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Marshall Thundering Herd football
2014 Marshall Thundering Herd football team
Marshall University block 'M' logo.png
First season 1895
Athletic director Mike Hamrick
Head coach Doc Holliday
5th year, 40–25 (.615)
Home stadium Joan C. Edwards Stadium
Field James F. Edwards Field
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Huntington, West Virginia, U.S.
Conference C-USA
Division East
All-time record 565–525–47 (.518)
Postseason bowl record 9–3 (.750)
Claimed national titles 2 (NCAA Division I-AA/FCS)[1]
Conference titles 13
Division titles 8
Consensus All-Americans 44
Colors

Kelly Green and White

          
Fight song Sons of Marshall
Mascot Marco the Buffalo
Marching band Marching Thunder
Outfitter Nike
Rivals East Carolina Pirates
Ohio Bobcats
UCF Knights
West Virginia Mountaineers
Website HerdZone.com

The Marshall Thundering Herd football team is an intercollegiate varsity sports program of Marshall University. The team represents the university as a member of the Conference USA Eastern division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, playing at the Division I Bowl Subdivision level.

Marshall plays at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, which seats 38,227[2] and is expandable to 55,000. Marshall has an impressive 118-19 overall record at Joan C. Edwards Stadium for a winning percentage of .866. The University of Alabama ranks second with an .825 winning percentage at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The stadium opened in 1991 as Marshall University Stadium with a crowd of 33,116 for a 24-23 win over New Hampshire. On September 10, 2010, the Thundering Herd played the in-state rival West Virginia Mountaineers in Huntington in front of a record crowd of 41,382. Joan C. Edwards Stadium is one of two Division I stadium named solely for a woman with South Carolina's Williams-Brice Stadium being the other. The playing field itself is named James F. Edwards Field after Mrs. Edwards husband, businessman and philanthropist James F. Edwards.

History[edit]

Early History (1895–1934)[edit]

Boyd Chambers, the coach who called the "Tower Play".

Marshall first fielded a football team in 1895. The team didn't have a coach that year or from 1897–1901. The first coach in Marshall football history was George Ford from 1902–1903.

Boyd Chambers was Marshall's head football coach from 1909-1916. He is most well known for calling the "Tower Play" during the 1915 season, leading to a rule change in 1916.[3]

Arch Reilly led the Herd to an undefeated 8-0 record in his only season as Marshall's head coach in 1919.

Charles Tallman would lead the Thundering Herd from 1925-1928, compiling a 22-9-7 record before moving on to coach rival West Virginia. Tallman's Thundering Herd won conference championships in 1925 and 1928.

Tallman was succeeded by John Maulbetsch, who posted an 8-8-2 record in his two years (1929-1930).

Tom Dandelet led the Thundering Herd from 1931-1934, compiling a record of 18-16-2. Dandelet's 1931 team won a conference championship.

Cam Henderson era (1935–1942 and 1946–1949)[edit]

Coach Henderson

Cam Henderson led the Marshall Thundering Herd for a total of twelve seasons (Marshall didn't field a football team from 1943-1945 due to World War II) and posted 69 wins. Henderson coached the likes of Jackie Hunt, Frank Gatski and Bill Smith during his time at Marshall. Henderson's teams were tough and physical and liked to run the football. After a 6-4 1949 season, Henderson resigned as head football coach but continued to lead Marshall's basketball program. Henderson's 1937 conference championship would be the Herd's last until 1988.

Pederson, Royer and Snyder (1950–1967)[edit]

The Thundering Herd were led by head coaches Pete Pederson, Herb Royer and Charlie Snyder from 1950-1967. The Herd were mostly mediocre during this time period, winning no conference championships and home attendance was up and down.

Moss and Tolley (1968–1970)[edit]

Perry Moss led the Thundering Herd for one season, posting an 0-9-1 record before being replaced.

Rick Tolley was Marshall's head football coach for two seasons, coming to Marshall from his post as defensive line coach for Wake Forest and posting records of 3-7 and 3-6 before being killed on November 14, 1970 in the infamous plane crash in which all 75 passengers, including 37 members of the Marshall football team were killed traveling home from a game against East Carolina.[4] Marshall spent a full decade recovering from the crash, and was the nation's worst football program in the 1970s, and did not have another winning season until 1984.

