"It's a mix-up," Scott said. "We can throw different change-ups in different games. Everyone thinks we're coming fast, fast, fast. But we can go fast and slow it down."
The Herd is running more, averaging five more carries per game than last season, and has improved its rushing numbers slightly. Marshall runs for 180.4 yards per game this year, up from 169.17 yards last year. Rakeem Cato is even running more, with 45 attempts in five games in 2013, as opposed to 57 attempts in 12 games in 2012.
Cato said those variations make for a more effective offense.
"That's where you have to give all the respect to (offensive coordinator Bill) Legg and the offensive staff," Cato said. "Other teams watch film, too, so we're not going to run basically the same things we did last year and expect to throw for 5,000 yards and expect the same things. We have to get better and mix and match with them as an offense."
Marshall's offense likes scoring, but the entire team likes winning. The Herd is 3-2 this season after never sporting a winning record in 2012. The offensive players see a vastly improved Herd defense - one that can give the offense short fields with 12 turnovers it's already forced in 2013 - and want to do what they can to help that unit play at its best. So if slowing down the pace means fresher defensive players but fewer yards, they're fine with that.
"As long as everybody has that winning attitude, I couldn't care less," Cato said. "Like I said in the spring and summer, I can throw for one yard or one touchdown. As long as we got the win, I'm satisfied."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.
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