He had a touchdown throw in the morning session, dropping a pass into the arms of Dameon Garrett in the left corner of the end zone. It's a throw he's been working to make since he started playing football, much of that work coming with former Herd quarterback Eric Kresser. But the ability to absorb the playbook through the spring and summer helped even more.
"In the meeting rooms, we're getting all this stuff thrown at us," Anderson said. "In the spring, it was day-by-day, slowly working things in. I was able to learn the signs by the next day. Now we've got half the entire playbook the first day."
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THE HERD players aren't the only ones taking their conditioning seriously. Offensive coordinator Bill Legg has been dropping the pounds himself. He said Tuesday that, after weighing 317 pounds during spring practice, he's now down to 271, a grand total of 46 pounds lost. Much of that, he said, comes from changing his diet, cutting out soda, white flour and caffeine. He'll eat a turkey sandwich, but hold the mayo and cheese and use whole grain bread.
"I'll get food to eat at the gas station," he said, "but it's almonds or an apple."
Holliday isn't surprised at Legg's level of dedication to his health.
"Not only is he a hell of a coach, he was a great athlete," he said of Legg, a Poca native who started at center for West Virginia University's football team. "He understands the importance of working to stay in shape."
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MARSHALL'S GAME on Nov. 2 versus Southern Mississippi now has an earlier start. The Herd and Golden Eagles now will kick off at noon rather than 12:30 p.m.
CBS Sports Network still will broadcast the game.
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.