Marshall Thundering Herd Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

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Marshall Thundering Herd Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

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Marshall Thundering Herd Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

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Marshall Thundering Herd: Keys To The Season, Top Game, Top Transfer, Fun Stats

Marshall Thundering Herd: Key To The 2022 Offense

STOP TURNING THE BALL OVER.

Not all of the giveaways were Grant Wells interceptions. The now-Virginia Tech Hokie threw a bunch, but there were fumbling issues, too.

How did Marshall lose to MIddle Tennessee? Six turnovers – four fumbles. How did it lose to East Carolina? Three turnovers and -2 turnover margin.

The Thundering Herd were -9 in turnover margin in the five losses and +2 in the wins. With everything else seemingly in place, all the Herd have to do is not royally screw it all up.

Marshall Thundering Herd: Key To The 2022 Defense

Get nastier against the run.

The worst part about having the 12th-best run defense in Conference USA was that it includes the production from the gajillion sacks and tackles for loss.

It’s one thing to give up 337 rushing yards to Navy and that offense, but everyone managed to get fat on the D that allowed 200 or more rushing yards seven times and was hit for three touchdown runs in five games.

It was more of a trickle than a whole lot of big, splashy runs, but for a D that went from allowing 2.8 yards per carry in 2020 to 4.3 last year, there’s work to do.

Marshall Thundering Herd: Key Player To The 2022 Season

QB Henry Colombi, Sr.
Grant Wells showed a ton of talent and promise – and then he threw an interception. The new Virginia Tech Hokies bombed away over the last two years, and he ran enough to matter, but the 22 picks were a killer.

Enter the well-traveled Henry Colombi who started out his career at Utah State, moved over to Texas Tech, and now comes to Marshall with four years of experience as mostly a good No. 2 option. Now the job is his to make the O go.

Marshall Thundering Herd: Key Transfer

NT Isaiah Gibson, Soph.
A whole bunch of talented transfers are coming in, but the key to the season might just be the guys for the interior. 6-4, 300-pound Anthony Watts comes over from Purdue to take over one defensive tackle gig, and everything is suppose to work around the 6-3, 302-pound Gibson. The former Kentucky Wildcat is expected to live on the nose and be the team’s defensive anchor.

Marshall Key Game To The 2022 Season

Coastal Carolina, Oct. 29
Marshall is in the East, the far tougher of the two divisions with Appalachian State, Georgia State, and Coastal Carolina. On the plus side, all three of those games are at home with the Chanticleers up first. Lose that, and all of a sudden there’s no margin for error the rest of the way if the Thundering Herd have any hope of playing for the Sun Belt title.

Marshall Thundering Herd: 2021 Fun Stats

– Sacks: Marshall 40 for 277 yards – Opponents 19 for 121 yards
– Time of Possession: Opponents 32:34 – Marshall 27:24
– Onside Kicks: Opponents 1-of-1 – Marshall 1-of-1

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