Nunley won't accept all the credit for what he's been able to do in his Miami career. There are plenty of other guys, he said, who have contributed to his success.
"We have a great defensive line and great linebackers," he said. "They're going to get after it and give me the opportunity to do what I do best."
He'll have to be at his best Saturday. The Thundering Herd threw for 365.08 yards per game last season and returns 2012 Conference USA MVP quarterback Rakeem Cato, record-setting receiver Tommy Shuler and tight end Gator Hoskins. From looking at film, Nunley sees that the Herd's receivers are exceptional route-runners and knows he'll be in for a challenge against Cato.
"He's a great quarterback," Nunley said. "He throws the ball around and knows his offense."
Treadwell said Nunley will have to remain an exceptional practice performer this week, as his teammates will need to look at his example to get ready for such a potent offense.
"That's a great challenge," Treadwell said of stopping Marshall's offense. "That's something we're still studying now. Hopefully we have the answer, quite frankly, by game day. But let me just tell you, we have a tremendous amount of respect for how explosive their offense is and they demonstrate that with every team they played."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.