The Blazers are looking to punish right back, whether with big running backs Darrin Reaves and freshman Jordan Howard, or with the passing game. Last week's nine-pass game against MTSU was an extreme example; the Blazers still average close to 30 passes a game.
Speedster Jamarcus Nelson is an obvious emphasis. "Any given Saturday, he's the fastest guy on the field," said tight end Kennard Backman.
Still, Marshall is the big favorite and UAB is the underdog. Herd players want to uphold their role before the home fans.
Two promotions at the stadium today:
Retired Corporal Anton Slobodnik of Harpers Ferry was injured in Iraq on two different occasions in combat operations, winning two Purple Hearts and a long list of other military awards.
The Military Warriors Support Foundation, along with Ticketmaster and Chase Bank, have teamed with MU to recognize Slobodnik, his wife Diane and his three children, and fund the house.
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