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  10/15/21 - Grant WellsrSo/2024, Marshall, 6-2, 203 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  Grant Wells passed for 323 yards and two touchdowns, ran for three more and Marshall routed North Texas 49-21 on Friday night. Marshall (4-3, 2-1 Conference USA) scored touchdowns on six consecutive possessions in the first half with Wells, who completed 24 of 32 passes, connecting with eight receivers. The defense forced five punts and five turnovers on downs on 14 North Texas drives. Rasheen Ali, who gained 109 yards on 20 carries, burst up the middle, spun out of a tackle and finished an 8-yard scoring run for the Herd's first touchdown.

Grant Wells scored all three rushing touchdowns on 3-yard keepers. An interception plus an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty gave Marshall possession at the 33 and Wells found Xavier Gaines over the middle at about the 24 for a touchdown. North Texas (1-5, 0-3) had a net of nine yards rushing until DeAndre Torrey broke left for a 75-yard touchdown run late in the first half — keeping his feet inbound as he was shoved towards the sideline at the pylon — to get Mean Green on the scoreboard, 35-7. - Marshall/AP College Football


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  10/09/21 - Grant WellsrSo/2024, Marshall, 6-2, 203 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  Grant Wells threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Shadeed Ahmed in overtime to give Marshall a 20-13 victory over Old Dominion on Saturday. Wells forced overtime with a 52-yard touchdown pass to Willie Johnson with 33 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, capping an eight-play, 75-yard drive for Marshall (3-3, 1-1 Conference USA). Old Dominion's Nick Rice, who had made field goals from 47 and 45 yards, was short on a 58-yard attempt as time expired. Old Dominion (1-2, 1-5) couldn't convert on fourth-and-7 to end it. Wells was 30-of-46 passing for 299 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Ahmed had seven receptions for 77 yards and Johnson finished with three catches for 63. D.J. Mack Jr. threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Ali Jennings III in the first quarter for the Monarchs (1-2, 1-5). Blake Watson ran for 168 yards on 26 carries. - Marshall/AP College Football

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  09/12/21 - Grant WellsrSo/2024, Marshall, 6-2, 203 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  Grant Wells accounted for four touchdowns, all in the first half, and Marshall defeated North Carolina Central 44-10 on Saturday night. Wells completed 31 of 40 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. He opened the scoring with a 10-yard run then threw touchdowns passes to Talik Keaton twice and another to Rasheen Ali as the Thundering Herd (2-0) took a 30-7 halftime lead. The Eagles' lone touchdown came on a 4-yard pass from Davius Richard to Mookie Collier in the second quarter. NC Central was held to 177 yards and just nine first downs. Marshall's 700 yards total offense came with 463 passing and another 237 rushing. The lofty total got a big boost from a 99-yard fourth-quarter touchdown drive after the Herd recovered a fumble at their own 1-yard line. Ali, who scored four touchdowns in his freshman debut a week ago, added 45 yards on the ground. - Marshall/AP College Football

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  09/06/21 - Eli NealrSo/2024, Marshall, 6-1, 223 (DS#17 ILB) + More +

  SEPT 6 CONFERENCE USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marshall LB Eli Neal recorded 11 tackles and a game-high three sacks in the Thundering Herd's 49-7 romp at Navy on Saturday. He also had a hand in a big special teams play as he scooped up T.J. Johnson's blocked field goal and got three more yards on the return. The Memphis native entered Saturday with just 1.5 sacks in his first 23 games. Neal's effort led a Thundering Herd defense that finished with nine sacks, the second most in a single game in program history (Record: 12, vs. Ohio, 1986). - Conference USA Football

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  09/04/21 - Rasheen AlirSo/2024, Marshall, 5-11, 201 (DS#45 RB) + More +

  Freshman Rasheen Ali scored the first four touchdowns of his collegiate career as Marshall dominated Navy 49-7 in Charles Huff's debut as head coach on Saturday. Huff was introduced as the Thundering Herd's coach nearly a year ago. While Marshall won a ninth-straight season opener, Huff broke a specific type of losing streak: the previous five first-year coaches had all lost season-opening road games. Ali scored his first TD from the 2, capping the game-opening drive. He added two more scoring runs - from the 3 and the 4 - staking Marshall to a 21-0 halftime lead. Ali scored a final touchdown with a plunge from the 1 midway through the fourth quarter.

Sheldon Evans scored Marshall's other two touchdowns with runs of 9 and 1 yards. Xavier Arline scored early in the fourth, crashing over from the 1, as Navy avoided the shutout thanks to 337 yards rushing. Marshall's defense recorded 126 total tackles - including 13 for a loss - to 66 by Navy's defense. Marshall held a 464-398 edge in total yards, largely thanks to Grant Wells completing 20 of 30 passes for 333 yards before being replaced by backup Luke Zban late in the game. Zban fired a 30-yard touchdown pass to E.J. Horton with 2:01 remaining. Four Midshipmen combined to complete 5 of 16 passes for 61 yards. - Marshall/AP College Football


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  08/23/21 - Billy RossrSr/2022, Marshall, 6-4, 320 (DS#999 OG) + More +

