Tag:Doc Holliday
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:30 am
 

QUICK HITS: Beef O'Brady's Bowl

Posted by Adam Jacobi

MARSHALL WON. The Marshall Thundering Herd capitalized on multiple FIU miscues in the fourth quarter, and Marshall came away with a 20-10 victory. Rakeem Cato had a productive second half and finished with 224 yards passing and two touchdowns through the air for Marshall, and FIU was held to just 246 yards of offense on the day.

HOW MARSHALL WON: Marshall had six blocked punts coming into this game, so let's make it seven. Zach Dunston blocked a punt in the fourth quarter and were it not for a litany of penalties after the block, he would have scored a touchdown on the recovery. As it was, Marshall stayed close enough to the end zone to kick a go-ahead field goal with under six minutes left, and that was enough to take the lead for good.

WHEN MARSHALL WON: After Marshall's go-ahead field goal, FIU still had more than enough time to drive down the field, but T.Y. Hilton coughed up the football -- his second fumble of the day -- and Marshall recovered near midfield. The Thundering Herd would hang onto the ball until there was under a minute to play ... at which point Cato reared back on a 4th and 5 on the FIU 35 and found Aaron Dobson for a long touchdown pass to seal the win. Yes, Marshall called a deep pass play on 4th down with a 3-point lead to protect. That is play-calling con gusto.

WHAT MARSHALL WON: Marshall was widely regarded as the worst bowl team of the 70 with bids this year, so coming away from the Beef O'Brady's Bowl with a win anyway is a major plus for Doc Holliday and the program. Rakeem Cato came on strong and still has three years of eligibility left, so Marshall fans ought to be pleased with having their QB situation settled until 2014.

WHAT FIU LOST: It stinks to see T.Y. Hilton be such a big part of the offense in his final game, only to have him fumble away the team's last shot at scoring. But really, what's more important than even this game itself is whether FIU loses Mario Cristobal to Pittsburgh or if Pitt goes in a different direction. Cristobal's not the only person capable of winning at FIU, in all likelihood, but he is literally the only person to be head coach of FIU thus far, and undoubtedly the FIU brass would prefer Cristobal stays home for as long as possible.

THAT WAS CRAZY: On the final play of the game, Marshall defensive lineman Marques Aiken and FIU offensive lineman Giancarlo Revilla engaged in some extracurricular activity, including Revilla tearing off Aiken's helmet and Aiken throwing at least one punch at Revilla. Guys, guys, guys. Please don't have beef with each other. Beef has no place in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl!

FINAL GRADE: C-. Sloppy play abounded in this game, and only the late touchdown throw by Cato saved this mess of a game from getting into D-level territory. 



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Posted on: September 9, 2011 11:33 am
Edited on: September 9, 2011 11:34 am
 

Marshall receiver has charges dropped

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Marshall wide receiver Troy Evans was arrested for four counts of armed robbery and one count of wanton endangerment in August after he allegedly went on a miniature robbery spree on the Marshall campus. Evans had been accused of brandishing a handgun and robbing four people on campus in a ten minute span.

Well, according to a release from Cabell County prosecutor Chris Chiles, as of Friday morning all the charges against Evans have been dropped. In the statement Chiles cited insufficient evidence and an alibi that was corroborated by seven individuals.

As you would expect after Evans was arrested for such crimes, he had been suspended indefinitely by the Marshall football team, and now much like the charges against him, Evans suspension has been dropped. He'll be able to suit up for the Herd this Saturday against Southern Mississippi.

"Troy is reinstated immediately," Marshall Atheletic Director Mike Hamrick said in a statement. "Doc Holliday and I have discussed this and Troy can play against Southern Miss on Saturday. That is Doc's decision."

Evans had 21 catches for 225 yards and 3 touchdowns for Marshall in 2010. He also scored 2 rushing touchdowns and returned a kick for a score as well.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 12:01 pm
 

Marshall boots senior lineman from team

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Doc Holliday won't be Brandon Campbell's huckleberry, and Brandon Campbell will no longer be an offensive lineman for Marshall.  

Holliday announced that Campbell was no longer a member of the team at his press conference on Tuesday.  Only a few days before Campbell -- who has started nine games for the Herd this season -- was to make his final collegiate start on senior day against Tulane.

It seems that Campbell had a hard time dealing with a curfew imposed on the team last Thursday night, and it's not the first time he's done so, as he served a one-game suspension for the same reason earlier this year.

"It's disappointing when a guy lets you down like that," Holliday said Tuesday. "It's unfortunate, but every decision you make has a consequence. When you make bad decisions you got to live with the consequences and he's got to live with them.

"You invest so much. You work 365 days a year to go out and get 12 opportunities. These kids, if I ask them to be in at 10 o'clock at night on a Thursday night, which I think is one of the most important nights of the week to get the proper rest, you need to go out and be at competitive excellence when you play on Saturday, then they are going to be in at 10 o'clock.

"If you can't do that 12 nights out of the year then you are not committed enough to play for Marshall. That's the way it is going to be. It's not going to be any different next year and the following year and the following year. I'm not going to waver on that and I never will."

Now it seems a little cold that Holliday would make such a decision only a few days before a player's final game, but I don't blame him at all. Campbell put himself in the situation by repeatedly putting himself in front of the team, and a head coach can't tolerate that from any of his players lest it becomes a habit throughout the roster.

Redshirt freshman Corey Tenney has taken Campbell's place on the depth chart.
 
 
 
 
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