MUFB2014_Camp6_Gunnar Holcombe
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—Doc Holliday answered one of the burning questions coming into preseason camp Tuesday afternoon by naming redshirt-sophomore Gunnar Holcombe the number two quarterback.

The position came up for grabs when rising senior Blake Frohnapfel chose to transfer to UMass after receiving his undergraduate degree at Marshall. Holcombe was in a position battle with true freshman Cole Garvin and neither separated himself from the other during spring drills. However during August camp it was clear Holcombe had a better handle on the offense than his younger counterpart.

“It is starting to sort itself,” Holliday said of the depth chart. “We’re not giving reps any more to the three’s and some of the three’s have become two’s.”

In the only open scrimmage of preseason camp, Holcombe erased any doubt that he should be the number two quarterback. Holcombe completed 11-of-22 for 151 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Garvin was 3-for-5 for 36 yards, a touchdown and a pick.

Incidentally, the same day Marshall named its backup quarterback, its former backup was named the starter at UMass. Blake Frohnapfel was named the starter for UMass’ season opener against Boston College.

“Over the course of my career, I’ve been really hoping for this. I’m glad I have the chance to start my first college game,” Frohnapfel told masslive.com. “It’ll be my first start, so there’s a certain pressure there. But it’s something I’ve been excited for a long time.”

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  • Jon

    OUTSTANDING!!!! Post Junius
    I understand the proximity to OSU and UK but what is the population in Huntington?
    It sure seems like there is 40-45 thousand Herd fans in Huntington.
    Sell that place out and go get a top twenty ranking this year.
    Good luck and have a great season.

  • Junius

    Jon
    Us Herd Fans are comfortable where we are, considering we have been D1 since '97, and have done pretty well for ourselves. What tickles us is the difference in the amount of money spent on both programs, the bulk of the state media(CHUM media-Charleston, Univ of Morgantown) the pop tax, the flagship swagger, etc . We have prospered on crumbs and bones. Could we stand more butts in seats? Yep, however, not many stadiums set .5 mile from OSU territory and 5 miles from UK territory. So we are backed in a corner geographically looking in one direction. A work in progress. We need to spend our energies dissing the national media stereotyping our fan bases and quit knocking each other. Again,who creeped who's comment section?

  • Jon

    Junius,
    "Flagship" is not a card. It is the truth. As far as the "skids" comment, yes we are rebuilding. We are rebuilding in the B12 conference not the CUSA for crying out loud. Watch what you say about WVU my man. Its WVU people that recruited your roster and has coached your dream team of CUSA all-stars. You should actually being thanking WVU. Besides, what’s wrong with being known as the little brother? I am not going to say Marshall doesn’t matter because a good CUSA Marshall team makes the state better but know your place young man.

  • Junius

    Jon has to play the "flagship" card when WVU is on the skids. I will have to look that up see if it is a drinking game.

  • Mister Man

    It's good to see Marshall fans posting and supporting the Herd.

  • Jon

    Great question and I knew that was coming.
    I was bored to tears at lunchtime. The fact that I read the article does not mean I care. Comeone guys, Marshall is not relevant to anyone except Huntington people. i actually have to question that because you are supposed to be "loyal" fans but yet you cannot sell out a 40, 000 seat stadium. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!
    I must admit though, I support Marshall unless they are playing the State Flagship University. (WVU)

    • Interesting123

      You are really bad at this. Nobody cares about Marshall yet SI, ESPN, CBS, and Fox are all working on or have ran stories about Cato. I am sure these national media groups are in the business of doing stories on things nobody cares about. Advertisers love to buy ads for things nobody watches.

      • UT Oh

        It's all about the money! Cato selling now as we write...

  • Jon

    Does anyone care (outside of Huntington) about Marshall and their backup QB? Does anyone care about their starting QB?

    • Jason

      since you cared enough to read the article, does that mean you live in Huntington?

    • Justin

      I am a WVU fan and I can say that I care. I have lived in WV all of life. While WVU comes first for me, I want to see Marshall succeed too. I wish them the best of luck this season. I wish Cato luck in his Heisman campaign too.

      • Jason

        That is because you do not feel like if Marshall has success it somehow makes WVU look bad...for some reason...there are people out there that feel that way...so they must try to mitigate any type of success at all Marshall has to make themselves feel better about the team they like...very odd...I know.

    • TP

      Actually, people care about this on the other side of the world as well. I'm in Europe (and am not American either, btw) and follow college football to the extent that this is paid attention to. I'm not alone in caring, either, troll.

    • Junius

      Jon contradicted himself and was caught trolling. But, the police blotter with Hugs and Holgs is more interesting for sure.

    • Interesting123

      Considering Sports Illustrated did a several page article on Marshall's starting QB I would have to say yes people do care outside of Huntington.

    • T.D.

      If you didn't care, why did you read the article?