"He's got an issue injury-wise where he cannot practice," Holliday said. "He has not been cleared by our doctors for physical contact. He's had that issue since he's been here."
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THE HERD is scheduled to play Western Kentucky in a home-and-home series in 2017 and 2018. Marshall will visit WKU in 2017 and host the Hilltoppers in 2018. The Bowling Green Daily News reported that WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart announced the deal Monday. Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick declined comment Tuesday. The Hilltoppers are 5-1 this season, their lone loss coming against top-ranked Alabama. They did edge Kentucky in overtime and beat Southern Miss, 42-17.
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SECOND QUARTERS haven't been kind to the Herd during some parts of the season. Marshall allowed 21 points to West Virginia in the second, as the Mountaineers ran away with that game. The Herd gave up 17 to Ohio in that quarter, which erased a two-touchdown lead. Marshall allowed 28 second-quarter points to Purdue, including two interceptions returned for touchdowns. All three games were losses.
Holliday said MU can't fall into a hole going into halftime this week. History shows that hole is pretty tough to escape.
"Starting fast in any game helps you, as far as your momentum goes," he said. "That's been a goal of ours all along, to get out of the blocks and start fast. Hopefully we can start fast, because we have players back who are healthy."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.