Plane crash[edit]

The memorial at Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington, West Virginia to the victims of the Southern Airways Flight 932 crash.

The November 14, 1970, plane crash that killed all 75 passengers on board, including 37 members of the Thundering Herd football team, is well documented. The event and its aftermath were dramatized in the 2006 Warner Brothers motion picture, We Are Marshall, starring Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox. It was also depicted in the 2000 documentary Ashes to Glory. There is a plaque at the College Football Hall of Fame in honor of those lost in the 1970 crash and on a facade on the stadium's west side is a bronze memorial dedicated to the plane-crash victims.

Jack Lengyel era (1971–1974)[edit]

In the wake of the crash, Marshall was given special permission by the NCAA to play incoming freshmen at the varsity level for the 1971 season. This team was dubbed the Young Thundering Herd and led by the few upperclassmen who didn't make the trip. Several players from other Marshall sports programs rounded out the team's roster. Wooster head coach Jack Lengyel was chosen to lead the crippled program. Lengyel, not surprisingly, struggled with a 9-33 record, but won the first home game played after the 1970 tragedy, a 15-13 victory over Xavier, winning on the last play of the game. Lengyel resigned after four seasons.

Frank Ellwood era (1975–1978)[edit]

Frank Ellwood took over as the Marshall head coach following Lengyel's resignation and also struggled. His teams failed to post a winning record, capping a decade in which the Thundering Herd posted a dismal 23-83 record.

Sonny Randle era (1979–1983)[edit]

Under the tutelage of head coach Sonny Randle, the Thundering Herd failed to post a record better than 4-7, but gained some momentum, getting better each year. 1-10, 2-8-1, 2-9, 3-8 and 4-7 were the year-by-year records of Randle's tenure in Huntington. Randle stepped down after five seasons.

Stan Parrish era (1984–1985)[edit]

Stan Parrish came to Marshall from his post as an assistant coach at Purdue. In 1984, Parrish's first year, the Thundering Herd posted their first winning record in two decades, a 6-5 record. The next year, Marshall posted a 7-3-1 record, which included a perfect record at home and at one point were ranked #3 in the country. Plans for a new on-campus stadium for Marshall were made after the 1985 season. Parrish left after two seasons to accept the head football coach position at Kansas State.

George Chaump era (1986–1989)[edit]

George Chaump left IUP to come to Marshall in late 1985. Under Chaump, the Thundering Herd posted yearly records of 6-4-1, 10-5, 11-2 and 6-5, which included two runs into the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs, losses in the championship game and quarterfinal, respectively. Chaump's final record at Marshall is 33-16-1. Chaump departed after four seasons to accept the head football coach position at Navy.

Jim Donnan era (1990–1995)[edit]

Led by head coach Jim Donnan, who came to Marshall from his post as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma,[5] Marshall won the Division I-AA national championship in 1992 over Youngstown State (31-28)[6] and was national runner-up in 1993 and 1995. Marshall set a I-AA record with four straight seasons making at least the semi-finals of the I-AA Playoffs from 1991-95. Donnan was named NCAA Division I-AA Coach of the Year twice during his tenure at Marshall and resigned after the 1995 season to accept the head football coach position at Georgia.[7] Donnan was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2009, largely for his successes at Marshall.

Bob Pruett era (1996–2004)[edit]

Randy Moss, star wide receiver at Marshall under coach Bob Pruett

Bob Pruett left his post as defensive coordinator at Florida under Steve Spurrier to become head football coach at Marshall,[8] where he served for nine seasons from 1996 to 2004. During his tenure at Marshall, the Thundering Herd compiled a record of 94-23 (.803 winning percentage), featured two undefeated seasons, won six conference championships, won 5 of 7 bowl games, and captured the I-AA National Championship in 1996. Marshall moved to Division I-A and the Mid-American Conference in all sports in 1997. The 1996 team, with Chad Pennington, Randy Moss, Wade, Hanson, Eric Kresser, Doug Chapman and many other players who played professional football, was 15-0, had no game closer than a two touchdown win and was ranked No. 1 all-season. Marshall won the MAC title five of its eight seasons (1997-98-99-2000-2002) and were runners up in 2001 in the conference before moving to Conference USA in 2005. Since moving to Division I-A, Marshall has finished in the Top 25 three times: 1999 (10th AP/10th coaches' poll), 2001 (21st coaches poll), 2002 (24th AP/19th coaches poll). Marshall fell to Ole Miss in the 1997 Motor City Bowl, 34-31,[9] but won the next three games in Michigan's Pontiac Silverdome, beating Louisville 48-29 in 1998,[10] beating No. 25 BYU 21-3 in 1999 to finish 13-0[10] and beating Cincinnati in 2000, 25-14.[10] Marshall and East Carolina matched-up in one of college football's greatest bowl games in 2001 at the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, a 64-61 double overtime win by the Herd over the Pirates of Conference USA. It is one of the highest scoring bowl games of all-time, and the Herd rallied from an 38-8 halftime hole behind Byron Leftwich's five touchdown passes.[10] Marshall would fall to the Bearcats in the 2004 Plains Capital Fort Worth Bowl at TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium, 32-14,[10] in Bob Pruett's final game as head coach before his retirement.[11]

