"You can't fall off of him if you're a 220-pound linebacker. You've got to wrap him up; he's a physically imposing guy, for sure."
The Herd must handle an equally inspired Tech special-teams unit, probably still stung by giving up two return touchdowns against Alabama three weeks ago. DeAndre Reaves may get the kickoff return chores to himself today, while Devon "Moo Moo" Smith is eager to show his speed on punt returns.
And from his receiver position. Smith's presence gives Marshall one speed advantage on many plays, and a few explosive plays could take the heat off dependable targets Tommy Shuler and Gator Hoskins.
That's one of several subplots of MU's offense vs. Tech's defense, arguably today's most interesting matchup. To get a sniff of the end zone, Herd receivers must do better than ECU's did in getting open. Rushing for more than ECU's 46 yards would help.
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"But you've still got to block those cheetah cats that play end," Legg said. "You've got to block those 300-pound defensive tackles that are quick. You've still got to get up to a linebacker who's going to meet you in the hole every time you run the football. You've still got to accelerate off the football when you're running routes, execute your routes.
"That part of it doesn't change. If you're going to beat them, you're going to have to execute."
That and play with some passion, whether the game is suspenseful or a mismatch.
"If you don't love playing a game like this, you probably shouldn't be in this profession," Legg said. "Or you shouldn't be playing in it, whatever the case may be."
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