"Marshall is a great team; they've made major improvements from where they were last year," he said. "Overall, I think they're a better team and are playing good football."
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LINEBACKER DEVIN Arrington thought he had a shot at one big play Saturday, but it turned out to be a different, and even bigger, one. Arrington intercepted Sullivan in the third quarter and took it 18 yards for his first career touchdown.
"I'd seen the running back screen coming out of the backfield," he said. "At first I thought it was going to be a kill-shot on the running back, but then he overthrew the ball, so I said I'll take it to the house."
It was a different feeling for Arrington and the Marshall defense, maligned after giving up 655 yards in their season-opening loss to West Virginia University. Against the Catamounts, Marshall allowed 355 yards, and gave up just 120 by halftime before the game was out of reach.
"It felt good to come back and actually fly around and feel comfortable doing what we do as a defense," he said. "Anytime a defensive player gets a score, it doesn't happen often, so it was a good day."
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ARRINGTON GOT a new fellow starter among the linebackers - redshirt freshman D.J. Hunter - who moved from strong safety to linebacker for Saturday and started ahead of Raheem Waiters. Head Coach Doc Holliday said the move was made to ensure his best 11 players were on the field.
"He brings some athleticism to the position and I thought, for the most part, he'd done a nice job," Holliday said.
Hunter finished with six tackles, though he was flagged for roughing Sullivan in the second quarter. Hunter's position change wasn't the only news in Marshall's secondary from Saturday. Holliday said following the game that true freshman corner A.J. Leggett, a four-star recruit from Miami, would miss the season following shoulder surgery. He was on the sidelines Saturday with his right arm in a sling and will take a medical redshirt.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.