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Akron defense stern test for Herd

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HUNTINGTON — By all accounts, Marshall’s 10-yards-a-minute offense will face its toughest test to date Saturday when it lines up against Akron.

The Zips (1-1) have played ...

UC men’s soccer outlasts Notre Dame in extra time

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With the University of Charleston soccer team in command everywhere but the scoreboard, it was time to send everything and everybody to the opposing goal.

Enter Andrew Harrison.

The 5-foot-10 junior from Wash...

Loss a learning experience for Akron’s Pohl

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A three-point performance generally doesn’t bode well for an offense, but Akron quarterback Kyle Pohl partially begs to differ.

The opponent two weeks ago was Penn State, but the Zips didn’t get blown...

Herd getting first look at InfoCision Stadium

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When Marshall last traipsed into Akron, Ohio, for the purpose of playing football, Election Day was a long weekend away and the Buckeye State was ground zero in the 2004 presidential race between George W. Bush and John ...

Marshall notebook: Plays down, yards up for Herd

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HUNTINGTON — Not that it has mattered much on the stat sheet or the scoreboard, but Marshall isn’t running so many plays these days.

The Thundering Herd shocked the system...

Hot Herd takes on Bowden-coached Akron next

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In a weird sort of way, it may be fitting for this year’s Marshall team to face a head coach named Bowden.

The last time that happened was 1999, when the Thundering Herd faced Tommy Bowden’s Clemson t...

Marshall’s Mendelson fills in, gets job done

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HUNTINGTON — For four-plus long years, Trevor Mendelson has gone against the grain of today’s instant-gratification trends.

Way back in 2010, he and center Chris Jasperse ...

Cato leads Herd to 44-14 romp over Ohio

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HUNTINGTON — Marshall didn’t just snatch the Bell trophy from Ohio on Saturday, the Thundering Herd all but stole the Bobcats’ lunch money. Or per-diem allowance, if you ...

Marshall notebook: Cato put on a show after ESPN feature

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HUNTINGTON — Hours after he was the subject of an emotional feature which aired on ESPN GameDay, Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato made another spectacular contribution to his highlight...

C-USA notebook: Holtz has Louisiana Tech on the rise

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Members of Conference USA, take heed: Skip Holtz is back.

The perpetually talkative son of ESPN’s soon-to-retire “Dr. Lou” appears to have Louisiana Tech on the fast track to contention. His Bu...

Defense looks like Ohio’s strength

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HUNTINGTON — Of those listed as a starter or co-starter on Ohio’s defensive depth chart, 11 of 16 are seniors or fourth-year juniors.

Do the Bobcats ever get young on that...

Marshall notebook: Vick gets the call at QB for Ohio

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HUNTINGTON — Ohio is sticking with its original first-string quarterback this week, as Derrius Vick was named the starter for Saturday’s game against Marshall.

Kickoff tim...

Early start pays off for Marshall freshman Addison

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HUNTINGTON — As attention shifts to A.J. Addison possibly playing his third game as a true freshman on Marshall’s offensive line, it’s important to remember the advantage...

 Herd spared wrath of Tettleton

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HUNTINGTON — On one hand, Marshall is done with facing Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton.

The bad memories from three losses linger, but the Thundering Herd does not have to see h...

Marshall notebook: Rouse only Herd player to taste victory vs. OU

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HUNTINGTON — Just so you know: James Rouse had four tackles and a half tackle for loss in Marshall’s 24-23 win over Ohio in 2010.

Then sporting No. 92, Rouse was a redshir...

Herd players vow to be ready for Ohio

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HUNTINGTON — As Marshall players turn their focus to Ohio, the irritation builds. The aggravation festers.

Three losses in a row to a rival will do that. Watching opposing player...

Ohio coach not naming starting QB

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When it plays Ohio this Saturday, Marshall players won’t have quarterback Tyler Tettleton to kick them around anymore.

After scoring 20 points in two weeks, the Bobcats aren’t sure which would-be succ...

Slow-starting Herd sloshes to victory

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HUNTINGTON — Marshall easily overcame three turnovers and an ugly first half to pummel Rhode Island 48-7 Saturday night before 25,106 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

The Thundering H...

MU officials christen Cline Athletic Center

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HUNTINGTON — His name permanently affixed to Marshall’s much-anticipated indoor practice facility, Chris Cline told a few stories on how it might bolster the Thundering Herd...

Herd hosts long-suffering Rhode Island

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HUNTINGTON — A week after Marshall dealt with a third-quarter fizzle, the mission today is this: Make the third quarter irrelevant.

That could, probably should happen when the Th...

Conference USA notebook: UTSA gave Arizona a scare

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In the space of five days, Texas-San Antonio and its army of seniors have everybody’s full attention in Conference USA, and beyond.

Last weekend, the Roadrunners (1-1) turned Houston’s stadium dedicat...

Frohnapfel came up big for Herd in opener

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HUNTINGTON — When Marshall tight end Eric Frohnapfel caught a touchdown pass despite essentially wearing a defender last weekend, he impressed coaches and teammates alike.

Then a...

Marshall notebook: Herd stayed away from panic button

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HUNTINGTON — Maybe Marshall shouldn’t have let its last opponent regain life in the third quarter last weekend, but the Thundering Herd eventually closed out Miami (Ohio) in the...

Marshall foe Rhode Island comes in Saturday with new coach

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HUNTINGTON — If you want some hints why Rhode Island has a new coach this year, let us drop a few:

n The previous coach, Joe Trainer, went 12-44 in...

MU football: Allen switched to CB

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HUNTINGTON — With the outside receiver spots suddenly considered deep and the cornerback position not as much, Marshall coaches shifted Rodney Allen from cornerback to wide receiver.

