"To be honest, X and Z are pretty similar. You put your other foot back when you line up," Furrey said. "But for the slot, it's completely different - you've got a lot more traffic that you have to handle, the ball comes on you a lot of faster so when you turn around, you'd better be ready for that ball.
"That's a transition, and you've got to be used to that, and I think Josh will be used to that coming into next practice."
Knight came to MU from Fort Pierce, Fla., perhaps an hour north of coach Doc Holliday's usual south Florida recruiting breadbasket. Hunt was lured out of Memphis, Tenn., where he helped lead Whitehaven High to Tennessee's Class 6A championship, then nearly swept the 110- and 300-meter hurdles at the state large-school track meet.
Both liked what Marshall's uber-tempo offense can do, and saw how it needs a surplus of receivers to make it go. As it happened, both had a common host on their official recruiting visit: Allen.
Hunt and Knight probably will have one more thing in common when the Herd takes the field Aug. 31 against Miami (Ohio): They'll likely play, both on special teams and in scrimmage downs. As that date approaches, they're feeling confidence.
"I control my own destiny as far as how hard as I work," Knight said. "If I keep learning more of the routes, getting more in tune with the quarterbacks and everything, I'll be all right."
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