HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—It is only mid-April but Marshall’s offense operated as if it was mid-October in the team’s first scrimmage of spring workouts. The Herd’s offense ran 96 plays in the ninth spring practice and looked like an a unit led by Conference USA’s reigning Offensive Player of the Year.

Quarterback Rakeem Cato threw for 324 yards, two touchdowns and ran for another.

“That’s a good thing for the offense, but as a head coach – it upsets you for your defense,” said coach Doc Holliday. “But you know what, he’s really good. There’s a reason he is among the top players returning in the nation, he’s accurate, he likes to compete.”

The offense racked up nearly 550 yards on the afternoon, averaging 5.7 yards per play. The rushing attack gained 104 yards on 40 carries. Remi Watson was the leading rusher with 23 yards on seven rushes.

While the offense looked impressive it did have a decided advantage over the defense. Defensive Coordinator Chuck Heater didn’t have some of his starters that will be there this fall. Evan McKelvey didn’t play. James Rouse was out. Darryl Roberts and Neville Hewitt were sidelined for the scrimmage. Heater also stuck with a basic look and didn’t blitz as he tried to set a base package for the defense.

“Yeah, Chuck is looking at a couple of things, Chuck and the staff visited some other places and are taking a look at things,” Holliday said. “Anytime No. 12 is in there, he can make a lot of people look bad.”

“The defense made some plays. They will get better, I don’t worry about Chuck, we’ve got a lot of guys back. The young guys (at quarterback), they have to learn to count 7 in the box, to get better at doing some things that seem like pretty simple things to us as coaches, but young guys out there, they just have to learn to make some adjustments on runs, passes, but they will be fine.”

The Herd will be back to work with practice on Tuesday and Thursday and will scrimmage again Friday afternoon.

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  • Aaron

    The record for highest average yards per game is 624.9 yards per game set by Houston in 1989

    The record for most yards in a season also belongs to Houston as their offense totaled 8,387 yards over 14 games in 2011.

    With the offense and the schedule, both records could belong to Marshall by the end of this season.

  • GO WVU

    Date Opponent Result
    Aug. 30 at Miami-OH TBA
    Look at this meatgrinder of schedule!!LMAO!!! The Groan will be rocking those 2,000 fans again!! LOL

    Date Opponent Result
    Aug. 30 at Miami-OH TBA

    Sep. 6 Rhode Island TBA
    Sep. 13 Ohio TBA
    Sep. 20 at Akron TBA
    Oct. 4 at Old Dominion TBA
    Oct. 11 Middle Tenn. TBA
    Oct. 18 at Florida Int'l TBA
    Oct. 25 Florida Atlantic TBA
    Nov. 8 at Southern Miss. TBA
    Nov. 15 Rice TBA
    Nov. 22 at UAB TBA
    Nov. 28 Western Kentucky TBA

    • Aaron

      Honestly, I'm a WVU student and fan who happened to grow up following Marshall and while I do not have much love for MU due to the Johnny come lately's of the 90's, is there really any reason for you to post stuff like that on a Marshall story?

    • Steve

      Hey GO WVU...

      Don't worry we would welcome you as a fan of the HERD...

      Come on board.

      • GO WVU

        I don't follow pee wee football.

  • Brett

    The defense has to build and improve on last year. No other options. You cannot force the offense to carry all the weight all the time.

  • Mister Man

    I agree with all the other posts.