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  04/29/21 - Shadeed AhmedSo/2023, Marshall, 5-11, 166 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  In Marshall's 2021 spring football game, Thundering Herd wide receiver Shadeed Ahmed's first catch came uncontested as a defensive breakdown led to an easy pitch-and-catch for a score with him and quarterback Grant Wells. For Ahmed, though, this spring was about making sure the defense - nor anyone associated with the Herd - forgets him on the outside ever again. Ahmed drew praise from everyone associated with Marshall's program after a breakout spring that culminated with a five-catch, 124-yard performance that yielded two touchdowns in the spring game. "[Ahmad is] a young man that I've been grinding on since I got here because he's got all the talent in the world," first-year Marshall coach Charles Huff said. "He's just got to be consistent. I think he made some really good plays [in the game]. You got to see his skill set flash a little bit." Ahmed came to Marshall from Navarro College, and is one of three players who came to the Herd from the heralded Texas junior college in 2020. - Charleston Gazette

(DS#999 WR) So/2023 WR Shadeed AhmedMarshall
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  04/27/21 - Grant WellsrFr/2024, Marshall, 6-2, 210 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  It isn't often you'll see a freshman in his second year as a starting quarterback. Nor is it often that said freshman has three years' experience within the system with his offensive coordinator. That is the situation with Marshall quarterback Grant Wells, however. Wells, Conference USA's all-conference first-team quarterback in 2020, returns as a third-year freshman due to an extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This season will be very different for Wells, however, as he lines up behind center in the schemes of first-year head coach Charles Huff. "I mean, geez, what has stayed the same?" Wells said. "My [position] coach has stayed the same, but other than that, that's about it. We have a lot of new faces around here." Wells' role is enhanced under the new staff, with Huff emphasizing the quarterback position and running an aerial-based offense that will have the Thundering Herd taking downfield shots and allowing athletes on the outside to make plays. Wells, a former George Washington High School standout, benefits from being in the only group on the team that returns its position coach from the 2020 staff. - Charleston Gazette


(DS#6 QB) rFr/2024 QB Grant WellsMarshall
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  04/15/21 - Steven GilmoreJr/2022, Marshall, 5-10, 175 (DS#9 CB) + More +

  Marshall football head coach Charles Huff is all about pressure. Whether on offense or defense, Huff wants the Thundering Herd to be the aggressor. While the scheme comes with applying pressure, it also puts the Herd in some pressure situations, especially at the cornerback position. With Huff and defensive coordinator Lance Guidry dialing up pressure on a more consistent basis in 2021, those cornerbacks for the Herd are going to be in many one-on-one scenarios, which makes the fundamentals learned this spring crucial to success in the fall. "It puts a little bit more emphasis on technique and fundamentals," Huff said. "When you're pressuring, you're a little bit on an island and you're probably a little tighter than you normally have [been]." For Marshall, there is a veteran returnee in cornerback Steven Gilmore, who has shined in his first three seasons with the Herd. Last season, Gilmore finished with 39 tackles and 12 pass breakups with one interception and two forced fumbles. Gilmore has played in 36 career games and he's been in one-on-one scenarios plenty of times with the Herd, but never with this frequency. That means his play has to step up on a more consistent basis. - Charleston Gazette

(DS#9 CB) Jr/2022 CB Steven GilmoreMarshall
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  04/09/21 - Talik KeatonrSo/2023, Marshall, 6-1, 188 (DS#74 WR) + More +

  Heading into the 2020 season, Marshall wide receiver Talik Keaton was poised to become a breakout talent for the Thundering Herd offense. Keaton was already known as Conference USA's premier return man and had taken on a greater role in the passing game, shining in spring and the preseason. As the season got underway, though, Keaton could never get under good footing - literally. A rash of nagging injuries left the talented sophomore from Sarasota, Florida, limited throughout the 2020 season. With the year of frustration over, Keaton has taken to preparation for 2021 with a renewed vigor, according to new head coach Charles Huff. Huff's uptempo scheme is going to benefit the playmakers on offense, and Keaton is certainly among those, as Huff pointed out earlier this week. "Talik is probably the most consistent in that group right now," Huff said. Huff talked about there being plenty of flash among Marshall's playmakers, but he was looking for "consistent light," which Keaton is bringing to the table with his efforts each day. - Charleston Gazette

