The Marshall football team had a pretty lively practice Thursday, especially at the end when the Thundering Herd got into 11-on-11 drills. Coach Doc Holliday liked what he saw on both offense and defense, and both sides came up with some pretty exciting plays.
A fun note from the drills before that 11-on-11 session: The running backs were going through a drill that had them hopping on one foot over a line of cones while running backs Coach Thomas Brown poked at the football cradled in their arms. During one of Kevin Rodriguez’s turns, he lost a shoe. He didn’t, however, lose the football.
During 11-on-11 time, backup quarterback Blake Frohnapfel dropped a pretty pass into an in-stride DeAndre Reaves’ hands for a touchdown. Running back Kevin Grooms took a handoff, made a few nifty moves then sprinted away from the defense. Starting QB Rakeem Cato had a nice pass of his own, hitting Demetrius Evans in traffic in the red zone.
Not to be outdone, defensive back Corey Tindal had a nifty interception, snatching the ball from the air after it bounced off receiver Jack Gammon’s hands. Cato then tossed another nice pass, this time on the run, lofting it to an outstretched Tommy Shuler. From our vantage point on the opposite side of the field, it looked like Shuler was inbounds.
Linebacker Kent Turene had an abbreviated practice. Trainers were looking at his left foot and ankle when he limped out of inside running drills, and he didn’t return. Holliday said Turene should be fine, but we’ll see if he practices Saturday.
Speaking of Saturday, Marshall wants fans coming to the Herd’s 9:15 a.m. Saturday practice to enter through Gate D and sit in the east side of the stadium. Construction continues on the Joan’s press box to add luxury boxes to the third floor. If you’re around, stop by and say hi. We ink-stained wretches of the media will be right there in the stands with you.
Check tonight on charlestondailymail.com or in Friday’s Daily Mail print edition for a notebook including items on the returning A.J. Leggett and Swedish import Sebastian Johansson, who has been impressing coaches so far this spring. A video interview with “Big Swede” is below.