Marshall football: Influx of transfers moves Daniel to line
HUNTINGTON - Redshirt freshman Armonze Daniel finds himself playing a bit closer to the line of scrimmage these days. He moved from linebacker to defensive end this season to capitalize on his athleticism.
The move essentially is a trickle-down effect from the arrival of Boston College safety transfers Dominick LeGrande and Okechukwu Okoroha. With them in the defensive backfield, senior Devin Arrington could move from safety to his more natural linebacker spot, and that allowed Daniel to work at defensive end.
Daniel said it's taking some getting used to, but he loves the ability to barrel into the backfield at full speed.
"Sometimes it gets kind of tough, adjusting to the things they do down there on the dline, coming from a linebacker or a safety's perspective, but it's all right," he said.
And if he's looking for advice on playing the position, he doesn't have to look far. His older brother, Montez Robinson, was a four-star recruit at defensive end and a former player at Georgia. His younger brother, Elijah Daniel, is a four-star defensive end recruit who has verbally committed to Clemson. All three starred at Avon High in Indiana.
"They just tell me to play fast all the time and not worry about anything else and just listen to the coach," the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Armonze Daniel said. "Everything else will take care of itself."
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SAFETY ZACH DUNSTON is no longer with the team, Marshall announced Monday. Dunston, a 6-foot, 201pound safety from Virginia Beach, Va., appeared in six games in 2011.
His claim to fame was being credited for a blocked punt late in the fourth quarter in last season's 20-10 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl win. On the ensuing possession, Tyler Warner hit a 39yard field goal to break a 10-10 tie with 5:16 left in the game.
Marshall added two safeties to the depth chart this season, Boston College transfers Okechukwu Okoroha and Dominick LeGrande.
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AFTER LOOKING at the film from Saturday's scrimmage, Coach Doc Holliday said the most encouraging aspect was the offense staying turnover-free. The one fumble the defense forced landed out of bounds and stayed out of defensive hands.
"The offense did a good job of executing and keeping the ball off the ground and making plays," he said. "Defensively, we stayed in a base look and, for the most part, tackled pretty well."
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CORNER DARRYL ROBERTS remained out of practice Monday, but also was out of the walking boot he had been wearing since the start of camp. Freshman A.J. Leggett had an ice pack strapped to his right shoulder during the morning practice, but Holliday said it was nothing serious. Leggett was wearing a sling during the afternoon practice.
Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jarquez Samuel was held out of the afternoon practice after getting his bell run near the end of the morning session. Holliday said he should be back within the next couple of days.