"If we practiced as an entire football team right now, would we focus on?" Legg asked. "We'd focus on that two-, two-and-a-half, or max three-deep, which means all those guys that were here all summer, you'd go with those guys first because they've got the experience.
"By giving these guys as an opportunity to take as many snaps and take as many reps as what the older guys are going to get in the afternoon, now we have a real shot of getting a legitimate evaluation of whether they can be ready to help us come this fall," he added.
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The wind was blowing at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, which helped the Herd's kickers as they practiced kickoffs, but the four straight kicks that sailed into the end zone were something Holliday has wanted to see.
"Don't tell anybody," Holliday joked. "Don't jinx me, now. We've got to find a way where there's no returns. Those two freshman walk-on kids, that's what they're here for, and both of them can do it."
Those walk-ons are Amareto Curraj from Tampa, Fla., and Nicholas Smith from Plain City, Ohio, brought in to improve Marshall's touchback frequency. Of the 83 kickoffs between Justin Haig and Trent Martin last year, only six were touchbacks.
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Holliday said record-setting wide receiver Tommy Shuler should be back at full speed pretty soon, as should fellow receiver Davonte Allen. Both have been banged up, and Holliday said he didn't want to rush them back into action. Allen, he said, could be ready by today to practice at full speed.
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