"It's good that you have four of them that can all play," Holliday said. "Sooner or later, you look at last year, the time we got to East Carolina, Taliaferro was the only one that was healthy. It's great that we have all four of them and all four will be used throughout the year."
Holliday said Grooms would be fine, as would corner Keith Baxter, who spent the afternoon with a walking boot on his right foot.
The running backs aren't the only unit showing depth this preseason. Holliday has been pleased with the abilities of his linebacker corps as well. He said that in the offseason the coaches identified linebacker as one of the spots where the Herd needed to get stronger. Adding Kent Turene, Neville Hewitt and Stefan Houston, among others, has helped do that.
"Where that helps you too, now that we have six or eight of them we think can play, it makes your special teams so much better, because those guys are now cover guys," Holliday said. "Those guys can all run down on kickoffs and block punts and do all those different things."
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THE HERD will have one practice session this afternoon, the first in which the players can wear full pads.
"I'm not sure it's going to be any different than the last two days," Holliday said. "To me, it's no different. We won't tackle to the ground, but most of the stuff we do will work anyway, because it makes you better tacklers."
Marshall will hold its first scrimmage Saturday at 10:45 a.m. Gates will open at 10:15 a.m. and the scrimmage will be open to season ticket holders and Big Green members. Marshall will have its fan day Sunday from 4-6 p.m. on Joan C. Edwards Stadium field. Fans are asked to remain in the chairback sections on the stadium's west side until the team takes the team photo in the east stands. At that time, fans can enter the field and take a team photo in a designated area. After the team photo, players will be available on the field for autographs. Admission is free.
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.