Mark Snyder era (2005–2009)[edit]

Marshall University vs. Cincinnati Bearcats 2008 (before game)

Mark Snyder came to his alma mater to become head football coach from his defensive coordinator position at Ohio State.[12] Snyder coached the likes of Ahmad Bradshaw, Marcus Fitzgerald and Cody Slate during his time as head coach at Marshall. Snyder's best season was a 6-6 2009 season, which turned out to be his last. He resigned after five seasons, that included only one bowl berth, the 2009 Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl.[13]

Doc Holliday era (2010–present)[edit]

On December 17, 2009, Marshall officially named Doc Holliday, an assistant coach at WVU under Bill Stewart, as the next head coach for the Thundering Herd football team.[14] Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said Holliday had signed a five-year contract and would be paid $600,000 per season.[15] Holliday, a WVU alum, led the Thundering Herd to a 7-6 record in 2011, capped with a victory in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl.[16] Holliday then led Marshall to a 10-4 season in 2013, capped with a victory in the Military Bowl.

Championships[edit]

National Championships[edit]

Year Coach Selector Record Opponents Result
1992 Jim Donnan NCAA Division I-AA National Champions 12–3 Youngstown State Marshall 31, Youngstown State 28
1996 Bob Pruett NCAA Division I-AA National Champions 15–0 Montana Marshall 49, Montana 29
Total national championships: 2

Conference Championships[edit]

Year Coach Conference Conference Record Overall Record
1925 Charles Tallman West Virginia 3–0–2 4–1–4
1928 Charles Tallman West Virginia 5–0 8–1–1
1931 Tom Dandelet West Virginia 4–1 6–3
1937 Cam Henderson Buckeye 4–0–1 9–0–1
1988† George Chaump Southern 6–1 11–2
1994 Jim Donnan Southern 7–1 12–2
1996 Bob Pruett Southern 8–0 15–0
1997 Bob Pruett Mid-American 8–1 10–3
1998 Bob Pruett Mid-American 8–1 12–1
1999 Bob Pruett Mid-American 9–0 13–0
2000 Bob Pruett Mid-American 6–3 8–5
2002 Bob Pruett Mid-American 8–1 11–2
2014 Doc Holliday C-USA 7–1 13–1
Conference Championships: 13

† Denotes co-champions

Home venues[edit]

Conference affiliations[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Years Coach Wins Losses Ties Pct.
19031904 George Ford 4 4 4 .500
1905 Alfred McCray 6 2 0 .750
1906 Pearl Rardin 4 1 0 .800
1908 W.G. Vinal 0 6 0 .000
19091916 Boyd Chambers 32 27 4 .539
1917 Carl Shipley 1 7 1 .167
1919 Archer Reilly 8 0 0 1.000
1920 Herbert Cramer 0 8 0 .000
19211922 Kemper Shelton 11 6 1 .639
1923 Harrison Briggs 1 7 0 .125
1924 Russell Meredith 4 4 0 .500
19251928 Charles Tallman 22 9 7 .671
19291930 John Maulbetsch 8 8 2 .500
19311934 Tom Dandelet 18 16 2 .528
19351949 Cam Henderson 68 46 5 .592
19501952 Pete Penderson 9 19 3 .339
19531958 Herb Royer 21 31 2 .407
19591967 Charlie Snyder 28 58 3 .331
1968 Perry Moss 0 9 1 .050
19691970 Rick Tolley 6 13 0 .316
19711974 Jack Lengyel 9 33 0 .272
19751978 Frank Ellwood 10 34 0 .227
19791983 Sonny Randle 12 42 1 .227
19841985 Stan Parrish 13 8 1 .614
19861989 George Chaump 33 16 1 .670
19901995 Jim Donnan 64 21 0 .753
19962004 Bob Pruett 94 23 0 .803
20052009 Mark Snyder 22 37 0 .379
2009 Rick Minter 1 0 0 1.000
2010–present Doc Holliday 40 25 0 .615

