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THE HERD returned to more of its high-tempo offense against Middle Tennessee. The 87 plays it ran against the Blue Raiders were the most its run in a game since going for 87 versus Virginia Tech and the most its run in regulation since going for 94 plays versus Miami (Ohio). And it was a major shift from the 69 plays Marshall ran against Florida Atlantic.
Holliday said the Herd was playing its best against Middle Tennessee when it was running at a high tempo, but don't expect the team to completely abandon the idea of slowing down the pace the rest of this season.
"I think we have to be able to do that, but if there's a point in the game where you need to slow it down, we've proven we can do that, too, against a pretty solid team," he said. "Hopefully, when you get to that point, the game's under control a little bit. You have certain situations, as a coach, where you want to slow it down a little bit. I think you just get a feel for that during the game. It's great to have that option, when you do, that the situation's under control."
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THERE WILL BE two first-time game captains Saturday - linebacker Evan McKelvey and offensive lineman Alex Schooler. McKelvey recorded 12 tackles, 10 solos, with two tackles for a loss against Middle Tennessee, while Schooler played every snap at right guard. The other two are corner Monterius Lovett, a three-time captain, and center Chris Jasperse, who was named captain for a sixth straight week. ... Holliday said that strong safety D.J. Hunter, banged up on the last drive of the Middle Tennessee game, would be back on the practice field this week.
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