"Definitely, you're in a game-winning drive and they come out with some defense that you haven't seen, you've got to tell them something because those guys are, 'Hey, what are we doing?' You've got to be prepared for every moment, and play with confidence. That's the biggest thing."
By all accounts, Selby has the confidence and his center study has given him a deeper understanding of both guard positions. And Jasperse said he has the physical tools and the proper attitude of an older blocker.
"He just goes and hits you hard and he goes 100 miles an hour," Jasperse said. "He's not scared to put his face in anywhere, and that's what you need in an O-lineman. He just runs right at you and he's not worried how big or small you are."
The O-line may have the tightest brotherhood on the team, at Marshall and any other school. The Herd's position motto is simply, "Five men, one mind."
So when one of them leaves the program, the reaction borders on mourning.
The departures of Jeffries and Lovell affected the unit along those lines. One was kind of expected; the other came out of the blue.
"Jeffries, he fought through some injuries for us," said Clint Van Horn, the Beckley native. "He battled hard. His hips, both of them are messed up but he's going to get surgery on the one. He fought for us, and we really, really appreciate it. That was more of an emotional leave for him, because we really, really needed him. . . .
"It was sad, because he was a fifth-year senior and he put so much in for this program.
"With Lovell, it was a shock to us, a surprise to me. I was close with Lovell, so that kind of hurt a little bit."
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