Herd football traditions[edit]

Marshall football is rich in traditions. Some Marshall football traditions include:

  • Marco the Buffalo - The school mascot, actually an American Bison, that always sports a Marshall jersey. He had a female companion in the 1970s, Marsha, and a green-furred "son" named Buffy, who appeared in 1979-80. MARshall COllege is where the name came from, kept when the College became a University in 1961.
  • Marching Thunder - The Marshall University Marching Band known as the "Marching Thunder"
  • "Sons of Marshall" - Marshall's fight song.
  • "We Are…Marshall" Chant - Marshall's cheer, and title of movie in 2006 about plane crash and rebirth of program.
  • Thunder Clap - Marshall fans clap their hands over their heads in unison following some Marshall scores. One clap per point scored in the game for the Herd.
  • Marshall Cheerleaders - One cheerleading tradition occurs after every Marshall touchdown. A male cheerleader presses a female cheerleader over his head once for each point scored in the game by Marshall (as the fans do the Thunder Clap).
  • Marshall Maniacs - The student cheering section at most Marshall football games.
  • Thunder Walk - Marshall players and coaches make their way to the locker room through a small gathering of Thundering Herd fans prior to every home game.

Important games[edit]

Conference Championship games[edit]

MAC Championship games[edit]

Marshall has appeared in 6 MAC Championship Games, compiling a record of 5–1 in those games.

Date Location W/L Opponent PF PA
December 5, 1997 Marshall University Stadium W Toledo 34 14
December 4, 1998 Marshall University Stadium W Toledo 23 17
December 3, 1999 Marshall University Stadium W Western Michigan 34 30
December 2, 2000 Marshall University Stadium W Western Michigan 19 14
November 30, 2001 Glass Bowl L Toledo 36 41
December 7, 2002 Marshall University Stadium W Toledo 49 45
Total 6 Championship games 5–1 195 161

C-USA Championship games[edit]

Marshall has appeared in 2 Conference USA Championship Games, compiling a record of 1–1 in those games.

Date Location W/L Opponent PF PA
December 7, 2013 Rice Stadium L Rice 24 41
December 6, 2014 Joan C. Edwards Stadium W LA Tech 26 23
Total 2 Championship games 1–1 50 64

Bowl games[edit]

Marshall has been invited to play in 12 bowl games in its history, compiling a record of 9–3 in those games.

Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
January 1, 1948 Tangerine Bowl L Catawba 0 7
December 26, 1997 Motor City Bowl L Ole Miss 31 34
December 23, 1998 Motor City Bowl W Louisville 48 29
December 27, 1999 Motor City Bowl W BYU 21 3
December 27, 2000 Motor City Bowl W Cincinnati 25 14
December 19, 2001 GMAC Bowl W East Carolina 64 61
December 18, 2002 GMAC Bowl W Louisville 38 15
December 23, 2004 Fort Worth Bowl L Cincinnati 14 32
December 26, 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl W Ohio 21 17
December 20, 2011 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl W Florida International 20 10
December 27, 2013 Military Bowl W Maryland 31 20
December 23, 2014 Boca Raton Bowl W Northern Illinois 52 23
Total 12 bowl games 9–3 365 265

All-time record vs. CUSA teams[edit]

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current CUSA opponents as of the start of the 2014 season:

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Last
Charlotte (joining in 2015) 0 0 0 - - -
Florida Atlantic 2 0 0 1.000 Won 2 2013 2014
FIU 3 0 0 1.000 Won 3 2011 2014
Louisiana Tech 1 1 0 .500 Won 1 1942 2014
Middle Tennessee 3 1 0 .750 Won 1 1992 2014
North Texas 1 0 0 1.000 Won 1 1988 1988
Old Dominion 1 0 0 1.000 Won 1 2014 2014
Rice 4 2 0 .667 Won 1 2007 2014
Southern Miss 5 5 0 .500 Won 4 2005 2014
UAB 8 2 0 .800 Won 2 2005 2014
UTEP 2 2 0 .500 Won 1 2005 2010
UTSA 1 0 0 1.000 Won 1 2013 2013
Western Kentucky 4 2 0 .667 Lost 1 1941 2014
Totals 35 15 0 .700

