Marshall goes back to work

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 14, 2006

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — He came, he saw, he liked.

Those were the sentiments of Marshall Thundering Herd second-year head coach Mark Snyder after viewing his team’s first practice of the season.

“I like a lot of what I saw,” Snyder said. “We have some guys that can run and I think Emanuel Spann looks like a different person. He looked fast out there and that’s good to see.

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“I thought Ahmad (Bradshaw) looked good, Bernard (Morris) ran the ball well, Josh Johnson looked good out there and so did Brandon Souder, and I thought Curtis Keyes was very good today.”

Veterans and Snyder’s first recruiting class of 25 freshman greeted the Herd coaching staff. One of the new players was Johnson, a sophomore transfer from Georgia Military Academy, who is expected to make an impact at middle linebacker.

A former Georgia high school standout and Georgia Bulldog, Johnson was happy to be with the Herd.

“I just want to do whatever I can to help the team,” Johnson said. “It was great to be back out on the field today with Division I-A football players. I think we have a great group on defense and I am going to work hard to learn from those guys and be ready to help the team.”

Also among the freshmen were former Ironton running back Darius Lewis and walk-ons Brandon Walker, a linebacker, and Patrick Kouns, a defensive lineman.

Marshall will conduct three weeks of workouts before school begins on Aug. 21. Media day is Friday and fans will be permitted on the field at 6 p.m. for pictures and autographs with the players.

The Thundering Herd opens the season Sept. 2 at rival West Virginia.