Williams, a freshman from Fort Wayne, Ind., said that consistency comes from solid performances from the entire punt team.
"The special teams are coming together," he said. "Everything's going good, which gives me more confidence to kick the ball. I'm getting a good snap and good block, which makes me feel secure back there."
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FRESHMAN defensive lineman Steve Dillon limped off the field during Thursday's practice, though Holliday said he should be fine. It allowed redshirt sophomore and South Charleston High graduate Blake Brooks more time on the field. With junior Brandon Sparrow also out of practice tending to a family issue, Holliday said Brooks has done well to fortify what has been a thinner line the last couple of practices.
"He's done a nice job," Holliday said of the 6-foot-1, 305-pound Brooks. "We've asked him to get his weight down and he's done that. He's a strong, young guy that works hard."
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MARSHALL'S home-and-home series with Navy has been moved from 2016 and 2018 to 2021 and 2022, the university confirmed Thursday. The Thundering Herd was scheduled to visit Annapolis, Md. in 2016 and host the Midshipmen in 2018, but Navy's entrance into the Big East for football had forced the school to revamp its future schedules to accommodate conference play.
Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick spoke with Navy AD Chet Gladchuk and was able to keep the series alive, but at a later date. Marshall will visit Navy in 2021 and Navy comes to Huntington in 2022.
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THE AGREEMENT between Marshall/IMG Sports and WCHS/WVAH-TV was officially announced Thursday. Under the two-year deal, WCHS/WVAH will carry select live broadcasts of Marshall football and men's basketball games, and WVAH will carry the men's basketball and football coaches' shows. Mark Martin, the color analyst on Marshall's football radio broadcasts, will host the shows.
WSAZ had been the local TV home for Marshall football and men's basketball, but according to a source close to the negotiations, WCHS/WVAH "significantly" outbid WSAZ for the rights.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.