"I was really nervous at first, before the game," he said. "But I got settled in after a couple of drives and it just felt good to be out there."
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THE DEFENSE'S dominating performance could be attributed, at least in part, to a deeper roster, Holliday said. After watching the film, he said no defender played more than 36 of Miami's 57 offensive plays.
"That tells me we're rolling a lot of guys in there that are playing a lot of reps," Holliday said. "Where that helps you, now when we're kicking off and punting and doing all those special teams, we can get our better players on special teams because we're not having to play 70 or 80 snaps on defense."
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MARSHALL PICKED up a late transfer who will be eligible beginning next season - former Virginia Tech defensive back Donaldven Manning. Manning will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out one. Virginia Tech announced his departure from the team in August.
Manning, who attended Miami (Fla.) Central High, was a Class 6A all-state second team corner and rated both the country's 11th best corner and Florida's 27th-best overall player by Rivals.com. He played in eight games for the Hokies last season, recording four tackles and an interception, and was listed as a starter on Virginia Tech's June depth chart.
The Herd also have a new kicker on the roster, 6-foot-3, 178-pound Kaare Vedvik of McPherson, Kan.
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THE HERD isn't sure whether it will have its full complement of running backs for Saturday's game. Holliday said Kevin Grooms - the 2012 Conference USA freshman of the year who carried the ball just four times for 51 yards against Miami - will play if he's ready and healed from his sprained ankle.
"We'll see," Holliday said.
Remi Watson, who sat out the Miami game with an injury, should play, Holliday added. Linebacker Stefan Houston (ankle) will practice this week and should play, but he wasn't sure about offensive lineman Cameron Dees (concussion) or corner Keith Baxter (undisclosed).
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