The Herd could be without three senior team captains itself. Receiver Aaron Dobson and linebacker Devin Arrington both missed last game due to knee injuries. Receiver/returner Andre Snipes-Booker left the UAB game after what looked like a blow to the head and Holliday said his status is up in the air. Another captain, sixth-year guard John Bruhin, should be back after missing the last two games with a twisted ankle.
Bruhin said he and the other veteran leaders have an important job away from the field for this game. They need to make sure the younger players - and there are 19 players who are redshirt sophomores or younger on the two-deep chart - don't let the sense of urgency with which they need to compete devolve into panic.
"We have to try to keep them calm, try to keep them level and not have them get ahead of themselves," he said.
In quarterback Rakeem Cato's mind, the team must remember to enjoy itself on the field. That might not be too easy to do, especially in the face of such pressure. But C-USA's leading passer said that having fun and staying relaxed should put the Herd in a better position to perform well.
Cato is looking for a bounce-back game himself. He rebounded in the second half against the Blazers, but still threw for only 216 yards last Saturday, his lowest total of the season.
"You've got to have fun on everything you're doing, no matter what you're doing," Cato said. "That's one thing I feel like we've lacked. We've lacked just going out there and having fun.
"One thing I know about this team, is when we have fun, we're playing our best football," he added. "That's one thing we have to do right now, have fun and not over-think yourself."
Lose Saturday, though, and the final days of Marshall's 2012 season won't be fun for anyone.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.