One was freshman running back Kevin Grooms, who showed off his speed during team drills at the end of the morning session. Grooms, a 5-foot-10, 165-pounder from Hollywood, Fla., took a hand-off, made a couple of quick cuts and zoomed into the end zone.
Sophomore defensive back Ardy Holmes had back-to-back solid plays in the morning team drills, nearly coming up with an interception, then coming back for another pass break-up.
In the afternoon team portion, wide receiver Aaron Dobson snatched a bubble screen, found a hole and raced toward the end zone for what likely would have been a touchdown if the whistle hadn't blown. After having fumbling the ball earlier, freshman running back Steward Butler was able to get to the second level of the defense.
And while Holliday said it was still early, he liked what he saw from the entire defense.
"That defense looks like they're running around pretty well," he said. "I hope the defense ... if they don't go down there and kick the crap out of the offense, we have issues. And they did that for the most part and that's a good thing."
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TRUE FRESHMAN quarterback Gunnar Holcombe looked good in the morning, completing several nice passes. Holliday said Holcombe's arm wasn't the only thing that has impressed him at the start of camp. The 6-foot-3, 187-pound newcomer from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has shown a good mental make-up and a capacity to learn.
"We knew when we got him he could throw it, that he had all the intangibles, and he hasn't disappointed us at all," Holliday said. "Unless they have the great intangibles and work ethic and leadership skills and all those things, they're pretty average. I know the three guys we have here on campus have all those things."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.