(DS#74 WR) rSo/2023 WR Talik KeatonMarshall
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  03/28/21 - Grant WellsrFr/2024, Marshall, 6-2, 210 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Perhaps there is no Marshall football player who can take advantage of the "fresh start" philosophy of first-year Thundering Herd coach Charles Huff more than quarterback Grant Wells. For Wells, his first season as the Herd's starting quarterback could not have featured a higher peak or a lower valley. Wells ended the 2020 season as the All-Conference USA first-team selection at quarterback, but from a team standpoint it was a disappointing finish after one of the best starts to a season in program history. With a new coach on board, Wells has to again prove himself as the team's starting quarterback during the important spring practice sessions.

"There's a lot of guys in that boat," Marshall offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey said. "This is their first true spring ball where they are able to compete and prove to Coach Huff what they can do on the football field." Wells was thrust into the Herd's starting role just six weeks before the 2020 season was set to begin after the exit of Isaiah Green, and Wells took the opportunity and ran with it, leading Marshall to a 7-0 record and No. 15 national ranking. At the time, there was even dark horse Heisman Trophy talk, and comparisons to other Marshall greats started raining down on the Charleston native. Almost as quickly as those statements were made, they vanished. Wells struggled mightily over the last three weeks of the season, which led to the Herd ending the year on a three-game skid. - Charleston Gazette


(DS#6 QB) rFr/2024 QB Grant WellsMarshall
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  02/12/21 - LeAnthony WilliamsrJr/2022, Marshall, 5-11, 185 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  National Signing Day might have passed last week, but that hasn't stopped Marshall football head coach Charles Huff from pressing forward. As Huff stated previously, there are no days off in recruiting - something he showed on Wednesday as a high-major talent committed to the Thundering Herd out of the transfer portal. Clemson's LeAnthony Williams, a 6-foot, 175-pound defensive back, announced in a message on social media that he would spend his last two seasons with at Marshall. Williams was one of the nation's most sought-after recruits out of high school in the Class of 2017, ranking No. 203 in overall prospects, according to 247Sports. - Charleston Gazette

(DS#999 CB) rJr/2022 CB LeAnthony WilliamsMarshall
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  02/10/21 - Grant WellsrFr/2024, Marshall, 6-2, 210 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  This week was one in which normalcy was expected for first-year Marshall head coach Charles Huff. Huff finally got his staff finalized and capped off National Signing Day, and had his sights set toward preparation for spring ball. As has been the case for nearly 11 months, though, COVID-19 made sure normalcy was an afterthought. Marshall has indefinitely suspended its 2021 offseason workouts due to COVID-19 positives within the program and subsequent contact tracing. It puts a halt to the offseason program of new strength and conditioning coach Ben Ashford. - Charleston Gazette

(DS#6 QB) rFr/2024 QB Grant WellsMarshall
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  02/10/21 - LeAnthony WilliamsrJr/2022, Marshall, 5-11, 185 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Clemson lost another player Tuesday night as cornerback LeAnthony Williams entered the transfer portal. Williams, who just completed his redshirt junior year, appeared in 11 games in 2020. He had 12 tackles. The Georgia native signed with Clemson for the class of 2017 as a four-star recruit. He picked Clemson over Alabama, Georgia, Auburn and others. Williams is the fifth Clemson player to enter the transfer portal since the Tigers lost to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, joining Jordan Williams, Nyles Pinckney, Mike Jones Jr. and Kaleb Boateng. - The State

(DS#999 CB) rJr/2022 CB LeAnthony WilliamsMarshall
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  01/19/21 - Grant WellsrFr/2024, Marshall, 6-2, 210 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  On Sunday, Marshall University issued a release officially announcing Alabama associate head coach/running backs coach Charles Huff as the school's next head football coach. Marshall President Jerome Gilbert issued a statement in a release. "This is an exciting day for Marshall University football and I can't wait for Coach Huff to get here," Gilbert said. "He is going to energize the Herd fanbase and I know folks are going to love him and his style of football." Marshall's Board of Governors has an emergency meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. on Monday to approve Huff's contract. Gilbert offered Huff the job after the university's search committee concluded its interview process on Friday. That search was led by Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick. - Charleston Gazette

