SATURDAY'S scrimmage will kick off a bit later than last Saturday's. The Herd will begin Saturday's session at 7 p.m. at Joan C. Edwards Stadium after going head to head last Saturday morning. Holliday said he moved the scrimmage to later in the day to better simulate a typical game day. Four of Marshall's 2013 games are scheduled for 7 p.m. or later, including the Herd's season opener Aug. 31 versus Miami (Ohio).
Holliday said it'll be good for the team to play under the stadium lights early.
"We'll kind of get a feel of what it will be like on game day," he said. "Unfortunately, 7 p.m., it'll still be a little light out, but that's the same as it will be when we open up. We're just trying to simulate as much as we can."
It might allow the coaches to experience some game-day conditions, too. Holliday is considering putting some of the coaches in the booth, especially since so many are new to the staff. The scrimmage will be open to Big Green members only, though memberships can be bought Saturday at Gate A.
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THE TEAM DRILLS have been a bit more competitive this season, Holliday said, and that's good news for him. During one streak in Wednesday afternoon third-down drills, the defense got to quarterback Rakeem Cato three consecutive times for touch "sacks." The more difficult the defense makes it for the offense in the preseason, Holliday said, the easier it should be for the offense in the regular season.
"This time last year, they weren't winning a whole lot of them and the offense was moving the ball down the field, which wasn't a good thing," he said. "The defense has to continue to get better than they are and, because the defense is better and they're playing with better players, it's going to help our offense."
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