Frohnapfel is working with the first unit, following his 13 catches for 129 yards with two touchdowns in his sophomore year. Walk-on Joe Woodrum, a sophomore from Bluefield, is getting a lot of reps this spring.
That leaves Stefone Grace, the 6-3 sophomore who has been looking for a position to call home. He signed in February 2010 and came to MU from prep school in January 2011, and began his career at linebacker.
"I think they were just trying to figure out the best spot for me to help the team," Grace said. "I like it. Coach Hartley teaches me a lot and I'm hoping to get on the field this year."
Hartley also has redshirt freshman Ryan Riedel, who remains sidelined, and sophomore Devon Johnson, who has his own shoulder issues.
"Devon Johnson is another big name that's not really getting reps right now that people seem to forget about," Hartley said. "He's going to be a big contributor for us at that tight end-slash-fullback-hybrid, whatever people want to call that, 'H,' 'Y,' whatever."
Marshall finished its fifth of 15 practices Thursday and will return at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. An 11-on-11 scrimmage will make up much of the morning, but won't be as big of a deal as the next two Saturdays. Those likely will be officiated, and will be open only to Big Green donors and season-ticket holders.
Thursday's practice turned a little spicy, as the offense turned in several eye-popping plays. Rakeem Cato had some big throws, including a long sideline throw to Tommy Shuler and a sweet touchdown lob to Shawney Kersey. Kevin Grooms also did his thing, zigzagging through the defense for what would have been a 65-yard touchdown run.
D.J. Hunter showed a little bravado by scuffling with an offensive lineman or two. And Cato danced around the field to celebrate once or twice.
"We want to score. Every time we get the ball, we want to score. We're going to score," said a confident Cato.
There was one injury of note: Linebacker Kent Turene hopped off after injuring his left foot.
One reminder about Saturday's practice: Fans are to use the northeast entrance at Joan C. Edwards Stadium and sit on the stadium's east side. They will notice the steel going up on the skybox expansion project, which has closed the west side.