With three weeks of spring practice in the books, Coach Doc Holliday is pleased with the progress his team has made so far, given the limited numbers the Thundering Herd have had to practice with. Holliday says the offense has continued to grow, including quarterbacks Eddie Sullivan and A.J. Graham.
“I think we’ve got as much out of these guys each practice that we could,” says Holliday.
Injuries have plagued The Herd throughout spring practice, with the wideouts being hit especially hard.
“If you can catch a pass we’ll put you out there,” joked Holliday.
Running backs Tron Martinez and Essray Taliaferro were impressive once again in Friday’s practice showing the ability to make quick cuts and possessing explosiveness out of the backfield.
“Those guys have had an excellent spring, they’re great backs and we’re thrilled with them,” praised Holliday.
Quarterbacks Eddie Sullivan and A.J. Graham showed more flashes of potential, but at the same time caused a few more grey hairs for Coach Holliday. Sullivan threw a couple of strikes down the field, but also threw in double coverages and in the direction of receivers that were not open.
Graham rifled a bullet over the middle to Troy Evans, hitting the senior receiver in stride for a touchdown. However, just a few plays earlier Graham was pressured and threw off his back foot and into coverage.
“I want the quarterbacks to continue to grow and make good decisions and not turn the ball over,” commented Holliday after practice.
Marshall is back on the turf Saturday morning at 10:00 for an intersquad scrimmage. It will be the players’ second chance this spring to get on the field with coaches positioning them and barking plays in their ears. Holliday wants to see if both sides of the ball have progressed.
“I want to see the offense continue to improve and I think it has. I want the defense to go out there and play with great enthusiasm and be extremely tough and tackle well,” says Holliday.
Marshall can’t catch a break in the injury department. Sophomore defensive lineman Marques Aiken tripped over a curb and sprained his ankle and was held out of practice Friday. Instead he watched from the sidelines standing on crutches with his foot in a boot.
Also absent from practice was freshman Conelius Jones. He was tending to some family issues back home.