Rhode Island presents another mystery

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HUNTINGTON — For the second week in a row, Marshall coaches had to watch clips from lots and lots of games, a product of watching many teams.

For the second week in a row, the Th...

Herd’s Johnson effective, even without the ball

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HUNTINGTON — Devon Johnson ran for 151 yards in Marshall’s opening game Saturday, but his best run may have been the one where he wasn’t carrying the ball.

The Thun...

‘Rock,’ Cato restore order in MU win over Miami

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OXFORD, Ohio — After a dismal third quarter in which Marshall was threatened by a team with a 16-game losing streak, it fell to Devon Johnson and Rakeem Cato to restore order.

Which they did in the final 15 ...

Marshall notebook: Fourth-down stops key to Herd win

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OXFORD, Ohio — Marshall’s defense was bent over backward at times in its 42-27 win Saturday over Miami (Ohio), but stiffened at certain critical times.

Those included fourth downs. The Thundering Herd...

Cabell Midland drubs Riverside

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ONA — Riverside began its season by kicking off from the wrong yard line, and things quickly deteriorated from there Saturday night at Cabell Midland.

The Knights scored twice in the first 1:45 and never let...

Marshall faces unknowns in opener at Miami

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OXFORD, Ohio — If you were really cynical about Marshall’s football schedule, you could call this the first of 12 “trap” games.

Wisecracks aside, today’s contest at Miami (Ohio) w...

C-USA notebook: ‘Have-nots’ looking for a dose of power

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Call them “BCS” schools, the “BCS AQ” teams or the “Power 5” programs. Any way you name them, they will make Conference USA teams struggle.

That’s the way college fo...

Marshall notebook: Haig, Smith still battling for kicking job

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HUNTINGTON — The Justin Haig-Nick Smith field-goal kicking battle has gone into overtime.

It may even be declared a tie.

That possibility was raised twice this week, first ...

Herd foe Miami counting on defense

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HUNTINGTON — Lost deep in Marshall’s 52-14 shelling of Miami (Ohio) a year ago is this: The visiting RedHawks put forth a fair defensive effort in the first 30 minutes, forging ...

Holliday likes Herd’s depth

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HUNTINGTON — To illustrate the mixture of Marshall’s veteran presence and raw youth, consider the season’s first depth chart.

There are 16 seniors on the sort-of-tw...

Marshall notebook: Jean-Louis gets starting nod at ‘Z’

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HUNTINGTON — With his gold upper teeth and without his rookie stripe, Marshall’s Angelo Jean-Louis is beginning his college football career as a starting wide receiver.

As...

Hendrix plays 27th game, but gets first start vs. Herd

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HUNTINGTON — Quarterback Andrew Hendrix presents a paradox at Miami (Ohio) — you could say he’s a veteran rookie.

The 6-foot-2, 221-pound graduate transfer and nati...

Herd ready for whatever RedHawks throw out

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HUNTINGTON — When Marshall takes on Miami (Ohio) in football for the 43rd time Saturday afternoon, the Thundering Herd faces perhaps an unprecedented puzzle.

The RedHawks have a ...

Marshall notebook: Depth on scout team a plus for Herd

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HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s fifth edition of preseason camp under coach Doc Holliday ended Saturday, though that practice was more game prep than anything.

But today the atten...

Jean-Felix ready for big role on Herd line

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HUNTINGTON — Let’s dispel the myth right now: Marshall tackle Sandley Jean-Felix cannot tie his shoes while standing straight up.

But he doesn’t have to bend over t...

Changes aplenty for Miami, Herd’s opening foe

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The theme of the football program at Miami (Ohio) is change. Major, earthquake-type change.

When you’ve lost 16 games in a row, radical change is the only way to operate.

The obvious change is in the c...

Marshall football: Frohnapfels separated but still tight

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HUNTINGTON — The time has come for the brothers Frohnapfel to become leaders of their football team. They will do so at two different campuses, but they will lead nonetheless.

At...

Holcombe slides into Herd’s backup QB job

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HUNTINGTON — As the newly crowned backup quarterback, Gunnar Holcombe has that “one heartbeat from the presidency” role at Marshall.

That analogy may be over-dramat...

Leggett works his way back from injuries

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HUNTINGTON — Ah, yes, the dreaded high ankle sprain. The bigger, badder brother of the “conventional” ankle sprain, and the robber of football seasons everywhere.

A...

Herd receivers steal scrimmage spotlight

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HUNTINGTON — It remains to be seen whether Marshall can get the production it needs from its outside receivers, but they showed some ability to strike quickly on Saturday.

In the...

Herd’s Shuler making career out of first-down receptions

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HUNTINGTON — A 66-reception season would put you in a pretty high position on the college football stat charts in any given year.

Even when averaged over a 14-game season, you wo...

MU notebook: Backup QB battle front and center during scrimmage

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HUNTINGTON — With the season opener at Miami (Ohio) two weeks away, Marshall fans get their last chance to see their team in the preseason tonight, with a few position battles on full ...

Herd’s Hewitt does a number on stat crews

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HUNTINGTON — The toughest adjustment to Marshall linebacker Neville Hewitt’s switch to jersey No. 6 could come for the stat crew of the first opponent, Miami (Ohio).

When ...

Daniel works his way back at Marshall

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HUNTINGTON — Battling just to keep his Marshall career alive six months ago, Armonze Daniel is now closer to a starting job at defensive end.

Not that he has clinched his place f...

Marshall notebook: Reaves added to the mix at wide receiver

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HUNTINGTON — The doors to Marshall’s outside receiver positions are wide open, and Deandre Reaves figures he might as well run through them.

Anything to get on the field.<...