HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Sixth-year guard John Bruhin wasn't sure if he'd see the field Saturday night versus Ohio.
When his bruised sternum kept him on the sidelines through halftime, his participation looked even more in doubt. That doubt increased once the third quarter passed and he still hadn't played.
"Then it started getting down to the wire and I was like, 'Oh, I'm probably going in,' " he said.
And Bruhin thinks that, when he entered the Ohio game for the last couple of drives of the fourth quarter, he was the first offensive lineman to come off the bench and relieve a starter.
A six-lineman rotation is a bit smaller than what the Thundering Herd is used to this season. And when the team travels to Rice on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff (CSS/WCHS telecast), Coach Doc Holliday said that should change.
"We have to play more guys," Holliday said. "The thing is, (tackle) Garrett (Scott) didn't practice and Bruhin didn't practice a lot and we were limited as far as who we had. Lovell went in and played when he hadn't played the week before.
"In doing what we're doing offensively," he said, "we've got to roll two or three more guys and that's going to happen this week."
The rotation shrank, Holliday said, because Scott (ankle) was out and the team was hesitant to play Bruhin.
That left tackles Jordan Jeffries and Gage Niemeyer, guards Alex Schooler and Josh Lovell and center Chris Jasperse to take the majority of the snaps.
Marshall has a number of younger offensive linemen, but Holliday said coaches decided to stick with proven linemen against the Bobcats.