  Marshall offensive lineman Billy Ross confirmed on Tuesday night he has chosen to give up football for personal reasons. "I can assure you that I'm going to hang them up," Ross said. "There's no way that I would sit this year out and enter the portal again. I'm done playing football." Ross said seeing an end to his football career - a game he's played since he was a little boy - was bittersweet. "It comes to an end at some point," Ross said. "I played for so long. It's definitely tough in that aspect, but there's also a time that it hits and you know [you're done] and it makes it easier. It's not all that bad for me." The 2021 season was slated to be Ross' return to the field after nearly two years. Ross entered the transfer portal in fall 2020 while at North Carolina and committed to the Thundering Herd and former offensive line coach Greg Adkins soon after. Ross then came to Marshall this summer after finishing his degree at North Carolina in the spring. The 6-foot-6, 294-pound local product was expected to start at either guard or tackle for the Herd in the 2021 season opener Sept. 4 at Navy. - Charleston Gazette

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  08/22/21 - Sheldon EvansrSr/2022, Marshall, 5-10, 192 (DS#71 RB) + More +

  The number 200 has long been a target number for Marshall running back Sheldon Evans. It would be understandable if that was a target for the amount of carries he wanted to get in 2021. Given the load former running back Brenden Knox endured over the past two seasons, it would've even been realistic. Instead, it was a target weight for Evans to reach coming into the 2021 season - a goal it appears he has attained.

Evans reconditioned his body and is now listed at 192 pounds on the Thundering Herd's official camp roster, down more than 25 pounds from when he came to campus in 2017. Marshall head coach Charles Huff used Evans as an example of a guy who has seen summer conditioning results and is eager to see how those translate on the field this fall. "I know Sheldon was in the office a couple days ago and he was so fired up that he came here and he was like 218," Huff said. "Now he's down to like 205 and he can see a six-pack. He's just excited about his opportunity." - Charleston Gazette


(DS#71 RB) rSr/2022 RB Sheldon EvansMarshall
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  08/21/21 - Corey GammagerJr/2023, Marshall, 6-3, 220 (DS#87 WR) + More +

  It is not hard to find Marshall wide receiver Corey Gammage. Marshall's 6-foot-4, 220-pound sophomore target commands attention almost instantly when No. 7 walks out onto the field. In prior seasons, Gammage was even bigger than many of the Thundering Herd's tight ends, which forced his preseason to be just as much about conditioning as execution. That is not the case in 2021 as he gets set for his first season with the Herd staff under new head coach Charles Huff. Everything is going fast, and Gammage knows that he's got to move quickly. "I feel like the tempo is way different," Gammage said of the differences in this year and previous seasons. "We're moving fast, the plays are coming in fast, so we've got to be in shape."

For Gammage, the margin of error between weight being an advantage and a disadvantage is not that great. At one point in his career, Gammage came into camp near 240 pounds, which hindered his speed off the line of scrimmage and getting in and out of breaks. Last season, the weight and conditioning aspects kept him in a reserve role early in the season until injuries limited depth at the receiver position. Gammage took over the lead role for quarterback Grant Wells in stride, catching 35 passes for 409 yards and four touchdowns in 2020. - Charleston Gazette


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  08/20/21 - Abraham BeauplanrJr/2023, Marshall, 6-1, 223 (DS#43 OLB) + More +

  Marshall linebacker Abraham Beauplan knows he's stepping into a bigger role within the Thundering Herd defense in 2021. As Beauplan gets ready for the new season, he's more intent on applying pressure instead of feeling the pressure of his new role with the Herd. "We're blitzing a lot this year," Beauplan said. "That's something we didn't do last season, so as a linebacker, you've got to love that. You've got to love the pressure." Pressure is something the members of the defense may feel for the Herd. Last season, they were among the nation's best in several categories, including total defense, scoring defense and rushing defense.

With a new staff in place, the philosophies will change under new defensive coordinator Lance Guidry, but that doesn't mean Beauplan or the Marshall defense want their productivity to change, too. "It's been easy to adjust," Beauplan said. "It wasn't really too hard for us. It was just really easy, honestly." Under Guidry's guidance, Marshall's amped-up pressure gives Beauplan a chance to do what he does best - attack the football. Last season was Beauplan's first out of Navarro College, but he does not spare words when discussing his desire to play in the NFL. In 2020, Beauplan showed his abilities to not only get to the football but also force turnovers, finishing with three forced fumbles on the year, which led the team. "When you're watching guys in the league, one thing they focus on is getting the ball and making big plays," Beauplan said. "Just making the tackle, anybody can do that. If you are trying to get to the next level, you have to try to make a play on the ball. That's what I do every time I get to the ball." - Charleston Gazette


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  08/13/21 - Nazeeh JohnsonrSr/2022, Marshall, 6-1, 189 (DS#55 FS) + More +

