Herd football to play first scrimmage


Shannon Stowers

The 2015 Marshall University football team starts drills during its first spring practice Tuesday at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

The Marshall University football team is preparing for the 2015 spring season and the Green and White Spring Game April 25.

The team will head to The Greenbrier Saturday for its first intra-squad scrimmage.

Rising junior player Michael Selby said going to The Greenbrier is not something they get to experience often.

“It’s really exciting because The Greenbrier is such a prestigious place, and we don’t get to experience things like that every day,” Selby said. “It will be exciting to see where the Saints practice and how the NFL practice facility is all set up. I think a lot of the guys are really excited about it.”

Selby said the spring season is a period of growing and becoming a better unit.

“Spring ball is all about getting better and becoming the best player you can,” Selby said.

For players like Selby, it is also a transitional period. Selby played right guard last season and is now taking over at center.

“This spring has definitely been a big transition from playing the whole last season at right guard,” Selby said. “As far as technique, making O-line calls and getting everybody on the same page, it has been an adjustment, but I’m getting used to it and I like it a lot.”

To us it doesn’t matter what quarterback is behind us.

— Tyler Combs

Injury has kept offensive lineman Tyler Combs, from the field. However, this spring has given him the chance to put his pads back on and play the game.

It feels really good to be back playing again,” Combs said. “It had been a little over a year since I had played, and I think everyone as a whole is just happy to be able to put the pads on.”

The search for a new quarterback is also underway this spring as four potential players are competing for the position. 

“To us it doesn’t matter what quarterback is behind us,” Combs said. “We just have to block for them. You can tell who is back there by their cadence. Each one of them has a different way of calling the plays.”

Following this weekend’s scrimmage, the team will play in a scrimmage at 9:45 a.m. April 18 at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Jill Shemanski can be contacted at [email protected].