Marshall’s football team concluded its first week of spring practice by donning full pads for the first time. Head Coach Doc Holliday said coaches are never satisfied walking off the practice field, because either the defense gets the best of the offense or vice versa. Yet there were some things he liked from the first full-contact practice of the spring.
“I thought there was some good effort,” he said. “I thought they weren’t afraid to put their face in there. We have a lot of things to get corrected and a lot of things to get better at, but I thought that offensive line, I think they’re starting to come. I’m seeing some good things.”
The line helped running back Kevin Grooms have a pretty good day. He scored three touchdowns during red-zone running drills and displayed the moves that made him Conference USA freshman of the year.
(I asked Grooms whether he and fellow speedster Devon Smith have gone head to head in a foot race. He said it hasn’t happened yet, but it’s on the books when Smith is fully healed from foot surgery.)
There weren’t a ton of big hits on the first day, though linebacker Jermaine Holmes had a pretty good one during tackling drills against Essray Taliaferro. I’m sure we’ll see more as the spring progresses.
The Herd goes Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday next week. And look Sunday night on charlestondailymail.com and in Monday’s print edition of the Daily Mail for a story on Marshall’s running backs,l as they prepare to shoulder more responsibility in Marshall’s offense.