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Marshall football’s week one report card

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Marshall head coach Doc Holliday heads for the locker room at halftime of the Herd's season opener against Miami (Ohio).

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday heads for the locker room at halftime of the Herd's season opener against Miami (Ohio).

Rick Farlow

Rick Farlow

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday heads for the locker room at halftime of the Herd's season opener against Miami (Ohio).

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OFFENSE: B+

Redshirt freshman quarterback Isaiah Green had a strong start in his debut for the Herd, posting 272 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Redshirt senior wide receiver Tyre Brady continues to haul in passes, regardless of who is covering him. The wideout had nine grabs for 116 yards and two scores, including a 21-yard touchdown catch with pass interference on the play. The rushing attack totaled 171 yards, with redshirt senior running back Keion Davis and redshirt sophomore running back Tyler King both totaling over 65 yards on the ground, and three touchdowns (two from Anthony Anderson, one from Davis). The only thing that keeps this grade at a B+ and not higher is the fact that Marshall put up just 14 points in the second half.

DEFENSE: C-

The Herd allowed 357 yards passing and three touchdowns through the air from Miami quarterback Gus Ragland. That’s not good, though Ragland has given this team fits in the past. Miami accounted for 444 yards of offense, a high number that defensive coordinator Adam Fuller certainly won’t like to see. Marshall allowed just seven first-half points and the RedHawks managed just 87 yards rushing on 27 attempts (3.2 yards per carry).

SPECIAL TEAMS: C

Punter Robert LeFevre averaged over 41 yards on six punts and kicker Justin Rohrwasser made all five of his extra points while sending four of his six kickoffs for touchbacks. This grade could have been much lower after the aforementioned Tyler King mishandled a kickoff and put the Herd at its own goal line to start a possession in the fourth quarter, but the sophomore made up for it with a 50-yard punt return.

Kieran Intemann can be contacted at [email protected]edu.

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