The Herd didn’t conduct a scrimmage Saturday, but it was certainly scrimmage-ish. The team went 11-on-11 for the vast majority of the time.
One thing that stood out almost instantly was that Devon Johnson, who became a Marshall running back the day before camp began, was working with the first team today. Doc Holliday said he wanted someone he could trust in the backfield to block, and it’s obvious he has great trust in Johnson, whose first two plays were a 25-yard run and a leaping catch out of the backfield.
Gunnar Holcombe and Cole Garvin each got plenty of reps behind Rakeem Cato. Holcombe came out first, but the snaps seemed to even out as the practice went on. Both had some pretty nice throws this afternoon, long passes to guys like Josh Knight and Rodney Allen. Ryan Yurachek also made some nice plays Saturday. With Eric Frohnapfel and Deon-Tay McManus available, I’d be surprised if Yurachek doesn’t redshirt, but you can see the promise he has for the future.
(Speaking of backup tight ends, Joe Woodrum didn’t do too bad for himself either. He caught passes in traffic and didn’t hesitate to put his shoulder into someone.)
Justin Haig and Nick Smith look like they’ll have a spirited competition for the kicking job this year. Both were quite accurate on Saturday. The punting job isn’t up for grabs, but that hasn’t stopped Tyler Williams from shining. He uncorked a rugby-style punt that sailed about 57 yards.
Sunday is Fan Day from 4-6 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. There also will be a special announcement of some sort. No truth to the rumor that the indoor complex will be named after me.
Or is there?