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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THE HERD got about as lucky as it could have with the weather associated with Hurricane Sandy's assault on the East Coast. While Cabell County cancelled school because of snow, any morning snow in Huntington was washed away by afternoon rains. The Edwards Stadium turf was soggy, but clear Tuesday afternoon.
"It is what it is," Holliday said. "You can't worry about what you can't control. We'll go out and do our best. We're fine. We'll go out and practice and accomplish what we have to get accomplished."
Holliday said the weather was an example of how important an indoor practice facility is for the team. Ground has not yet been broken on the facility, which could open in 2014.
"You get in a situation this time of the year or later in the year when you're preparing for a bowl game and you may not get out for two weeks," he said. "That's why it's important that we get these facilities built and continue going in that direction."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.