Rivalry games[edit]

Ohio[edit]

Further information: Battle for the Bell

Marshall competes against Ohio in the Battle for the Bell, with a traveling bell trophy as the prize for the victor. With Marshall's move to Conference USA in 2005 this rivalry game has been on hiatus. The regularly scheduled series resumed between the two schools in 2010. The rivalry was renewed in 2009 when the Herd and Bobcats faced off in the 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, which the Herd won 21-17. Ohio leads the all-time series over Marshall, however the Thundering Herd have dominated recent history winning 11 of the last 13 meetings.

West Virginia[edit]

Further information: Friends of Coal Bowl

Marshall plays West Virginia in the annual Friends of Coal Bowl . Marshall and WVU first played in 1911, but it wasn't until 2006 before the two schools from the "Mountain State" faced off annually for the Governor's Cup. Marshall has never won against the Mountaineers in 12 meetings all-time. The two last played in 2012, and there are no immediate plans to renew the rivalry. Some believe the rivalry began due to political pressure from the state government.

East Carolina[edit]

Marshall and East Carolina have a "friendly" rivalry with one another. They are emotionally bonded by the tragic plane crash on November 14, 1970. The Thundering Herd were coming back from Greenville, North Carolina after a 17–14 loss to the Pirates when their plane crashed near Ceredo, West Virginia. The teams have been bonded ever since.

One of Marshall and ECU's most memorable games was the 2001 GMAC Bowl as they combined for a bowl record, 125 points, as Marshall overcame a 30-point deficit to beat East Carolina 64–61 in double overtime. After Marshall defeated East Carolina in 2013, it marked ECU's last conference match-up as a member of Conference USA. It is undetermined when the two schools will play again as East Carolina moves from Conference USA to American Athletic Conference in 2014.

East Carolina leads the all-time record over Marshall 10–5. ECU is 6–3 against the Herd from 2005 to 2013 when both schools were in Conference USA.

Top 25 Finishes[edit]

1-AA Polls[edit]

Year NCAA Rank Sports Network Rank
1987 #14
1988 #7
1991 #8
1992 #10
1993 #9
1994 #2
1995 #6
1996 #1

Sources:[17]

1-A/FBS Polls[edit]

Year AP Rank Coaches Rank
1999 #10 #10
2001 #21
2002 #24 #19

Sources:[18]

Individual award winners[edit]

All-Americans[23][edit]

  • Mike Barber (1987, 1988)
  • Mike Bartrum (1992)
  • Rogers Beckett (1999)
  • Troy Brown (1991, 1992)
  • B. J. Cohen (1995, 1996)
  • Travis Colquitt (1994)
  • Melvin Cunningham (1995, 1996)
  • Josh Davis (2001)
  • Chris Deaton (1993)
  • Sean Doctor (1987, 1988)
  • John “Fuzzy” Filliez (1975)
  • Aaron Ferguson (1996)
  • Johnathan Goddard (2004)
  • Chris Hanson (1996)
  • Jackie Hunt (1940, 1941)
  • Eric Ihnat (1990)
  • Roger Johnson (1993, 1994)
  • William King (1993)
  • Eric Kresser (1996)
  • Byron Leftwich (2001, 2002)
  • Billy Lyon (1994, 1995, 1996)
  • Chris Martin (1993,1994,1995,1996)
  • Sam Manos (1987)
  • Albert McClellan (2005, 2006)
  • Larry McCloud (1996)
  • Nick McKnight (1988)
  • David Merrick (1993)
  • Shannon Morrison (1994)
  • Randy Moss (1996, 1997)
  • Tim Openlander (1994, 1996)
  • William Pannell (1994, 1995)
  • Chris Parker (1993, 1994, 1995)
  • Jimmy Parker (2000)
  • Michael Payton (1991, 1992)
  • Chad Pennington (1998, 1999)
  • Phil Ratliff (1991, 1992)
  • Jim Roberts (1940)
  • Herb Royer (1937)
  • Steve Sciullo (2002)
  • Cody Slate (2006)
  • Billy Smith (2002)
  • Mark Snyder (1987)
  • Jermaine Swaff ord (1997)
  • Wayne Underwood (1937)
  • Darius Watts (2001, 2002)
  • Marvin Wetzel (1947)
  • Jamie Wilson (1996)

