Curraj said the transition wasn't that hard. He said his soccer background blessed him with a strong leg that rarely tires, a trait that should have him kicking touchbacks deep in the Herd's season.
He has some work to do to kick field goals in a game, especially with well-entrenched junior Justin Haig ahead of him. Haig is 21 of 28 (75 percent) in career field goals and has hit all 89 of his extra points.
Curraj will keep plugging along, using much of the same techniques he learned in soccer.
"Even though it's a different shaped ball, you kick a soccer ball and you have to face forward, you have to keep your head down," he said. "You can't look up, can't open up your hips. Same thing in [football] - it's a different type of ball, but it's about the same mechanics."
But his chore with the Herd is different. He doesn't have to curl a round ball past a goalkeeper, or knock a pigskin between the uprights. All he needs for now is good hang time and 65-plus yards on distance on his kickoffs, enough to make returners take a knee.
And let his teammates jog to their positions, or the sidelines.
"It's better, because the defense starts on the 25 [-yard line]," Curraj said. "The players on the kickoff are usually our best players, and they usually get tired running from the 35 all the way down every time, especially with a high-scoring team.
"It's one burden that I can take away from them, and I'm glad I can."
Marshall punt returner Devon "Moo Moo" Smith was named national punt returner of the week by the College Football Performance Awards for his 77-yard punt return for a touchdown in the Herd's 24-23 win at Florida Atlantic. He also had three receptions for 50 yards, including a 35-yarder that set up the winning field goal.
Tight end Gator Hoskins was named to the John Mackey Award midseason watch list. He has five touchdowns, tied nationally for the lead among tight ends, and has 12 catches for 210 yards. His 41-yard catch and run on fourth-and-5 not only saved Marshall's hopes at FAU, it resulted in a TD and a 23-21 deficit.
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