So I didn’t get to see a ton of Marshall’s Monday morning practice, which you’ll have when you find out at 7:15 a.m. that practice begins at 7:45 a.m. and you live an hour away. By the way, if you’re interested in watching the Thundering Herd’s Wednesday or Friday morning practices, you’re waking up with the chickens. Those are scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m.
While the first practice of the day was in full pads, the second was in shells and the Herd focused on third-and-long situations. It looked pretty even, with the defense starting out with two straight sacks and the offense coming back to convert a couple of first downs. I’ve talked to some offensive players who feel the defense has improved a lot from last season. Frankly, it’s been showing in practices.
In some quick news, freshman receiver Josh Knight lost the red stripe on his helmet Monday afternoon. That red stripe signifies newcomers to the team and removing it symbolizes that a player has earned his spot. Marshall Coach Doc Holliday had some nice things to say about the Fort Pierce, Fla., wideout, calling him a “super young kid.” Also, linebacker Billy Mitchell didn’t practice Monday after suffering a concussion Saturday. They’ll be careful with his recovery. Mitchell missed six games last year to a concussion.
Check out charlestondailymail.com later tonight or Tuesday’s Daily Mail print edition for a column on the Frohnapfels and their mastery of the social media application Vine, plus a notebook looking at freshman wideout Justin Hunt, Monday’s early practice and the offensive line’s belly-busting trip to Hillbilly Hot Dogs.