The Herd will get extra time to heal the aches, as it is off after the Virginia Tech game. MU will return to action Oct. 5 at home against Texas-San Antonio.
Holliday confirmed that defensive tackle Ken Smith has left the team. The 6-foot-3, 291-pound senior from Copperas Cove, Texas, played in three games in 2012, making one start and getting in on four tackles.
"Ken Smith has decided no longer to play football," Holliday said.
Smith's exit means that two of the three junior-college players in the recruiting class of 2011 have left the program. Offensive lineman Billy Rone did not return for this season.
However, Gage Niemeyer has been productive at left tackle, starting five games last year and all three this season. He is second on the team with 15.5 knockdowns.
It's official: Marshall was on the wrong side of a player-of-the-week performance in its loss to Ohio.
Cornerback Devin Bass was honored as the Mid-American Conference player of the week after disrupting the Herd's pass game all night - and it was all night, as he missed only two defensive snaps.
His fourth-quarter interception helped keep the Herd at arm's length. He tallied a game- and career-high 11 tackles, broke up four passes and locked down an MU receiver on almost every play.
And finally, a progress report on the indoor practice building: Some of the steel framework has risen above the eastern rim of Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Completion date is set for late summer to early fall of 2014.
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