THE FIVE receivers who signed with the Herd on Wednesday with have one less veteran to compete against. Jazz King, a redshirt junior last season, announced on Twitter that he will transfer. King, from Duncan, S.C., caught five passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in 2013. He ends his three-season on-field tenure with 22 catches, 280 yards and four touchdowns.
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FOR TWO OF the Herd's 2014 signees, their athletic ability moves beyond the gridiron and onto the wrestling mat. Winchester, Va., offensive lineman Jordan Dowrey and Palm Bay, Fla., defensive lineman Tomell One both are standout grapplers.
One was named an all-Space Coast wrestler in 2013 by Florida Today after placing sixth in the Florida Class 2A heavyweight tournament with a 39-5 record for Bayside High. Dowrey won the Virginia Class AA heavyweight title last season for Handley High School, finishing 52-0.
Holliday, a former state champion wrestler himself at Hurricane High, said the toughness one needs to be a successful wrestler obviously translates to the football field. Yet there are other, finer points where wrestling gives football players an edge.
"Any game is about knee bend," Holliday said. "You don't want to be waist-benders; you want to be knee-benders. You've got to be able to bend your knees, play with leverage and all those things you have to do in wrestling."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.charlestondailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.