The Parthenon

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

Bradley Heltzel, Assistant Sports Editor

September 24, 2015


Filed under Football, OPINION, SPORTS

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...

Herd volleyball team falls to Hilltoppers in four sets

Ishmael Witten, reporter

September 24, 2015


Filed under SPORTS

Marshall University’s volleyball team dropped its conference opener Wednesday to Western Kentucky University. The Hilltoppers (13-2) defeated the Herd in (9-5) in four sets at the Cam Henderson Center. Despite winning the first set of the game and nearly taking the second, Marshall struggled throughout...

Lang Named National Defensive Player of the week

Josh Hughes, reporter

September 9, 2015


Filed under SPORTS

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

After solid debut Birdsong, Herd onto Ohio

Ishmael Witten, reporter

September 9, 2015


Filed under SPORTS

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


Filed under SPORTS

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...

HERD OPENS SEASON WITH WIN AGAINST POWER FIVE OPPONENT

HERD OPENS SEASON WITH WIN AGAINST POWER FIVE OPPONENT

Bradley Heltzel, Assistant Sports Editor

September 7, 2015


Filed under Showcase, SPORTS

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

Herd football team yet to announce starting kicker for season opener

Josh Hughes, reporter

September 2, 2015


Filed under Football, Showcase, SPORTS

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...

Birdsong’s journey to Marshall

Birdsong’s journey to Marshall

Malcolm Walton, Sports Editor

September 2, 2015


Filed under Showcase, SPORTS

After a change in the coaching staff and being told he did not fit the team’s new offensive scheme, Michael Birdsong left James Madison University last year after spending the first two years of his college career with the school. Despite throwing for nearly 3,000 yards and more than 20 touchdowns...

Kicking Off Football Season with Green Fridays

Kicking Off Football Season with Green Fridays

Ashley Sodosky, reporter

August 31, 2015


Filed under Football, NEWS

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

Roster Rundown, Defense

Bradley Heltzel, reporter

August 31, 2015


Filed under SPORTS

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...