Receivers young and old are soaking in Furrey's lessons, redshirt sophomore Davonte Allen said. An eight-year NFL veteran, Furrey led the NFC with 98 catches in 2006 as a member of the Detroit Lions. And the Herd wideouts have no problem listening to the advice of a man with so much NFL experience.
"He's a very good coach with paying attention to detail," said Allen, who caught 12 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns last season. "He's been there before, so he just preaches to us what we need to do to get there. We're just taking everything he's saying and trying to build on it and get better."
The depth chart will get solidified as practice goes on this month, but few receivers likely will have to worry about sitting. With an offense that attempted 607 passes and averaged about 90 plays last season, Holliday figures the Herd will need at least 12 receivers for that unit to be effective.
When Furrey arrived in the spring, saw the offense Marshall runs and saw that 20 different players recorded a catch last year, he figured he'd need to get plenty of receivers ready. And with players like Evans, Allen, Hunt, Knight and Penn State transfer Shawney Kersey, that shouldn't be a problem.
"I'm not going out there for 90 plays and running full bore," Furrey said. "That's humanly impossible (to do that) and be fully loaded in the fourth quarter. You have to have guys, especially on the outside. They're our field-stretchers. You'd love to have three guys you can interchange - two good guys that can be the main-load guys and a guy that can get a rep here and there and not have much of a drop off."
Stepping into the spots vacated by Wilson and Dobson won't be easy, but Evans said it's not being treated as an insurmountable challenge. This season's receivers are excited for the chance to carry on their friends' tradition.
"Just growing up behind them for two years and all of us being so close, we don't look at them as stars," Evans said. "They're just like your brother passing down his jacket to you. It just feels good to know those guys made a path and we're just following it."
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.