Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MARSHALL FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK ; Holliday: Herd's Effort Not to Blame for Loss to Ohio

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MARSHALL FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK ; Holliday: Herd's Effort Not to Blame for Loss to Ohio

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HUNTINGTON - As the saying goes in college football, games are won not on Saturdays, but on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. But not all the time.

In his weekly press conference Tuesday, Marshall coach Doc Holliday said he didn't see his team let down last week in its preparation to play Ohio. He said the Herd did not appear tired, mentally or physically, from its win over Purdue the previous week.

After its 21-10 loss to Ohio, the issue begged to be brought up.

"I didn't see that. If you turn the film on, defense ran around just like they ran around against Purdue, Holliday said. "Special teams, they made 10 out of 12 calls. So the team goes up there, and I thought they had a great week of practice. We spent time in the cold tubs and a lot of different things.

"But I didn't see practice Tuesday and Wednesday any different than before the Purdue game [a 41-31 win]. If you go up there and your entire team, offense, defense and special teams, doesn't play well and they're not running around, I would say, You know what? That was an issue.'

"I didn't see that; I didn't see an effort issue. The offensive line, with the exception of a couple of times, blocked them pretty well. & [But] you can't have penalties.

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Team captains for the 3:30 p.m. home game Saturday against Norfolk State: defensive tackle Jarquez Samuel, cornerback Corey Tindal, wide receiver Davonte Allen and center Michael Selby.

Selby has been a captain all three weeks, while Samuel is serving for the second time.

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Marshall has had several injuries in the first two weeks, mostly on defense. Among them are linebacker Shawn Petty, who has yet to make his MU debut; safety A.J. Leggett, who barely played against Purdue; defensive tackle Tomell One; and nickel back Chris Williams- Hall.

One and Williams-Hall missed the Ohio game.

Right guard Nate Devers, the season-opening starter, may have been less than 100 percent as he was surpassed by the duo of Jordan Dowrey and Cody Collins. …

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