrill ride.
So the best advice I can give is this: Hop in the car, fasten your seat belt tightly and keep your hands in the car.
At the halfway pole, some Herd statistics of note:
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