Dysert suffered a lacerated spleen late in the 2010 season, leaving the QB chores to Boucher, then a freshman. Boucher led the RedHawks on a game-winning drive against Bowling Green, threw for the winning TD over Northern Illinois in the Mid-American Conference championship game and was named MVP after a 35-21 win over Middle Tennessee in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
After that, he went 13 of 23 for 158 yards and one touchdown - for the entire 2011 and 2012 seasons. When he takes the field shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, he will have gone 966 days between starts.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to play again," Boucher said Monday. "It was an honor and a blessing by my team to be named a captain, and I'm just excited to help lead this team, have the opportunity to be on the field again."
Now, the Herd must figure him out with precious little video to do so. There is a fair amount of mystery around the skill positions.
Junior receiver Dawan Scott (57 receptions, 851 yards, seven touchdowns last year) and senior tight ends Steve Marck (27-299) and 253-pound Dustin White (12-88) are known quantities, but others aren't. Scott's backup is a junior, but other receivers on the two-deep are freshmen or sophomores.
That's fine by Boucher, who has long since gotten past the sudden transfer of Nick Harwell to Kansas in the spring.
"You know, we've moved past that, and we're just focused on the guys we have," Boucher said. "We have great receivers up and down the field: Rokeem Williams, Fred McRae, Dawan Scott, to name a few, with tight ends Dustin White and Steve Marck.
"We're excited to utilize the weapons we have; we think they're great players and can make any play."
Marshall's defense should get a loud boost from a season-opening home crowd, but a little noise only goes so far against a fifth-year senior who can escape a collapsing pocket and make a defense pay.
"You have to contain him," said MU coach Doc Holliday. "You would have thought he would have gotten more snaps [in 2011-12]. He's very capable. If you go back and watch his last four games, he throws extremely catchable balls. He's also very accurate."
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