  Johnson can help the Thundering Herd a lot. After all, he is the second-leading returning tackler behind only linebacker Eli Neal. In eight games in 2020, Johnson made 59 tackles (fourth on the team) along with two interceptions, two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. It just took Johnson a while to wrap his mind around the fact that staying at Marshall was the best-case scenario for him. "I feel good about my decision now," he said. "I feel like I made the best decision for me and my future because I only can improve. I can't get worse. This off-season I feel like I've gotten bigger, faster and I'm actually understanding the game more. Last year, I believe, was just a glimpse of what my true potential really is. "I feel a lot more comfortable. Last year I was really comfortable, but this year...I've been here for five years and I've played for four years. Plenty of games. Plenty of ups and downs. "I think this is going to be one of my best seasons." - Charleston Gazette

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  07/29/21 - Steven GilmorerJr/2023, Marshall, 5-10, 169 (DS#7 CB) + More +

  Marshall cornerback Steven Gilmore has made a habit of locking down opposing receivers in his years in the Thundering Herd's defensive backfield. That effort helped him lock down a preseason accolade on Monday. Gilmore was announced as one of 40 individuals on the preseason watch list for the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top college defensive back. Gilmore has seen significant action in all three seasons that he's been with the Herd. Last season, Gilmore started in all 10 games, earning All-Conference USA first-team honors at season's end following a year in which he had 39 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles. The brother of NFL standout Stephon Gilmore, Steven Gilmore also was one of Conference USA's top cover men with 12 pass breakups on the year. - Charleston Gazette

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  07/27/21 - Grant WellsrSo/2024, Marshall, 6-2, 203 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  Just over one year ago, Marshall quarterback Grant Wells started his climb to becoming the Thundering Herd's starting quarterback. Wells was thrown into the situation with the sudden departure of two-year starter Isaiah Green, but Wells successfully made the transition, throwing for 2,091 yards and 18 touchdowns with nine interceptions in 10 games. Those numbers made Wells a first-team All-Conference USA selection and the league's Freshman of the Year in a season in which the Herd climbed to as high as No. 15 in national rankings. The accolades did not come without their share of speed bumps, though, especially at the end of the year, when the Herd dropped three straight games and Wells struggled with accuracy issues.

Since the end of the season, Wells has used those struggles as motivation, and teammates rave that Wells has elevated his game from both physical and mental standpoint to be a much better leader for the Herd in 2021. "You can tell that Grant's grown up a lot," Marshall receiver Talik Keaton said. "Last year he was a redshirt freshman and he had the jitters and stuff, but now he goes about the day like he's been doing it - not a big-head type of way, but he's just more confident." Marshall offensive lineman Alex Mollette agreed that Wells seems different. "He's not a freshman anymore," Mollette said. - Charleston Gazette


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  07/26/21 - Eli NealrSo/2024, Marshall, 6-1, 223 (DS#17 ILB) + More +

  Marshall University linebacker Eli Neal has never been one to fear change. Coming from Memphis, Tennessee, to Huntington was a culture shock in itself when he made the decision to pursue a football career with the Thundering Herd, but Neal prides himself in rolling with the punches. With first-year coach Charles Huff now at the helm, Neal said the move has been taken in stride as the program's philosophies shift. "The transition hasn't been as hard as most people would probably think, changing head coaches," Neal said. "For the most part, we've been a player-led team for a while. We know where we want to go as a team. Coach Huff coming in with a new energy has helped us move even farther and just made the transition a whole lot smoother."

As Neal gets set for the 2021 season, his role will also be in transition as he takes on more of a focal point within the defense. Last season, linebacker Tavante Beckett was the unequivocal leader of the defense and one of the nation's top linebackers, finishing with 90 tackles in nine games, which led him to the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year award. With Beckett now gone, Neal steps into that leadership role as a player who has to be solid on every single down. - Charleston Gazette


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  07/21/21 - Grant WellsrSo/2024, Marshall, 6-2, 203 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  Last season, Marshall quarterback Grant Wells impressed as a freshman, earning Conference USA accolades along the way. This season, Wells' accolades are starting on a more national scale. On Monday, the Charleston native and George Washington High School graduate was named to the watch list for the 2021 Maxwell Award, given to the top player in college football. Wells earned Conference USA Freshman of the Year and all-conference first-team honors for his performance in 2020, which had the Thundering Herd ranked No. 15 at one point of the season. For the year, Wells finished 165 of 270 for 2,091 yards and 18 touchdowns with nine interceptions. - Charleston Gazette

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  07/11/21 - Billy RossrSr/2022, Marshall, 6-4, 320 (DS#999 OG) + More +

  Billy Ross has seen his college football career officially come full circle. As it stands, the first school to offer him out of Huntington High School will be the final place he plays in the college ranks. Ross, who completed his degree at North Carolina, has joined Marshall's program as a graduate transfer who can have immediate impact for the Thundering Herd's offensive line. For Ross, there was never any question of him playing for Marshall. It was just a matter of when. "Even when I was at North Carolina, I always rooted for Marshall to win their games," Ross said. "I knew when it came down to it, when I made my decision [to transfer], I'd end up back here." Just how serious was Ross about a return to Huntington to play for his hometown team? "There was no question," Ross said. "I didn't even talk to any other coaches when I hit the portal. It was only Marshall." During the 2020 season, Ross committed to Marshall, which was coached by Doc Holliday at the time. - Charleston Gazette

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