Marshall football: Myers, Bazzie in a fight for DE spot
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Don't be surprised if, on the Herd's depth chart, you see an "or" between Alex Bazzie and Ra'Shawde Myers at defensive end, Coach Doc Holliday said. Both have practiced well this camp in his eyes.
"We've got two starters," Holliday said. "If they're that even, you don't have to worry. The depth chart may have a slash on it. You've got two starters, and they're both going to have to play.
"They'll both play an equal number of reps and that's a good thing," he added. "You can keep guys fresh and roll them in there."
Both Bazzie and Myers played in all 13 games last season. Myers, a 6-foot-4, 234-pound redshirt sophomore, recorded nine tackles, 1.5 for a loss and a sack in 2011. Bazzie, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound redshirt junior, recorded 21 tackles, one for a loss and three quarterback hurries in 2011.
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MARSHALL'S MONDAY practice ended a little earlier than usual, and Holliday said that had to do more with the speed with which they practiced.
"The reason it was shorter is because we have X number of plays we want to run and we wanted to speed things up with tempo," he said.
Holliday felt the Thundering Herd wasn't as fast-paced as he likes during Saturday's scrimmage and he wanted to make sure that got fixed on Monday.
"I thought they came out (Monday) with a lot of energy and had a good practice."
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WIDE RECEIVER Craig Wilkins is a quiet player who'd like his actions to speak louder than his words. With catches like the one he made at Saturday's scrimmage, he doesn't need to do much talking.
Quarterback Blake Frohnapfel put some air underneath a throw from the 1-yard line and Wilkins was there to snatch it, leaping high in the air for a one-handed 19-yard reception. People afterward said it was a catch they'd expect senior Aaron Dobson to make, but Wilkins wasn't ready to make that comparison just yet.
"Aaron's the guy," he said. "We all know that. He's like a big brother to me."
The 6-foot-1, 176-pound sophomore from Hialeah, Fla., led all receivers at Saturday's scrimmage with 89 yards on eight catches. He said he took as much pride in big catches as he does with what he can do afterward.
"I'll take both," he said. "As a receiver you need (yards after the catch) and you need to catch the ball."
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