Notes, Stats From August 9 Marshall Workout

Terrell Edwards runs for 36 yds. (file photo)

Marshall put the first day of pads under its belts with some good hitting and no major injuries. While the coaches are trying to strike a balance between needed hitting and not hitting to injury, the highlight of Saturday's practice was a crack-back block by receiver Bryant Milligan that sprung Darius Passmore for a touchdown during team. Terrell Edwards continued to run well, like he did spring.

The offense versus defense started with period 24, but was largely "thud," or hitting without tackling, for about three or four periods. With period 27, however, there was a bit more live tackling as the threes got to go full-go.

Darius Passmore's touchdown came one play after Omar Brown picked off Mark Cann and returned the pass for about 65-yards before center Brian Leggett made the tackle downfield. On the next play, Passmore took a swing pass from Cann and turned the ball up the right sideline. Tight end Cody Slate screened Kellen Harris on the play, letting up at the point of contact, but Bryant Milligan lowered the boom on Brown from the blind side to spring Passmore for a 35-yard score. Snyder expressed concern about not injuring teammates, but agreed Milligan made a big hit.

The running backs were not being taken down, but Darius Marshall, Chubb Small and Terrell Edwards picked up right where they left off in the spring. Marshall had nine yards in three carries to start the period, followed by sack of Cann by Vinny Curry and a seven-yard run by Small. Edwards wrapped two carries for 17 yards around a Curry sack of Johnathan Garner, then Edwards tacked on 15 more yards the next play and five more after Garner found E.J. Wynn for seven-yards.

After Corey Hart broke up the next pass from Cann, the red-shirt freshman QB found Slate for five, then gained 10 more on a keeper on a busted play. The interception and touchdown came on the next two plays, followed by a pass to Small that was blown up for a 10-yard loss by senior tackle Ian Hoskins on quarterback pressure by Mario Harvey.

Back came Garner, but his pass to Tavaris Thompson was broken up by DeQuan Bembry. He came right back to Thompson on the next play, however, for a 10-yard gain. Garner found senior Emmanuel Spann for four yards, but Edwards was tackled in the backfield by Curry for a two-yard loss and the sophomore defensive end picked up his third tackle in the backfield of the day with the two sacks. Garner had his next pass broken up by sophomore tackle Johnny Jones, then was sacked by junior safety John Saunders to finish the drill.

In the live drills with the threes, true freshman running back Jordan Taylor started with s six-yard gain, but Garner was sacked on the next play by senior tackle Joe Bragg. Jordan picked up a first down with an eight-yard carry, carrying linebacker George Carpenter passed the chains in a good second-effort. Brandon Bullock used all 6-foot-3 of his height to jump up and bat away Garner's next pass at the line but two plays later found true frosh back Demetrius Thomas for an eight-yard gain and another first down. Taylor was stopped for no gain next play by true frosh linebacker Tyson Gale, the nephew of Marshall Football Operations and Assistant AD Mark Gale. Garner was sacked on the next play by true freshman defensive end John Youboty, the second of two stops in ten plays for the younger brother of the Buffalo Bills Ashton Youboty. Taylor ended the scrimmage with a three-yard run before being tackled by senior linebacker Cody Tominack. Craig Ratanamorn hit only one of three field goal attempts to finish practice, from 42-yards, but the first two attempts (from 47 and 42 yards away) were missed on a poor snap and a block, and Snyder changed the blocking up front for the final kick, which would have been good from 50-plus.

Cann hit 3-of-6 passes with an touchdown and interceptions, passing for 30 yards in team. Garner hit 3-for-5 with the second team for 21 yards, then 1-of-2 for eight yards with the threes in the live drill for 4-of-7 for 28 yards. Brian Anderson and walk-on Shay Dunnigan practiced but did not work in team, and Wesley Beardain missed a second day with personal issues.

Edwards led rushers in team with 5-for-36 yards. Marshall had three for nine yards and Small one for seven. In the live drill, Taylor had 5-for-24 yards. Curry had three tackles for loss, two for sacks defensively, while Ashton Hall also had three stops. Brown had the only interceptions while passes were broken up by Hart, Bemby, Jones and Bullock. Also recording sacks were Bragg, Saunders and Youboty and Gale had two stops with the threes.

Also still out today was John Bruhin (boot on foot), Corey McCutcheon (small brace on right knee), Charles Walker (brace on knee), Maurice Graham (sling on arm) and Zearrick Matthews, who hurt his foot moving. Still not in pads is freshman walk-on receiver Chris Maxwell. Albert McClellan was shut down midway through practice, and was being stretched on the sideline and he did not return to practice. There was no update following practice.

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