Preview 2018: Marshall Thundering Herd. Ready To Take Back The League

Preview 2018: Marshall Thundering Herd. Ready To Take Back The League

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Preview 2018: Marshall Thundering Herd. Ready To Take Back The League

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Best Marshall Offensive Player

WR Tyre Brady, Sr.
This could change in a really, really big hurry depending on who takes over the quarterback situation and how it all shakes out. It doesn’t matter who’s throwing the ball, the Herd have terrific target to help make the passing game even stronger.

The 6-3, 201-pound Brady is a big, tough, physical target who transferred in from Miami and caught 62 passes for 942 yards and eight scores.

He was feast-or-famine, exploding for 248 yards on NC State and ripping up Colorado State for 165 in the bowl win, but the upside is there to do far more.

2. C Levi Brown, Jr.
3. QB Alex Thomson, Sr.
4. QB Isaiah Green, Soph.
5. RB/KR Keion Davis, Sr.

Best Marshall Defensive Player

LB Chase Hancock, Sr.
From walk-on, to safety, to big-hitting linebacker, the 6-2, 221-pound veteran was a breakthrough star in 2016 with 69 tackles, and followed it up with a huge junior season, leading the team with 128 tackles with two sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss.

An all-star on the field and in the classroom, he’s the playmaker on the outside who gets in on everything, highlighted by a 17-stop day against FIU.

2. S Malik Gant, Jr.
3. DT Ryan Bee, Sr.
4. CB Chris Jackson, Jr.
5. LB Frankie Hernandez, Sr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

QB Alex Thomson, Sr. 
Or Isaiah Green. Either one can handle the work and make the Marshall offense even better, but the hope is for the 6-5, 225-pound Thomson to be worthy of all the hype. He’s got the size, the arm, and the smarts to become one of the hot free agent prospects on the grad transfer circuit.

He’ll have to keep the interceptions to a minimum – a problem when he was with the Seahawks – but all the tools are there to be amazing. But as this spring showed, Green is pretty good, too.

Key Game To The Marshall Season

Florida Atlantic, Oct. 20
It’s not an easy Conference USA slate. The Herd have to go to WKU and deal with Southern Miss and FIU on the road, too, but there’s no Louisiana Tech, and Middle Tennessee has to come to Huntington. To win the East, though, the Herd can’t biff the home date against the Fighting Kiffins.

4-0 all-time in the series going into last season, Marshall gave FAU a battle in a 30-25 loss. On the plus side, it was the closest anyone came to beating the eventual C-USA champs after September 23rd, but it was still a loss.

2017 Marshall Fun Stats

– MU 1st Quarter Scoring: 38 – MU 2nd Quarter Scoring: 137
– Sacks: Marshall 32 for 189 yards – Opponents 11 for 69 yards
– Punt Return Average: Opponents 3.9 yards – MU 1.9 yards

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