"You don't know," he said. "We'll see. Those ankles are tough, so we'll see how it goes. But if somebody goes down, somebody else has to step up."
CENTER CHRIS JASPERSE had a challenging night against Runnin' Bulldogs nose tackle O.J. Le'iatua Mau. Herd coaches had talked all week about the 6-foot-2, 302-pound sophomore's skill, calling him an NFL-caliber player.
It was Jasperse's job to hold him at bay Saturday and while Mau recorded six tackles, one for a loss and a quarterback hurry, the Gardner-Webb defense still got gashed by Marshall's offense to the tune of 509 yards, including 224 on the ground.
"He came out here and played his butt off tonight," Jasperse said. "I got after him a little bit. It put a chip on my shoulder. I had to work extra hard on Tuesday and Wednesday, because I knew I had this quality of a guy (to face). Hard work pays off."
THE TOUCHBACK PARADE continued for Marshall's special teams and freshman kicker Amoreto Curraj. After a couple of line drives and one short kick, Curraj started booming them again and recorded six more touchbacks. The Herd now has 12 on the season. It had nine on Holliday's previous three seasons combined as Marshall's head coach.
"He thinks he needs to kick it out of the stadium rather than out of the end zone sometimes," Holliday said. "And that's what happened to him early. He was just trying to kick it too daggone hard. He settled down and kicked it well."
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