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Holliday dismisses 3 freshmen to start fall camp

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The first day of fall practice at Marshall began Wednesday with new coach Doc Holliday dismissing three freshmen, one of whom was charged in a robbery.

Gone are defensive tackle Mike Fleurizard, running back Antwon Chisholm and wide receiver Fred Pickett. All three are from Florida.

“We have high expectations of our players and these three have not lived up to what we require of a Marshall University football player,” Holliday said. “They have lost the privilege of playing football at Marshall and have been dismissed from our football team.”

Holliday didn’t cite any specific incident for the dismissals.

But Cabell County Magistrate Court records show Fleurizard was charged with robbery stemming from an incident Saturday. Fleurizard was held on $50,000 bond Wednesday at the Western Regional Jail. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 13.

A court official said two other individuals were involved but the complaint didn’t list their names because they haven’t been charged.

Marshall Director of Public Safety Jim Terry said a pizza delivery driver was robbed outside of a student residence hall and that the victim identified Fleurizard through a photo lineup. Terry declined further comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

Earlier this year Holliday dismissed defensive backs DeQuan Bembry and T.J. Drakeford from the team.

“This football team’s going to do what we ask them to do,” Holliday said.

“If they don’t, they won’t be here. That being said, I’m excited with the guys that are here. We’ve got a great bunch of guys and we’re just looking forward to the season.”