HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall receiver Tommy Shuler is well-known for his football savvy, which the ordinary-looking junior used to catch 110 passes last year.
While recovering from a foot injury, he has tried hard to pass that on to his fellow receivers. The help is most welcomed by receivers coach Mike Furrey, except maybe for . . .
"Except he wanted to be paid as a coach during practice," Furrey joked. "And we told him he's on full ride and we're giving him books, too, so he's got a paycheck. I tell you what, Tommy's a great player - we all know that, he's caught a lot of balls last year, had a great season last year.''
Being a first-year Thundering Herd assistant, Furrey entered the program with some familiarity with his receivers via video, but otherwise had a clean slate. He learned something about Shuler besides his ability to slip between defenders to get open.
"I think the biggest thing people don't understand is two things: One, he's the biggest - him and Cato, some of the biggest competitors I've ever been around," Furrey said. "And number two, Tommy's a big-time team guy. He loves watching other guys succeed, and he holds a standard of himself like that."
The Herd's scrimmage Saturday will begin at 7 p.m., leaving observers to try to recall another preseason get-together with a nighttime start.
It's new for coach Doc Holliday, at least at Marshall, but he gave a simple reason.
"What we want to get done there is a normal game day," Holliday said. "A lot of guys for the first time, playing a [collegiate] night game - we open up with Miami [Ohio], it's 7 o'clock at night. So we'll keep the same schedule during Saturday that we would during a regular game day. Brunch and meetings will be same, the whole deal."