Boykins, linebacker-thick at 211 pounds, said the team's overall athleticism should allow that versatility to shine through on the court.
"We have a lot of 6-6 guys that can run a 2, run a 3 and run some 4 because they have great jumping ability," Boykins said. "I think our team is very, very versatile. I think it's going to work in our favor this year with mismatches and things of that nature."
With that boost in athleticism, Herrion expects the Herd to play a little differently than last season, becoming more of a pressure team. It's a style Herrion used when he was head coach at the College of Charleston, and a style he feels the team will enjoy playing.
It should change the face of not just the offense, but the defense as well, and both could use some help to improve from last season's dismal statistics. The Herd finished eighth out of 12 Conference USA teams in scoring offense (69.0 points per game) and 11th in scoring defense (72.7 ppg allowed). Marshall was 10th in shooting percentage (42.7 percent) and ninth in shooting percentage allowed (44 percent). That includes allowing 37-percent shooting from 3-point range, which was last in C-USA.
"We're going to try to get up and be a little more aggressive than we have been in the past, try to force tempo with our defense a little bit more, both full court and half court," Herrion said.
"I think we have the personnel to extend and also play a lot of guys. So we're going to look to play a little faster and more aggressive and our defense, hopefully, will start to create better offensive opportunities for us."
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.