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Marshall football: Holliday likes what he’s seeing from offensive line

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall football Coach Doc Holliday is starting to like what he sees from his offensive line this camp. They're picking up blitzes and working at a quicker tempo, one Holliday wants to see with his offense.

It hasn't always been the case, but the line is starting to grow on him.

"Those guys have had a lot of criticism in the past couple of years, including from me," he said Tuesday, before adding with a smile, "I went into the room and said, 'I'm not going to tell you I like you yet, but when I'm walking in this room, I'm not puking, I'm smiling.' "

Holliday credited Geep Wade, who arrived in Huntington this spring to coach guards and centers, with much of the line's on-field improvement. He also tipped his cap to head strength and conditioning coach Joe Miday and his assistant coach Scott Wilks, whose work with the line in the summer sent the linemen into camp in better shape.

Redshirt sophomore center Chris Jasperse said the line's conditioning has helped it fire off the ball better later in drives.

"We didn't like it then, but we knew it was going to pay off now, and definitely in camp and in the season," he said.

"Our conditioning level is so high, we can go eight and 12-play drives and not even be tired."

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MARSHALL WILL have a new local television station to call home. According to a source close to the negotiations, WCHS Channel 8, the local ABC affiliate, outbid WSAZ Channel 3, the local NBC affiliate, for the rights to broadcast football and men's basketball games not picked up in the Conference USA television package, as well as the football and men's basketball coaches' shows.

The source added that WCHS "significantly" outbid WSAZ for the rights. WSAZ had those rights, uninterrupted, since 1996. Mark Martin, the color analyst for Marshall football games and sports director at WCHS and WVAH, will host the coaches' shows. Keith Morehouse, sports director at WSAZ, had hosted the coaches' shows for that station.

A formal announcement should come this week.

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HERD FRESHMAN Tyler Williams and redshirt freshman Austin Dumas have been battling for the starting punting job since camp began. Both have had their struggles, but Williams put on a nice display at Tuesday's practice, and Holliday noticed.

"I thought he was tremendous (Monday) and it carried over into (Tuesday), and that's a positive," he said.

 Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.redd@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.


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