HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - OK, so Marshall's retooled defense gets its first test Saturday night against Miami (Ohio).
The RedHawks' "new" starting quarterback is Austin Boucher, and his his most scout-worthy video came in 2010. OK, also 2011 - that's only because the bowl game he won in Mobile, Ala., was played after New Year's Day.
Does this fifth-year senior remind MU players of anyone?
"[Tyler] Tettleton [of Ohio] and the guy from Rice, [Taylor] McHargue. Those are the two main ones," said safety D.J. Hunter, who chased both from his former linebacker position.
Uh, oh. This will test the Thundering Herd's defense of new coordinator Chuck Heater, won't it?
Remember, the "old" MU defense of since-departed coordinator Chris Rippon flunked its tests against Tettleton and McHargue.
Tettleton accounted for four touchdowns in Ohio's 44-7 rout of the Herd in 2011, throwing for 285 yards on 20-of-29 passing and gaining 53 yards on the ground. In the Bobcats' 27-24 win last year, Tettleton threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 35 yards on seven carries, with nary a sack.
The Herd was just plain lucky to defeat McHargue and the Owls 54-51 in double overtime. McHargue beat himself in the literal sense, injuring his shoulder at the 2-yard line by diving for what he thought could be the go-ahead touchdown in the waning minutes.
McHargue looked like Johnny Manziel before then, passing for 314 yards and rushing for 153 and accounting for four long touchdowns - passes of 43, 31 and 50 yards plus a run of 43. He was injured at the end of a 47-yard scamper.
Yes, Heater watched that video. The Ohio game, as well. He's seen just enough of Boucher to add urgency to his task of rebuilding the Herd's defense, physically, mentally and psychologically.
"There's a distinct advantage for a mobile quarterback," Heater said. "You get so many gaps to fill up, and the quarterback's going to escape. You've got to have enough recovery speed and athleticism on defense that you can recover and tackle him for minimal gain.
"Those guys are a problem for all defensive coaches, and that goes for the NFL as well."
Boucher, a 6-foot-1, 214-pound fifth-year senior from Kettering, Ohio, has been stuck behind Zac Dysert the previous three seasons. No shame in that - Dysert was drafted in the seventh round by the Denver Broncos after throwing for 12,013 yards, passing Ben Roethlisberger for the school record.