Marshall Thundering Herd Football Season Preview History
2011 Marshall Football Preview:
Marshall got off to a tough start last season before winning 4 of its last 5 games to finish with a respectable 5-7 record. Now second year head coach Doc Holliday is looking to build on the momentum from last year, but with a new quarterback and a lack of experience, the Thundering Herd may find it difficult to get back to the postseason.
The quarterback position is up in the air, but it looks like sophomore A.J. Graham will get the starting nod. He played sparingly in 2010, but looked good when he did. As for the surrounding talent, Graham will have Aaron Dobson and Antavious Wilson returning at wide receiver, which should give him two reliable targets. Their running game will be led by freshman Travon Van, who has the makings of a true star.
The defense will likely be the strength of Marshall this year, as it returns nine starters on that side of the ball. Perhaps most importantly is defensive end Vinny Curry, who was among the best at his position in Conference USA last year. Additionally, the Thundering Herd will see the return of linebackers Tyson Gale and Devin Arrington who will anchor a strong defensive core.
2010 Marshall Football Preview:
The Marshall Thundering Herd was once at the pinnacle of college football, finishing the 1990's with more wins than any other Division 1 program. While the team has not reached that level of success over the past few seasons, new coach Doc Holliday looks to usher in a new era of Thundering Herd football in 2010.
Though Marshall finished last season with a middling 4-4 record in Conference USA East and a 7-6 overall record, 2009 ended on a strong note with a 21-17 victory over one of their fiercest rivals, the Ohio Bobcats, in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
This season, they will rematch against Ohio on September 25, and will face their biggest cross-state rival, West Virginia, on September 10 in the annual Friends of Coal Bowl. Luckily for Thundering Herd fans, both of these rivalry games will be played at home in Joan C. Edwards Stadium, where Marshall enjoys the greatest home field advantage of any top college football team.
Routinely drawing more than 33,000 screaming fans, Marshall's football team has a .866 winning percentage when they play on their home turf.
2009 Marshall Football Preview:
Head Coach: Mark Snyder
Fans of the Marshall Thundering Herd should be fired up heading into the 2009 season. Not only is Marshall one of the better teams in college football, but they are a program that wins big games. Expect 2009 to be a year that the Thundering Herd attracts some notice in the college football world.
2008 Marshall Football Preview:
Head Coach: Mark Snyder
The Marshall University Thundering Herd football program is one of the most exciting and dramatic programs in all of college football. After a few tough seasons since joining the Conference USA in 2005, Marshall has struggled. Fans hope for the team to do what it always does, which is to make big comebacks and return to prominence. Joan C. Edwards Stadium will fill with the cries of “We Are Marshall!” this coming season as the Thundering Herd vies for a winning season and a conference title.