Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8-1) vs Marshall Thundering Herd (6-3)
Thursday marks the 49th anniversary of the Nov. 14, 1970, plane crash that claimed the lives of 75 people, including the Marshall football team, coaches and staff, community members and flight crew.
As is tradition, a memorial service will be held Thursday at Marshall’s Memorial Fountain on the Student Center plaza, at which time the water in the fountain is shut off. The water remains off until spring.
“We have the fountain ceremony on Thursday and we have a lot of great speakers that come here. We put the 75 on our helmets and put black jerseys on for the one time a year,” Holliday said Tuesday as a guest on MetroNews Talkline. — by Greg Carey, Huntington, W.Va.
Coach: Skip Holtz
Louisiana Tech Players to watch
*Junior CB Amik Robertson (5-9/180)
Robertson was named FWAA Freshman All-American in 2017; and First Team All-Conference USA in 2018. He’s having another outstanding season, so far, in 2019. Robertson has 5 picks, two touchdowns, and 14 passes defended. In his three years in Ruston, Roberston has 14 interceptions and 32 passes defended – plus he has 169 total tackles. With a resume like that, look for the junior from Lake Wales, Fla., to declare for the NFL Draft.
Senior WR Malik Stanley (6-3/212)
Last week, Spent the 2017-18 seasons as a member of the South Alabama Football program. In 2019, Stanley has 25 receptions for 450 yards. For his outstanding performance on Oct 19 against So. Miss (8 receptions for 212 yards and one touchdown), Stanley was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week – along with LSU’s Joe Burrow.
While WR Adrian Hardy has long been the star of La. Tech’s receiving corps, Stanley is averaging 18 yards per catch – stretching the field and helping to open up the running game.
*Junior RB Justin Henderson (5-11/228)
Henderson has seen action in all nine games this year. He’s averaging 6.5 yards per carry – but more impressively, Henderson has found the endzone 14 times. Twice he’s had three touchdown games (FIU and UMass). Thanks to Henderson, the Bulldogs are averaging of 38.1 points per game. Not only is Henderson a big, powerful back, but he’s shown good burst into the hole, plus he’s really good at keeping his feet turning, allowing him to break tackles or fall forward.
*Junior DE Willie Baker (6-3/251)
Willie Baker ended 2018 with a standout performance in the Hawaii Bowl last December. In new defensive coordinator Bob Diaco’s new 3-4 base scheme, Baker has shifted from the textbook defensive end position to an outside Jack linebacker/defensive end hybrid position where he has lined up all over the formation – in his natural three-down technique on the line but also playing off the line, increasing responsibilities in pass coverage. The Bulldogs are, currently, ranked fourth in the CUSA in rushing yards allowed per game at 136. Baker leads the team with 10 tackles-for-loss, while DT Ka’Derrion Mason adds another 5.5 tfls.
Coach: Doc Holliday
Marshall Players to watch:
Senior OLB Omari Cobb (6-4/226)
“Omari Cobb brings athleticism and experience to us, so we can line up in some of our base looks in much the same way that we do our nickel,” HC Doc Holliday said earlier this year. Cobb has looked just as comfortable back-pedaling in coverage has he does running downhill. Currently, Cobb is second in the CUSA in tackles with 79 – one ahead of teammate Tavante Beckett (78). He also has 16.0 tackles for loss, two sacks and one interception, heading into Week 12.
**Sophomore RB Brenden Knox (6-0/223)
Against a one loss La. Tech team, Marshall shouldn’t could on starting QB Isaiah Green to carry the load, they’ll need their leading rusher and an experienced OL to lead the way. Knox comes into the game with 933 yards and a 5.7 yards per carry average. Knox has shown good balance and shiftiness through the hole. While he put up 220 yards vs FAU; he was held to a season low of 49 yards against Cincinnati.
Senior CB Chris Jackson (6-0/187)
In high school, Jackson was a two-time Florida State track champion. Since arriving in Huntington, Jackson has been named a two-time 2nd Team Conference USA player. He’s had 41 career passes defended and six career interceptions, but Jackson hasn’t had a pick since Oct. 20, 2018. HC Doc Holliday has been putting an emphasis on take-aways, so if Jackson could get his hands on a ball, that would be huge.
Senior OC Levi Brown (6-4/284)
Brown was named 2nd team All-Conference USA in 2017 and 1st team All-Conference USA last year. This season, Brown anchors one of the top offensive lines in the conference. Marshall is averaging 201 rushing yards per game, second best in the CUSA. To beat La. Tech, the OL will need to create holes for Knox in the redzone.
Joan C. Edwards Stadium – FieldTurf
Nov. 15 (Fri) | Huntington, West Virginia