Hall of Fame[edit]

College football[24][edit]

  • Marshall has four players and one coach in the College Football Hall of Fame, starting with Mike Barber (1985–88) who was a record-setting receiver for Marshall who helped lead the Herd to its first I-AA title game in 1987 and its first Southern Conference title in 1988. He still holds the receiving yardage record at MU with over 4,200 yards and was a two-time All-American before he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round in 1989. Barber also played for the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Harry "Cy" Young, who starred in football and baseball at Marshall College (University status in 1961) from 1910-1912. Young then left Marshall, and was a two-sport All-American at Washington & Lee. He is a member of the W&L HOF, MU HOF, WV Sportswriters HOF and Virginia Sports HOF besides the College FB HOF.
  • Jackie Hunt (1939–41) set a national scoring record in 1940 with 27 touchdowns in a ten-game season. He rushed for nearly 4,000 yards for Thundering Herd, a hometown star for the Huntington High Pony Express before joining Marshall. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears and was a two-time All-American, playing in the Blue-Gray Game following his career.
  • Troy Brown (1991–92) considered the single-most dangerous scoring threat in all of Division I-AA during his two seasons in Huntington, few can match the heralded career of Marshall's record-breaking wide receiver. A dual threat on the playing field, Brown's elusive nature as a receiver and kick returner led the Thundering Herd to back-to-back trips to the Division I- AA (now FCS) National Championship game, garnering the NCAA title in 1992. He caught 139 receptions for 2,746 yards and 24 touchdowns in his career en route to earning First Team All-America honors his senior year. Brown went on to play 14 years in the NFL with the New England Patriots, where he became the franchise's all-time leading receiver and won three Super Bowls with the team.[25]
  • Jim Donnan (1990–1995) the only coach representing Marshall in the College Football Hall of Fame. Donnan spent six seasons with Marshall and posted a 64-21 record. He led the Thundering Herd to four Division I-AA National Championship games, winning the 1992 national title. In 1994, the Thundering Herd won the Southern Conference Championship. His 15-4 playoff record ranks second best in NCAA FCS history. He was named Division I- AA Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1995.[26]

Pro football[27][edit]

  • Frank Gatski, C, 1985. Gatski is the only Marshall player to have his jersey number retired and is Marshall's only player in the Professional Football Hall of Fame. The university retired Gatski's No. 72 during a halftime ceremony at Joan C. Edwards Stadium on October 15, 2005. Gatski died a month later, at age 86, and during his career with the Cleveland Browns (1946–56) and the Detroit Lions (1957) he won eight championships in 11 title game appearances. Cleveland won the All-American Football Conference four straight years, going 14-0 in 1948, before joining the NFL. The Browns won NFL titles in 1950, 1954 and 1955 and were runners-up in 1951, 1952 and 1953. Gatski's Lions beat the Browns for his final title in 1957. The 31st Street Bridge, connecting Huntington to Proctorville, Ohio, is also named in Gatski's honor, joining U.S. Senator Robert Byrd (formerly the Sixth St. Bridge) and Congressman Nick Rahall (the former 17th St. Bridge) among three structures stretching across the Ohio River from West Virginia to Ohio.

Marshall University Hall of Fame[edit]

Established in 1984, members from the football team are listed below.

