HUNTINGTON - Marshall's senior day will be short Saturday, with just eight players accepting their last applause at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
Injuries will make that ceremony even more bittersweet - upward of half of those eight will be sidelined, including wide receiver Aaron Dobson.
Dobson and Andre Snipes-Booker are good bets to miss the Thundering Herd's noon game Saturday against Houston. Dobson, the Dunbar native, suffered a knee injury two weeks ago against Memphis; Snipes-Booker suffered an apparent concussion on a kickoff return last week at Alabama-Birmingham.
Those two, best friends since their official visit four years ago, are seeing an early end to their home career on two counts: Injuries and the fact that they lost their redshirts as true freshmen, a decision by previous coach Mark Snyder in his final year of 2009.
They may not dress, and neither may linebacker Devin Arrington, who was injured early against Central Florida, three games ago.
At his weekly press conference Tuesday, coach Doc Holliday said he was not sure about the return of right guard John Bruhin, but the injury-plagued sixth-year man has expressed his determination to play. He attended player interviews Monday and did not appear to be favoring his ankle.
That leaves wide receiver Antavious Wilson and running back Martin Ward as the remaining seniors who were recruited by MU. That six was bolstered by the one-year visit from former Boston College safeties Dominick LeGrande and Okechukwu Okoroha.
While Holliday talked about the contributions of the eight departing players, he also bemoaned the unusually small class.
"You want to get to the point where we've got to go out there 30 minutes early, because you've got a bunch of seniors," he said. "That's when you know you're good. Next year, for example, there are going to be 23 or 24 run out there.
"Whenever you've got six seniors - you take the BC guys out and you have six guys running out there - you haven't done a very good job keeping guys around. That has to change."
Snipes-Booker's kick return duties stand to be divided between Kevin Grooms (kickoffs) and Tommy Shuler (punts).