Marshall Thundering Herd College Football Preview 2021: Top Players
Best Marshall Thundering Herd Offensive Player
QB Grant Wells, RFr.
It wasn’t a total shocker that he took over the starting job after coming to the program as one of the better quarterback recruits in a long time, but he still made a big splash right out of the gate once he got his shot.
It was only Eastern Kentucky, but Wells rocked in the opening with 307 yards and four scores, bombing away for over 13 yards per pass. He sputtered at times – he struggled to get anything going in the win over Appalachian State and the loss to UAB – and the five interceptions against Rice were a total meltdown.
He’s still accurate, he still has a world of upside, and he’s going to keep getting better as the face of the franchise for the next few years.
2. TE Xavier Gaines, Sr.
3. WR Corey Gammage, Soph.
4. OG Alex Mollette, Sr.
5. WR Willie Johnson, Sr.
Best Marshall Thundering Herd Defensive Player
CB Steven Gilmore, Jr.
Marshall has a loaded group of defensive backs returning, and Gilmore is the star of the show. The 5-11, 175-pounder came up with 39 tackles with an interception and 12 broken up passes in his all-star season, and now he’s a tough veteran who should be even more dangerous.
Part corner and part nickel defender, he showed promise over his first two years with a good 50-tackle 2019 season with two picks. Last year he bulked up a bit, was an even tougher tackler, and he seemed like he broke up every pass that came his way.
2. S Nazeeh Johnson, Sr.
3. DT Jamare Edwards, Jr.
4. LB Eli Neal Soph.
5. S Brandon Drayton, Sr.
Top Incoming Marshall Thundering Herd Transfer
OT Billy Ross, Jr.
Penn State defensive lineman Shane Simmons is sure to make a big impact – he was a good recruit for the Nittany Lions who made 59 tackles with four sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss in his four seasons – but the Herd mostly needs to beef up the offensive side.
The Herd lost all-star Cain Madden to Notre Dame, and now – after opting out on the 2020 season – the 6-5, 320-pound Ross comes in from North Carolina who can play almost anywhere on the line.