After five punts at UAB (the block didn't count against him), Tyler Williams once more qualifies for inclusion in the NCAA rankings. At 45.51 yards per attempt, he ranks eighth.
The Ray Guy Award doesn't require 3.6 punts per game to be eligible, and Williams was named last Friday as one of 10 semifinalists. He signed a document Monday agreeing to go to the Dec. 6 ceremony if he becomes one of three finalists.
Now if he only could get his tackling technique down. He remains six tackles behind place-kicker Justin Haig (6-0) after failing to bring down UAB's Jackie Williams on that game-turning 79-yard TD return.
"That was my fault," Williams said. "I dove at his leg, hit him in the knee and thought, 'Oh, he'll fall down, I'm not going to have to crush him.' I guess I hit him just enough that I bumped over to the side and he just shrugged it off like nothing."
Right guard John Bruhin attended player interviews Monday and stood for those interviews, so that's a good sign for the sixth-year senior. His balky ankle cost him the Memphis and UAB games.
He said he rolled the ankle in the Herd's loss to Central Florida on Oct. 27, and then rolled it again the next Tuesday. He feels confident that he'll be ready to reclaim his starting spot for his last game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
Bruhin points out that his ankle problems are a byproduct of his longstanding back issues.
"I actually have a 'drop foot,' from where I hurt my back," he said. "The ankle's been really weak since I've been here. If I step on anything wrong, it swells back up."
And finally, it was Aiken who blocked the 52-yard field goal try by UAB's Ty Law with just over 9 minutes left. LeGrande picked up the ball and returned it 35 yards before tiring out at the UAB 29.
Marshall settled for a field goal to cut the Blazers' lead to 31-24, but the Blazers responded with a long drive to all but put the game away.
It took some slow-motion replays to see who blocked the ball, but Aiken had no doubt.
"When the ball snapped, [Brandon Sparrow and I] pushed [a blocker] back, a great push," Aiken said. "And I put my left hand up and the ball tore my hand apart, pretty much."