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Marshall football: Arrington out; Van's future with program uncertain

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall University's football team will be without defensive captain Devin Arrington for Saturday's 2 p.m. game versus Memphis -- and likely longer, Marshall Coach Doc Holliday said Tuesday.

Holliday said the knee injury Arrington suffered in the Thundering Herd's 54-17 loss to the University of Central Florida last Saturday will probably keep him out of action for two to three weeks. Arrington, a fifth-year senior, spent most of the second half of the UCF game on the sidelines without a helmet and with a brace wrapped around his right knee.

Deon Meadows played in Arrington's stead. The 5-foot-11, 223-pound sophomore recorded seven tackles, four solo, forced and recovered a fumble and blocked an extra point.

"When somebody gets hurt, somebody else has to step in and get it done," Holliday said. "Deon did and did some good things and that was good to see."

Arrington is fifth on the team with 47 tackles, 31 solo, with two for a loss. He also has one 18-yard interception, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.

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Travon Van, the redshirt sophomore running back-turned-corner, remains on the shelf for the Marshall football team, but according to his Twitter feed, he might have played his last game for the Thundering Herd.

According to his feed, he replied to a follower at 7:13 p.m. Monday night that he had been granted his release two weeks before.

"To Be honest I got Release 2 weeks ago," Van tweeted. "My mom is real sick so Marshall is helping me get closer to her."

Holliday said he has not signed a release for Van and the two will talk after the season.

"Travon's got a mom that's extremely sick," he said. "He's got some personal issues at home. We'll deal with that once the season's over. Him and I will need to talk at some point at the end of the season if that's the case. Travon's a great kid and his mom has some personal issues, health-wise, that are extremely tough."

Holliday also said Van was still unable to play due to an unspecified injury. He had said earlier the injury had caused numbness in one of Van's arms.

Van was Marshall's second-leading rusher in 2011, gaining 551 yards and three touchdowns on 143 carries. He began this season as the Herd's starting running back when last year's starter, Tron Martinez, remained sidelined as he recovered from offseason knee surgery. Van has gained 93 yards and two scores on 39 carries in 2012.

In the week before Marshall's win at Rice, Van moved from starting running back to reserve corner to bolster the depth chart there.  But he did not make the trip to Purdue and has not played since. Holliday has previously said Van was injured and had not been cleared by doctors to practice.

The Marshall running game has held up without Van, ranking sixth in Conference USA at 164.4 yards per game with 17 touchdowns. But the Herd's secondary still has depth issues. After freshman A.J. Leggett was shelved after season-ending shoulder surgery and Darryl Roberts has not yet played this season as he recovers from a broken ankle, Marshall usually has employed three healthy corners - Keith Baxter, Jr., Monterius Lovett and Penn State transfer Derrick Thomas.

Both Thomas and Baxter left last Saturday's loss to UCF for periods of time after getting banged up, but Holliday said sophomore Ardy Holmes and redshirt-sophomore Derek Robinson could step in if necessary.


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