The Parthenon

Marshall football team’s performance through first three games of the season

Bradley Heltzel, Assistant Sports Editor

September 24, 2015

The Marshall University football team’s 45-7 win against Norfolk State University Saturday marked the first quarter of the Herd’s 2015 season with the team having played three of its 12 total games. With 25 percent of the schedule complete, it’s an optimal juncture to examine which aspects of...

Lang Named National Defensive Player of the week

Josh Hughes, reporter

September 9, 2015

In a game where certain players had to step up, few players stepped up against Purdue like junior safety, Tiquan Lang. Lang was named National Defensive Player of the Week after he achieved 17 tackles and 2 interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. Lang started his staggering day right from...

After solid debut Birdsong, Herd onto Ohio

Michael Birdsong runs the ball in opening game against Purdue.

Ishmael Witten, reporter

September 9, 2015

For a new quarterback, the home opener can be rather intense. Thousands of screaming fans can sometimes disrupt timing and rhythm during a game. That didn’t seem to be the case for Marshall University quarterback Michael Birdsong last Sunday. Poised and relaxed was Birdsong as he completed 7...

Short week testing Herd’s preparation

Malcolm Walton, Sports Editor

September 8, 2015

Due to its season-opener falling on Sunday, the Marshall University football team has less time than usual to prepare for its upcoming rivalry match Saturday against Ohio University. Head coach Doc Holliday said while Sunday’s game, which aired on national television, was great exposure for the s...


Devin Johnson catches pass at Marshall v. Purdue game.

Bradley Heltzel, Assistant Sports Editor

September 7, 2015

With the exception of those who engaged in a Tom Hanks Cast Away-style adventure over Labor Day weekend, the entire Herd nation is aware of the football team’s 41-31 triumph Sunday against Purdue University. The win marked the first time in school history Marshall defeated a Power Five conference...

Herd football team yet to announce starting kicker for season opener

Joan C. Edwards football stadium.

Josh Hughes, reporter

September 2, 2015

As the 2015 Thundering Herd football campaign approaches, many players have won and lost their respective position battles. The starting kicker spot, however, is one that still needs to be filled before the season opens against the Purdue Boilermakers this Sunday. Last season, kicker Justin Haig...

MU Receiving Corps Looks to Replace Production Loss

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Marshall's Deandre Reaves (19) runs as the Thundering Herd takes on Florida Atlantic University on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington.

Ishmael Witten, reporter

September 1, 2015

Despite losing two of its most productive receivers from last season, Marshall University football team’s current receiving corps is confident it can continue last season’s success. Sophomore receiver Deon-Tay McManus, who caught 26 passes for 422 yards and six touchdowns last year, said he thinks...

Kicking Off Football Season with Green Fridays

Kicking Off Football Season with Green Fridays

Ashley Sodosky, reporter

August 31, 2015

Marshall University and Herd fans will wear school colors on Fridays starting Sept. 4 for “Green Fridays” in participation with the 10th annual National College Colors Day. Marshall students and Herd fans are encouraged to wear green every Friday throughout football season. The first Green Frid...

Roster Rundown, Defense

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Marshall's Taj Letman takes down Greg Howell as the Thundering Herd takes on Florida Atlantic University on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington.

Bradley Heltzel, reporter

August 31, 2015

Due to the alluring state of the Herd offense, the defense was often portrayed as the ancillary unit in terms of the responsibility for the program’s 2014 success. However, the Herd defense finished 15th in the country last season in defensive efficiency, a mark goaded by a pass rush that ranked 13th...

Opportunity to renew football tickets passed, those seats are now ‘clear and open’

Players warm up before spring football practice March 24 at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Mercedez Speight, Reporter

April 2, 2015

The Marshall University ticket office is getting ready for football season in the fall. The ticket office wrapped up renewal ticket sales for those who had tickets in the past. Aaron Goebbel, associate athletic director for external affairs said this week the ticket office is in a transition peri...

Column: Herd teams having success out of the limelight

Rakeem Cato and Evan McKelvey pose with the Boca Raton Bowl championship trophy.

Shannon Stowers, Assistant Sports Editor

February 18, 2015

For almost every school across the country, football and basketball are the prized possessions of athletic departments and fans, and rightfully so. The two sports are, for the most part, what television contracts are based on and are the big money makers for athletic departments. The case is no different...



Shannon Stowers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 8, 2014

Twelve years after hosting its last conference championship game, a 49-45 win over the University of Toledo, the Marshall University football team added to its history of winning conference titles. The Thundering Herd defeated the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs 26-...