"They explained the grayshirt to me and I knew my leg wasn't 100 percent, so I was good with it."
Alston spent 2011 rehabilitating the injury.
He enrolled at Marshall University in January and was announced with the Class of 2012 signees.
Now, if he could just shaky that pesky knee brace.
"It will come off in the fall," Holliday said. "He was a dynamic player on film in high school.
"I probably haven't seen that speed out of him yet."
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IN SATURDAY'S scrimmage, freshman linebacker Armonze Daniel led the defense with 13 tackles.
Daniel, a 6-4, 232-pounder from Avon, Ind., redshirted last season at MU. His size at linebacker could portend a move to the defensive line in the future, but Herd defensive coordinator Chris Rippon likes Daniel at his current position.
Daniel is behind senior Devin Arrington at strongside linebacker, or "Sam."
"His size and speed and strength ratios are pretty darn good," Rippon said. "I like to expose them in different positions, but with being as young as we are, to say this week you're a "Will" (weakside linebacker) and this day you're a "Sam" and this day you're a "Mike" (middle linebacker), I don't know if I can do that.
"I don't think he'll move. I think he could be a guy, down the road, like Mario Harvey or George Carpenter where you can play him at linebacker and make him a rush end. That gives you flexibility.
"He's got enough on his plate just learning the "Will" position that if I suggested adding anything he'd knock me down."
Contact sportswriter Chuck McGill at chuck.mcg...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712.