  • 1970 Crash Victims 1990 Honored
  • Bob Adkins, '39 1984
  • Mike Barber, '88 1994
  • Mike Bartrum, '92 2007
  • Troy Brown, '92 2002
  • Boyd Chambers, '01 2003
  • Sam Clagg, '42 1985
  • Danny Clark, '49 1990
  • B. J. Cohen, '97 2005
  • Larry Coyer, '64 1987
  • Red Crist, '26 1985
  • Jim Cure, '64 1984
  • Andy D'Antoni, '41 1987
  • Sean Doctor, '88 2000
  • Everette Elkins, '39 1991
  • Aaron Ferguson, '96 2007
  • Chuck Fieldson, '49 1988
  • John "Fuzzy" Filliez, '76 1985
  • Millard Fleming, '61 1997
  • Carl Fodor, '85 1991
  • Frank Gatski, '42 1985
  • Don Gibson, '49 1985
  • Reggie Giles, '88 2002
  • Tommy Good, '65 1984
  • John Gregory, '90 1995
  • Bob Hartley, '49 1998
  • Len Hellyer, '56 1988
  • Cam Henderson, '33-55 1984
  • Chuck Henry, '74 2006
  • Frank Huffman, '38 2007
  • Jackie Hunt, '41 1984
  • Ramey Hunter, '32 1985
  • Mickey Jackson, '66 1985
  • Buck Jamison, '37 1985
  • Roger Jefferson, '63 2003
  • Roger Johnson, '94 2004
  • Mike Kaufman, '75 2007
  • Hunter Kincaid, '35 1988
  • William King, '93 2012
  • Wilson Latham, '60 1990
  • Carl Lee, '82 1995
  • Byron Leftwich, '02 2007
  • Billy Lyon, '96 2007
  • Jack Mahone, '64 1994
  • Albie Maier, '54 1985
  • Ralph May, '62 1999
  • Ray McCoy, '32 1986
  • Claude Miller, '49 1997
  • Howie Miller, '65 1987
  • Jack Morlock, '39 1985
  • Reggie Oliver, '73 1984
  • Chris Parker, '95 2000
  • Michael Payton, '92 1999
  • Jim Pearcy, '41 1984
  • Chad Pennington, '99 1999
  • Tony Petersen, '88 1994
  • Bob Pruett, '65 1999
  • George Queen, '25 1990
  • Jim Roberts, '40 2002
  • Herb Royer, '37 1985
  • Ted Shoebridge, '70 1990
  • Charlie Slack, '56 1985
  • Bill Smith, '37 1985
  • Charlie Snyder, '47 1986
  • Tom Stark, '27 1984
  • John Stephens, '37 1989
  • Jim Swierezek, '54 1987
  • Ed Ulinski, '41 1986
  • Wayne Underwood, '37 1987
  • Earl Wellman, '35 1993
  • Marv Wetzel, '49 1986
  • Rucker Wickline, '61 1989
  • Norm Willey, '49 2003
  • William "Bill" Richard Winter, '64 1990
  • Brad Workman, '19 2004
  • Harry "Cy" Young, '12 2002
  • John Zontini, '33 1984

Current NFL players[edit]

Herd in the NFL
NFL Draft selections
Total selected: 37[28]
First picks in draft: 0
1st Round: 3

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Future non-conference opponents[edit]

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
vs Purdue vs Akron vs Miami (OH) at Miami (OH) vs Ohio at East Carolina at Navy vs Navy
at Ohio vs Louisville at NC State vs NC State at Ohio vs East Carolina
at Kent State at Pittsburgh vs Kent State vs Pittsburgh
vs Norfolk State

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  13. ^ http://thequad.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/25/little-caesars-bowl-marshall-6-6-vs-ohio-9-4/?_r=0
  14. ^ http://www.pittsburghsportsreport.com/PSR-News/show_news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1261089017&archive=&template=PressRoom
  15. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4750703
  16. ^ http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/12/21/marshall-pulls-away-from-fiu-late-to-win-beef-obradys-bowl/
  17. ^ Marshall In the Polls
  18. ^ Marshall In the Polls
  19. ^ Walter Payton Award
  20. ^ http://www.biletnikoffaward.com/
  21. ^ http://www.touchdownclubofcolumbus.com/Awards.htm#SAMMY
  22. ^ http://www.footballfoundation.com/draddyformer.php
  23. ^ http://herdzone.cstv.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/mars/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/08-fb-guide-6 2008 Marshall Football Media Guide
  24. ^ http://www.collegefootball.org/
  25. ^ http://www.collegefootball.org/famersearch.php?id=90191
  26. ^ http://www.collegefootball.org/famersearch.php?id=90171
  27. ^ http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/colleges.html
  28. ^ "Marshall Players Drafted". Archived from the original on 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  29. ^ ESPN - NFL Football Players By College - M - National Football League
  30. ^ "Marshall Thundering Herd Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 

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