The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Marshall Thundering Herd.
No. 72: Marshall Thundering Herd
Spring Practice Starts: March 27
Spring Game: April 28
Marshall Thundering Herd Spring Status
It wasn’t quite the season the team might have like – losing four of the last five regular season games – but after going 3-9 in 2016, winning eight games and taking down Colorado State in a thriller of a bowl game was more than good enough.
QB Chase Litton left early for the NFL, but the Thundering Herd might have upgraded with Wagner transfer Alex Thomson coming in. The receiving corps is loaded, all five starters are back up front, and the running game should be special.
The defense is just as loaded with nine starters back, only missing a few defensive backs.
Everything is there to win the Conference USA title, and everything is there for the first league championship since 2014.
Marshall Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Kicker. Outside of TE Ryan Yurachek, it’s the team’s one giant loss – Kaare Vedvik. He did everything for the kicking game, averaging over 44 yards per punt, handling the kickoffs, and hitting 10-of-16 field goals and 41-of-42 field goals. The hope is for Robert LeFevre to be ready to take over the placekicking job, but it’ll be a battle for the punting duties.
Marshall Biggest Issue
Turnovers. The offense had way, way too many problems turning the ball over in the second half of the year. It gave it up 23 times on the season, and 15 times in the last six games. On the year, the Herd won the turnover battle, or was even, six times, and was 6-0 when they did. and was 2-5 when it lost it.
Marshall Biggest Positive
The passing game should be amazing. As long as Thomson is as good as the hype – he’s got the NFL upside – the passing game might just be even more dangerous. Losing Yurachek hurts, but Tyre Brady and the top four wide receivers are back. There should be explosion, variety, and consistency. This group should produce against everyone.
Really, Why Are The Marshall Thundering Herd Ranked Here?
The Herd beat a whole lot of bad teams. They managed to come up with victories over Middle Tennessee, WKU, and Colorado State – yawn. This year, they should be good enough to beat the stronger ones, too.