Another day, another pair of practices for the Marshall football team. Both offense and defense had their moments, some of the offense’s moments coming from running back Essray Taliaferro, who had a couple of nifty touchdown runs in red zone drills. That’s good, considering running back Kevin Grooms pulled up lame during one drill and spent the rest of the practice with a walking boot on his left foot. Coach Doc Holliday said Grooms would be fine, as would corner Keith Baxter, who had a walking boot on his right foot for the entire afternoon practice.
Thursday was the last for the Herd to solely wear shoulder pads. The team goes to full pads Friday for one session with the whole team. Holliday doesn’t figure the defense will tackle to the ground Friday, letting them go full bore for the scrimmage on Saturday morning.
Check charlestondailymail.com later tonight or Friday’s print edition of the Daily Mail for a story on Marshall’s revamped coaching staff and how the new and old coaches have meshed. Also look for a notebook discussing the NCAA’s new targeting rules. And I’ll be looking skyward to see if the rain we mostly dodged Thursday afternoon returns Friday.