As for the pecking order among the running backs for the season opener, Marshall coach Doc Holliday isn't worried about it: "I'm not too concerned there who's one, two or three, they're all going to play. Just like a year ago, when you throw a fresh back in there every other series or whatever, we'll be able to rotate them, that's a good thing."
After practice, Holliday himself peeled the red stripe - signifying "rookie" status - off the helmets of linebacker Neville Hewitt and center Michael Selby. Hewitt is a 6-2, 220-pound junior-college transfer who has impressed right off the bat, while Selby's a 6-2, 275-pound true freshman who has stepped in on the second string for the injured Cam Dees.
The decision to remove a newcomer's red stripe is generally made or heavily influenced by his teammates' lobbying.
"We went to Coach Holliday as an O-line, and we told him, 'We think he deserves to take his stripe off,' " first-string center Chris Jasperse said of Selby. "He's running with the 'twos' and he's putting a lot of time and effort into it and learning all the calls. He's made it a priority, and you can tell by the way he's playing."
As for Hewitt, Holliday said, "He came in here in May. As I told the team, he got in here and never said a word - kept his mouth shut and went to work every day. From day one on the practice field, you noticed him."
Linebacker Billy Mitchell remains out after the concussion he suffered in the Herd's first scrimmage, Aug. 10. It's tough to tell when or if he'll be back - remember, he missed the first half of the 2012 season with a concussion.
Another linebacker, Stefan Houston, remains injured from Saturday's scrimmage.
"He's the same old deal," Holliday said. "Anytime you [injure] an ankle, you think it's a couple of weeks, at least, but who knows? He'll be all right."
Monday's temperature sneaked into the low 80s, which felt warm compared to the recent cooler weather. Today's predicted high is 88, which pleases Holliday.
You can pencil in some variation of Holliday's quote for every college football coach: "I think it's going to get hot all week, which is good for us. I think we need some heat."
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