HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Perhaps the biggest personnel question Marshall coach Doc Holliday and staff have to answer is who will return kickoffs.
Question No. 1B is this: How will the Herd use Steward Butler?
Butler has 10 career returns for 229 yards, but his 10th attempt put him in some hot water. His mishandled kickoff last week led to an Ohio touchdown, which finished a 10-point swing in a 34-31 loss.
Wide receiver DeAndre Reaves returned kicks the rest of the night, gaining 77 yards on three attempts. Holliday said he may continue Saturday when the Herd takes on Virginia Tech at noon in Blacksburg, Va.
"Probably," Holliday said. "Number one, he did a nice job."
Then the coach talked up Butler, saying he expects the sophomore running back to regroup.
"Bottom line, Stew Butler is going to be a good player for us," Holliday said. "He's got to get out there and get back to work today, and work extremely hard. He's going to play."
This week's captains will be quarterback Rakeem Cato, center Chris Jasperse, cornerback Darryl Roberts and defensive tackle James Rouse.
This will be Roberts' first time witnessing the coin toss, and Rouse has been selected for the third week in a row. Coaches selected weekly captains based on game performance and leadership before and during that game.
This is Cato's second week as captain, and Jasperse's second week in a row.
Holliday said defensive tackle Brandon Sparrow remains questionable for Saturday's game. Sparrow did not make the trip last week to Ohio, and was replaced in the starting lineup by Jarquez Samuel.
As it turned out, there was no drop-off. Samuel was the team's leading tackler with nine, a number almost unheard of for nose guards this side of Ndamukong Suh.
"Jarquez Samuel, he's done a nice job all the way through camp," Holliday said. "He played exceptionally well on Saturday."
Also on the defensive line, end Jeremiah Taylor (back) is a question mark. Offensively, center Cam Dees continues to practice and running back Remi Watson was to return to practice this week.