"This time of year, you have a lot of guys playing that are still banged up," he said.
Kicker Justin Haig is one of those players. He kicked three field goals against Houston, including a career-high 45-yarder to win the game, but did so while fighting through bad back spasms. He's gone through treatment three times a week to stay in the lineup.
Holliday said there's a chance Haig and fellow kicker Trent Martin could share kickoff duties against ECU. Martin kicked off twice against Houston, getting the Herd's only touchback.
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QUARTERBACK RAKEEM CATO has said in the past that he's not a running quarterback. That image changed a bit against Houston and could remain different against East Carolina.
Cato carried the ball nine times for 32 yards against the Cougars. One carry went for 17 yards and he scored a five-yard touchdown in the third quarter, Marshall's only touchdown of the second half.
The Herd is seeing more three-man defensive lines in the second half of the season, and Cato said both quarterbacks coach Tony Petersen and running backs coach JaJuan Seider have talked to him about the finer points of pulling the ball down and taking off.
Cato's touchdown run was the first of his career.
"When the run is there, I'm going to go out there and just run the ball and hopefully get positive yards," he said. "If it's there, take it. If it's not, don't force it and just go on with the play call and read everything out. If the run's there, I'm going to take it."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.