Receivers coach giving Shuler quite a reception
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall receiver Tommy Shuler is well-known for his football savvy, which the ordinary-looking junior used to catch 110 passes last year.
While recovering from a foot injury, he has tried hard to pass that on to his fellow receivers. The help is most welcomed by receivers coach Mike Furrey, except maybe for . . .
"Except he wanted to be paid as a coach during practice," Furrey joked. "And we told him he's on full ride and we're giving him books, too, so he's got a paycheck. I tell you what, Tommy's a great player - we all know that, he's caught a lot of balls last year, had a great season last year.''
Being a first-year Thundering Herd assistant, Furrey entered the program with some familiarity with his receivers via video, but otherwise had a clean slate. He learned something about Shuler besides his ability to slip between defenders to get open.
"I think the biggest thing people don't understand is two things: One, he's the biggest - him and Cato, some of the biggest competitors I've ever been around," Furrey said. "And number two, Tommy's a big-time team guy. He loves watching other guys succeed, and he holds a standard of himself like that."
The Herd's scrimmage Saturday will begin at 7 p.m., leaving observers to try to recall another preseason get-together with a nighttime start.
It's new for coach Doc Holliday, at least at Marshall, but he gave a simple reason.
"What we want to get done there is a normal game day," Holliday said. "A lot of guys for the first time, playing a [collegiate] night game - we open up with Miami [Ohio], it's 7 o'clock at night. So we'll keep the same schedule during Saturday that we would during a regular game day. Brunch and meetings will be same, the whole deal."
He said some coaches may move up to the press box building (assuming they can maneuver through the construction of luxury suites). Certainly, that will happen a week from Saturday as the team goes through a game-day dry run.
As with the previous scrimmage, Big Green Scholarship Foundation members and 2013 season-ticket holders will be admitted, along with MU students with a valid ID. Today's practice and the two on Friday will be the last workouts open to all.
CBS Sports Network named its on-air talent for its 13 games involving Conference USA games. Two trios will split the card - Dave Ryan, Adam Archuleta and Evan Washburn; and Brent Stover, Corey Chavous and Lisa Byington.
Ryan's crew also will do Mountain West games; the Stover trio will do some NCAA Division II contests.
On the Inside College Football studio show, newcomer Christian Fauria joins Brian Jones and former coaches Ron Zook and Houston Nutt.
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