"With the playcalling, it definitely seems like we're trying to throw the ball more, get the ball out in space more, rather than just run the ball straight downhill. "
And Frohnapfel is getting plenty of opportunities to get comfortable in those roles. With Gator Hoskins out with an injury this spring, it's Frohnapfel who is running with the first-string offense. In 2012, the 6-foot-6, 227-pounder served as Hoskins' understudy, playing in all 12 games and catching 13 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
Frohnapfel said what the extra work shows him is that he's capable of playing with the Herd's starters.
"I'm out here with the ones and there isn't a drop-off between me and Gator," he said. "We can both play at the same level. I just like the fact that when I come out here I'm the starting tight end. I like the extra pressure it puts on me, kind of the mindset I have to have knowing I'm the one. I really like that edge that it gives me."
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FORMER HERD and South Charleston High School receiver Aaron Dobson will hold an autograph session from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Collectibles Etc. in the Nitro Marketplace in Cross Lanes.
Dobson, who finished his Marshall career tied with Troy Brown for fourth on the school's career touchdown receptions list, is expected to be drafted in the first three rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Tickets can be bought in advance via the Collectibles Etc. website at shop.collectiblesincwv.com or by calling (304) 776-0020.
During a Thursday conference call, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said that scouts at the West Virginia University's pro day were still buzzing about Dobson's pro day workout the day before. They especially appreciated how effective he was in catching the ball in the frigid conditions that March afternoon presented.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd