ONE PLACE where injuries do damage that many don't think about is special teams, Holliday said. As normal special teamers get hurt and need replaced, it forces players not used to that job to step in.
"You've got guys banged up and that's where it gets you," he said. "You've got three corners that are normally on special teams but they're not on there because they're not practicing. That's where it shows up."
Some of those replacements played pretty well. Running backs Kevin Grooms and Steward Butler joined the kickoff team and Grooms recorded two tackles, while Butler notched one.
"What you have to do is you have to get athletes in there," Holliday said. "You're going to see Stew and you're going to see Grooms. We've got to get our best people on there."
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SPECIAL TEAMS could be a factor in Saturday's game, considering the chances UAB has taken during the year. The Blazers have blocked two punts, one returned for a touchdown against Ohio State, and one extra point. They've also recovered three of the five onside kicks they've tried this season.
"I was with (Ohio State coach) Urban (Meyer) a long time, and I don't think he's ever had a punt blocked and an onside kick against him in the same game, and that happened against UAB," Holliday said. "One thing we have to do is be extremely well-coached in all phases."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.