Sorry about no video, y’all. The wind was whipping around so much on the field you could barely hear half the interview.
Marshall’s offense brought the energy Thursday after the defense had scored the upper hand for most of the two practices prior. Two of the units top highlights came from Penn State transfer wide receiver Shawney Kersey. Kersey struggled during Marshall’s first scrimmage last Saturday, suffering through a case of the dropsies. But he had two great catches Thursday.
The first came from a long pass across the middle, where he sidestepped a couple of tacklers and darted into the end zone. To celebrate, he finished with goalpost-shaking dunk that really got the offense’s sideline going. Later in the practice, he made a long, leaping grab about 25 yards down the far sideline.
Kersey said that through extra work before and after practice, he’s back to playing at a level he knows he can play.
If you come out and watch practice every day, there’s going to be a day — maybe two days, maybe three days — where you may have bad practices. But you’ve just got to keep going after it, keep working at it. Don’t give up just because you had one bad practice. You can only get better. I want to go forward, so I’m just going to keep pushing forward and not worry about any mistakes or anything that happened in the past.
Rakeem Cato didn’t just have a good day throwing the ball. He had a good day running as well. Cato picked up a couple of long first downs with his legs … and his first down celebration was quite a smooth one. It wasn’t the hard, chopping first-down signal, more of a fluid pointing.
After practice, four players lost the red stripes on their helmets that signify newcomers — DBs Corey Tindal and Shawn Samuels, DL Ken Smith and OL Tyler Combs. That’s pretty good for Tindal and Combs, considering both of them just arrived on campus in January.
That’s all from here before Saturday’s second scrimmage of the spring. Remember, that’s open only to those showing valid Big Green membership cards or copies of their season ticket renewal forms. Check out charlestondailymail.com later tonight or Friday’s print edition of the Daily Mail for a notebook that includes reaction from both Holliday and AD Mike Hamrick about the announcement that the Marshall Board of Governors approved Thursday the contract to build the new indoor practice facility.