(DS#6 QB) rFr/2024 QB Grant WellsMarshall
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  01/12/21 - *Darius HodgerJr/2021, Marshall, 6-1, 248 (DS#15 OLB) + More +

  Hodge joins Marshall offensive lineman Josh Ball, running back Brenden Knox and linebacker Tavante Beckett as those who will be part of the 2021 NFL Draft. Ball and Beckett were seniors who were eligible to come back under NCAA rules allowing 2020 players an extra year of eligibility. In 2020, Hodge finished third on Marshall's team in tackles with 63 while leading the team in tackles for loss (9.0) and sacks (6.5). For his career, he played in 34 games, logging 117 career tackles with 20.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks. - Charleston Gazette

(DS#15 OLB) rJr/2021 OLB *Darius HodgeMarshall
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  01/10/21 - *Darius HodgerJr/2021, Marshall, 6-1, 248 (DS#15 OLB) + More +

  Marshall's football program has lost another key player to the NFL Draft. On Sunday afternoon, junior defensive end Darius Hodge took to social media to announce his intentions to enter the 2021 NFL Draft. Hodge's left a message to those close to him below a post that said, "I'm not coming home till I can build my own!!" The junior from Wake Forest, N.C., came to Marshall as a linebacker, but made the transition to defensive end and became one of Conference USA's top pass-rushers. It was expected that he would be a key returnee for the Herd in 2021, but on Sunday, that tune changed as he became Marshall's fourth player to declare for next year's draft. In 2020, Hodge finished third on Marshall’s team in tackles with 63 while leading the team in tackles for loss (9.0) and sacks (6.5). - Herald-Dispatch

(DS#15 OLB) rJr/2021 OLB *Darius HodgeMarshall
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  01/05/21 - Grant WellsrFr/2024, Marshall, 6-2, 210 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  After 11 seasons at Marshall University, Doc Holliday will not return as head coach of the Thundering Herd football team. At 10 a.m. Monday, Holliday released the news on social media that his contract was not being renewed by the university. Holliday's contract was set to expire on June 30, 2021, the end of the 2020-21 fiscal year. Marshall announced later Monday morning that a search committee is being formed to help identify candidates for the vacant head coaching spot. - Charleston Gazette

(DS#6 QB) rFr/2024 QB Grant WellsMarshall
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  01/03/21 - Zach AppiorJr/2022, Marshall, 5-11, 195 (DS#999 LS) + More +

  2020 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LS - Zach Appio, R-Jr., Marshall,...Conference USA released its All-Conference and All-Freshman teams and Marshall Football found itself represented by 16 student-athletes. Linebacker Eli Neal, defensive back Brandon Drayton and long snapper Zach Appio received honorable mention status. - Marshall Football

(DS#999 LS) rJr/2022 LS Zach AppioMarshall
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  01/03/21 - Brandon DraytonrSr/2022, Marshall, 6-2, 210 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  2020 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DB - Brandon Drayton, R-Sr., Marshall,...Conference USA released its All-Conference and All-Freshman teams and Marshall Football found itself represented by 16 student-athletes. Linebacker Eli Neal, defensive back Brandon Drayton and long snapper Zach Appio received honorable mention status. - Marshall Football

(DS#999 SS) rSr/2022 SS Brandon DraytonMarshall
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  01/03/21 - Eli NealSo/2023, Marshall, 6-1, 240 (DS#36 ILB) + More +

  2020 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB - Eli Neal, So., Marshall,...Conference USA released its All-Conference and All-Freshman teams and Marshall Football found itself represented by 16 student-athletes. Linebacker Eli Neal, defensive back Brandon Drayton and long snapper Zach Appio received honorable mention status. - Marshall Football

(DS#36 ILB) So/2023 ILB Eli NealMarshall
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