The offense had another strong day Saturday during the Marshall football team’s practice. This one had a healthy showing of fans who watched under beautiful blue skies and warming temperatures. Among the highlights was third-team quarterback Gunnar Holcombe hitting Chris Alston Jr. across the middle for a quick-strike touchdown. Several offensive players came off the sideline to celebrate, including receiver Tommy Shuler, whose celebratory dance was … unique.
That wasn’t the flashiest thing Shuler did all day. On one play, he took a short pass up the near sideline, stopped and cut across the field, taking the ball close to the goal line. Quarterback Rakeem Cato was even out there to block, but no defender was crazy enough to take a whack at him. Shuler had a few strong catches across the middle and Cato looked sharp the entire practice.
Not to be outdone, running backs Kevin Grooms and Steward Butler had a couple of sizzling plays. Each had a long run full of feints and cuts. The defense succeeded at times as well, applying pretty good pressure in passing downs. Darryl Roberts had a nice interception, snatching out of the air a deflection off receiver Shawney Kersey.
Linebacker Kent Turene was on the field Saturday in uniform, but also wearing a protective boot on his left foot and walking on crutches. He injured his ankle Thursday, and Coach Doc Holliday said it might be a couple of weeks before he’s ready to return. Safety Shawn Samuels was not at practice following a death in the family. I also was told quarterback Kevin Anderson missed practice Saturday because he was back in Florida at his high school prom. Remember, Kevin, powder blue tuxes are a good look for no one.
That’s all for now. Check Sunday night on charlestondailymail.com or in Monday’s print edition of the Daily Mail for a story on new defensive coordinator Chuck Heater and how the Thundering Herd’s defense is trying to rebound from last season.