Preview 2019: Marshall. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

Preview 2019: Marshall. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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Preview 2019: Marshall. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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4. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MARSHALL DEFENSE

The Thundering Herd D was terrific, allowing 20 points or fewer seven times in the last 12 games and was amazing at taking the ball away. Just enough starters are gone to be annoying, and the top three tacklers are done, but …

The secondary should be a plus. It loses big-tackler Malik Gant, but corner Chris Jackson is back after making 61 stops, and junior Nazeeh Johnson returns to his free safety spot. The hope is for 51-tackle junior Brandon Drayton can step in for Gant, and senior Kereon Merrell returns at the other corner gig. There’s good enough depth to play around with the alignment. The defensive backfield is good, but …

– After finishing second in Conference USA against the run, most of the starters are gone off the front seven. Fortunately, 268-pound senior Channing Hames is back after earning all-star honors as the team’s devastating interior pass rusher.

There will be some moving around with senior Ty Tyler versatile enough to play anywhere up front after coming up with 44 stops, and hoping for sophomore Darius Hodge to grow into more of a pass rusher with a bigger job on the outside.

– Even with the loss of the starters from the linebacking corps, it’ll be fine, just young and without any depth to count on right away. It starts with Omari Cobb a veteran who finished fifth on the team with 60 tackles, and 250-pound junior Jaquan Yulee has to be a thumper now that he moves into a likely starting role.

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