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Marshall defensive coordinator Chuck Heater praised JUCO transfer sophomore CB Kereon Merrell.

"He's got a good skill set and he's done a good job coming in new," Heater said. "Coming in new, it's always hard in the middle of winter, but he adapted to that and did a good job of battling through it." The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Merrell had 26 tackles, six pass breakups and two interceptions at Dodge City Community College last year. Marshall returns starting cornerbacks Rodney Allen and Chris Jackson, but Merrell should be no worse than a rotational defender if he can't unseat one of them.
Jun 14 - 5:06 PM

Oklahoma State sophomore WR Obi Obialo transferred to Marshall.

The best part about Obialo having walked-on at OSU? He's immediately eligible to play in 2017. A three-star prospect as a junior in high school in 2014, Obialo's stock cratered following a serious leg injury. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder caught two passes for 11 yards as a freshman and had a touchdown catch in this year’s spring game.
Jun 7 - 5:34 PM

Marshall redshirt senior CB Rodney Allen was arrested on DUI charges and driving without a license after being involved in a crash.

Allen's blood alcohol content was .167 when tested at headquarters. He was pulled over after attempting to flee the scene of a crash. These are some serious charges, so expect Allen's status to be impacted.
May 23 - 11:11 AM

Oklahoma State sophomore WR Obi Obialo announced that he will transfer.

Obialo was a three-star prospect as a junior in high school in 2014, but a serious leg injury a year later caused his scholarship offers to evaporate. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Obialo became a preferred walk-on for the Cowboys in 2016 and caught two passes for 11 yards as a true freshman. We'd guess he's looking for more playing time. Considering his tools, that opportunity will be out there at the Group of 5 or FCS level.
May 12 - 1:46 PM

Packers signed Marshall WR Michael Clark.

Clark (6’6/217) played only one season at Marshall after transferring from St. Francis (PA), where he earned a scholarship to play basketball. Clark compiled a 37-632-5 (17.1 YPR) receiving line in 2016, then surprisingly turned pro. Not invited to the Combine, Clark ran 4.53 at the Thundering Herd Pro Day, but struggled in the vertical (33") and three-cone drill (7.54). While Clark’s height and multi-sport background make him somewhat intriguing, he has minimal football experience and struggled with drops and separation on tape. He’s a long-shot prospect perhaps worth stashing on the practice squad.
May 8 - 2:59 PM

Marshall redshirt sophomore WR Michael Clark declared for the NFL Draft.

Clark is a 6-foot-7, 212-pound former Division I basketball player who played only one season of college football. Clark caught 37 passes for 632 yards and five touchdowns in 2016, his first football action since his freshman year at Tampa Catholic in 2011. Clark has soft hands and can high-point the ball, but he's as raw as can be.
Jan 20 - 1:14 PM

Marshall redshirt sophomore WR Michael Clark is considering opting into the NFL Draft, according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Clark is as raw as can be, but boy can you dream on that frame. The 6-foot-7, 212-pounder transferred to Marshall in August 2015 from St. Francis (Pa.), where he played basketball. This past season marked his first year on the gridiron since his freshman year in high school. Clark showed flashes in 2016, posting a 37-632-5 line for a strong 17.1 ypc average. We'd advise him to return to school to headline the Herd's receiving corps in 2016.
Jan 5 - 2:36 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Marshall junior WR Deon-Tay McManus will declare for the NFL Draft.

This news is surprising, as the NFL wasn't exactly clamoring for McManus' announcement. Pauline reported that McManus ultimately decided to opt into the Draft over transferring. While the 6-foot-2, 227-pounder is a stout outside target, his mediocre 40-453-3 line in 2016 was the best he'd ever posted. CBS lists him as the No. 78 receiver prospect in the 2018 class.
Jan 4 - 2:54 PM

Marshall freshman QB Garet Morrell will start in place of the injured Chase Litton (undisclosed) in Saturday's game against Western Kentucky.

Morrell has seen extended work just once this season, when he completed 9-of-21 passes for 59 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a loss to Louisville on September 24. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder graded as a three-star recruit out of high school in the past recruiting cycle.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 06:31:00 PM

Marshall sophomore QB Chase Litton has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Western Kentucky due to an undisclosed injury.

With Litton sidelined for this contest, Garet Morrell will start in his place. It's a tough blow for the Thundering Herd, as Litton has performed well this season, throwing for 2,612 yards (62.3% completions) with a 24/9 TD/INT ratio across 10 games played.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 06:24:00 PM

Marshall sophomore QB Chase Litton completed 29-for-42 attempts for 301 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions Saturday against FIU.

After finishing with 2,605 yards passing and a 23/8 TD/INT rate last year, Litton has 2,612 yards and a 24/9 TD/INT rate with one game left in 2016. He's improved his completion percentage, yards per attempt and QB rating. That the Herd slumped to 3-8 after last year's 10-3 finish is a development that can be blamed on others (cough, the defense, cough).
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 02:56:00 PM

Marshall sophomore QB Chase Litton completed 21-of-37 passes for 246 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 42-17 win over Middle Tennessee.

The final score here doesn't really tell the whole tale. The Thundering Herd trailed 17-14 at the half before they came roaring back with a 25-0 run after emerging from the locker room for quarters three and four. Litton aided that comeback cause a fair bit, snapping off three of his four scoring passes in the second half. This was the 6-foot-6, 207-pound gunslinger's first game with more than two touchdown passes since September 17.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 10:19:00 PM

Marshall sophomore QB Chase Litton completed 27-of-39 passes for 330 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 27-21 win over FAU.

Litton started out the season like gangbusters, throwing for 10 touchdowns in his first two games. He missed a contest against Louisville on September 24 due to a concussion, though, and the numbers have dropped off in the interim. In his three games since returning to action, the 6-foot-6, 207-pound sophomore has made just four scoring tosses. Marshall will host Charlotte next Saturday, in a game which would seem tailor-made for a nice statistical showing from Litton.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 10:37:00 PM

Marshall sophomore QB Chase Litton (concussion) is expected to play against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Litton was initially concussed in a loss to Akron in Week 3. He subsequently sat out this past weekend's whitewashing by Louisville. After a clear practice week, the 6-foot-6, 207-pounder should be good to go versus a leaky Pitt pass defense on Saturday. It makes for a nice fantasy match-up, as Litton has thrown for 722 yards and a 10/3 TD/INT ratio in contests against Morgan State and Akron.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 12:39:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper could see Marshall redshirt senior T Clint Van Horn "taken around the fifth round, depending on how he performs at a college all-star game."

Van Horn caught the analyst's eye on Saturday against Louisville. "Van Horn ... had a few pancakes and was able to get to the second level with ease," Kiper wrote. "Now, he got a little sloppy with his technique in the second half and was on the ground a few too many times, but I think he could be a solid backup and possible starter in the NFL." The sixth-year senior missed most of last year after tearing his pectoral muscle.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 03:21:00 PM


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