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According to NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, Marshall senior WR Davonte Allen's strong hands and ball-tracking abilities make him an "intriguing prospect."

Allen missed four games with a broken collarbone last season, but averaged a Randy Moss-esque 24.7 YPC when healthy. Reuter loves that big-play ability and praised the 6-foot-2, 201-pound senior's ability to win 50/50 balls. His strong hands are part of that, as well as his vertical leap of 35 1/2 inches. Despite the clear physical ability, he has yet to total more than 522 receiving yards in a season (mostly due to injury).
Source: NFL.com
Aug 18 - 6:09 PM

Louisville 3-star RB signee James Allen did not qualify and will play for Marshall.

247 Sports' Ryan Bartow says Allen will "prop" his first year and will have four years of eligibility starting in 2016. The running back received offers from Tennessee and Wisconsin before deciding on Louisville, and then deciding on Marshall.
Aug 17 - 10:50 AM

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday dismissed redshirt junior WR Angelo Jean-Louis.

"[T]he program wishes him the best in his future endeavors," was all the press release would say on that subject. A four-star recruit in 2012, Jean-Louis was an academic non-qualifier at Miami who attended Fork Union Military Academy for a semester before signing with Marshall. He was charged with two felonies revolving around a stolen credit in 2013, but returned to the field and was expected to be one of Marshall's best offensive players this fall.
Aug 11 - 6:07 PM

Former Arizona State JUCO LB signee Davon Durant has joined Marshall.

Durant was considered a four-star recruit but pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, leading to his dismissal. He is also under supervised probation for two years. Durant will not be eligible to play in 2015, but will have two more years of eligibility after that.
Aug 8 - 9:24 AM

Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, if Marshall senior RB Devon Johnson can prove he's as "quick and agile as 2014 second-round big backs Carlos Hyde and Jeremy Hill, who both had success as rookies, then teams looking for a power back could take the leap in the top half of the draft."

"His receiving skills also give him a chance to take on an H-back role," Reuter wrote. Rockhead's hands certainly are a nice fallback option if he doesn't prove to be as quick as Hyde or Hill. He played tight end for two years before shifting to RB last season and had 12 catches for 218 yards and two scores in 2013. The 6-foot-1, 243-pounder broke out in a big way last year, putting up 1,767 yards (8.58 per carry) and 17 touchdowns to earn first-team All-Conference USA honors even though a shoulder injury limited Johnson to seven carries across three games.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 2 - 2:33 PM

Arizona State dismissed JUCO LB signee Davon Durant, according to SI's Thayer Evans.

Durant pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct back in May, which was the final result of a March arrest on domestic violence and aggravated assault charges. The plea deal dropped the charges. Durant has been suspended since this event, but head coach Todd Graham officially cut ties with the likely starter.
Jul 16 - 9:45 AM

Per ESPN's Mel Kiper, Marshall senior RB Devon Johnson "has relatively quick feet -- he can appear off-balance when he's moving laterally -- and is tough to drop at the second level."

The 243-pounder played tight end for two years before moving to running back last year. He posted 1,767 yards (8.58 per carry) and 17 touchdowns last year even though a shoulder injury limited Johnson to seven carries across three games.
Jul 8 - 5:49 PM

Marshall redshirt sophomore Angelo Jean-Louis is moving from the outside into a slot WR role.

"His talent as a receiver is undeniable. His physical gifts are plentiful," beat writer Derek Redd writes. As a redshirt freshman, Jean-Louis started eight games on the outside and caught 21 passes for 490 yards (23.3 ypc) and six touchdowns. That yards per catch average should drop drastically in the slot, but Jean-Louis could be option No. 2 in this offense behind running back Devon Johnson.
Jun 30 - 10:25 AM

Marshall sophomore WR Deon-Tay McManus has a goal of benching 400 pounds and squatting 570 by the time the season starts.

Don't bet against him. He already bench presses 385 and squats 550. The 6-foot-2, 227-pounder can do 24 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. If he'd done so at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, he would have been the class' strongest wide receiver, finishing with one more rep than Sammie Coates of Auburn. McManus has three years of eligibility remaining.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 23 - 12:18 AM

Marshall senior RB Devon Johnson "will move closer to the spotlight now with [QB Rakeem] Cato gone," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The 243-pounder is a former tight end who moved to running back last year. He took to the new position immediately, posting 1,767 yards (8.58 per carry) and 17 touchdowns. A shoulder injury limited him to seven carries across three games, making the output even more impressive. "Rockhead" will get even more carries in 2015.
Jun 18 - 7:39 PM

Arizona State LB Davon Durant was sentenced Monday to two years of supervised probation.

He is also barred from contacting his girlfriend until he takes a domestic violence program. Durant pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct last month. The linebacker, a JUCO transfer, was charged with one count of felony aggravated assault and three counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Durant's girlfriend told police that he hit her in the face and grabbed her around the neck. She later recanted her story but witnesses backed up the initial story. Authorities noted a "small contusion and red mark beneath her left eye and several abrasions and bruising around her neck consistent with finger marks from being grabbed around the neck." He is currently indefinitely suspended. Arizona State has yet to update his status.
Jun 15 - 10:09 PM

Arizona State LB Davon Durant pled guilty on Thursday to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Durant, 247Sports.com's No. 6 JUCO recruit in the country and ESPN.com's top-ranked JUCO product, was arrested in March and charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct. After the incident was initially reported, he was suspended indefinitely from the football team. Durant's girlfriend told police that he hit her in the face and grabbed her around the neck. Authorities noted a "small contusion and red mark beneath her left eye and several abrasions and bruising around her neck consistent with finger marks from being grabbed around the neck." The woman later recanted her story but witnesses backed up the initial story.
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 7:45 PM

Redshirt freshman QB Cole Garvin has decided to transfer from Marshall, according to Metro News' Dave Wilson.

The former 3-star recruit was redshirted last season by Marshall and was unable to challenge for the starting job this year. Junior QB Michael Birdsong was named Marshalls' starter this spring, with junior QB Gunnar Holcombe and freshman QB Chase Litton next on the depth chart. Prior to joining the Thundering Herd, the 6-foot-1, 212-pound Garvin had scholarship offers from UAB, Arkansas State, Charlotte, FIU, Georgia State, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, South Alabama, Southern Mississippi and Western Kentucky.
Source: Metro News
May 8 - 2:28 PM

Marshall indefinitely suspends senior RB Steward Butler.

The Marshall prospect was arrested and charged with two counts of battery after allegedly beating two gay men, moments after witnessing them kiss in public a month ago. Butler got out of his vehicle and shouted homosexual slurs at the men and punched them in the face. The Marshall runningback has recorded 295 carries for 2,063 yards, and posted 18 touchdowns during his three years with the Thundering Herd. There is a possibility that Butler could be expelled from the university.
May 6 - 2:21 PM

Marshall lists redshirt junior Michael Birdsong as the school's starting QB.

Birdsong is a former James Madison transfer and has spent time behind Rakeem Cato since 2013. Birdsong stands 6'5/239 lbs and will likely be handing the ball off to Devon Johnson very frequently.
May 6 - 11:33 AM


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