Green-White Game highlights Marshall events
Published: Friday, April 23, 2010
Updated: Friday, April 23, 2010 00:04
As Marshall football enters its last official spring practice on Saturday, Thundering Herd faithful have a lot to look forward to over the weekend.
Probably the biggest event of the weekend is the culmination of spring practice with the annual Green -White game.
And when the players step on field at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, head coach Doc Holliday said it will be about getting better.
"At the beginning of the spring, we said we have to squeeze everything we could out of those 15 practices in order to meet the challenges ahead of us," Holliday said. "We're going to lineup and play on Saturday. I told them every day we have to come out and be better going off the field than coming on and the same thing applies for Saturday."
In years past, The Green-White game was a scrimmage between the first team and the walk-ons.
But this year's game will be different as Holliday said the fans can look forward to a game featuring fair competition.
"We're going to good on good," he said. "It's important it being our first year we get as much as we can out of the scrimmage. In order to do that, we're going to put the ones against the ones and play it like a real game so we can get good people versus good people."
And with that attitude, it has fans of Marshall football excited for Holliday's first season at the reins of the Thundering Herd.
With a big turnout expected for Holliday's first Green- White game, Holliday said it's important for people to not only respond, but get used to playing in front of crowds.
"I want to see them all respond," he said. "You don't know how a lot of guys will react with people in the stands, so hopefully we'll see 15-20,000 or 25,000 people in the stands like we should and see how these guys react with people looking at them and watching them play."
While some players aren't used to playing in front of fans, many are still excited to get on the field and compete in front of the Herd faithful.
Senior tight end Lee Smith said that fans who come to the game on Saturday will see something special.
"They're going to see a lot of what they used to see in the 90s: a lot of passing the ball but still running down people's throats," Smith said. "It's going to be awesome and the fans have something be excited about. They come out here to the spring game and we'll give them a taste of what's to come."
And with the Green-White Game game counting as the team's last spring practice, Holliday said that the spring has been proud of the work his team has put in.
"I think they've made some great strides," Holliday said. "We've made stride but were not near where we need to be. We need to finish thing up right these last two days. We've got to have a great summer and get ready for August."
The Green and White game begins at 4 p.m. Saturday at Joan C. Edwards. Following the game will be a concert by country music group Gloriana.
Very Big Green Dinner
While the Green and White Game is the supposedly the main attraction this weekend, Marshall University will honor it's own.
Tonight will be The Big Green Scholarship Foundation Dinner which will feature the a special "Sons of Marshall" Hall of Fame Induction of former Marshall stars Chad Pennington, Randy Moss, Byron Leftwich and John Wade.
Holliday said that it's going to be a special moment not only for fans but for him as well.
"To be able to sit in the same room as Chad, Randy, Byron and John is just going to be special," Holliday said. "They're the face of Marshall football and put the expectations so high and want to thank them for that because that's what made this such a special place."
The dinner is sold out and over 1,200 people are expected to attend.
Holliday said the response to the dinner just shows how passionate Marshall fans are for their football team.
"How about that?" Holliday said. "I haven't been to a whole lot of places where you go to a banquet the night before the Spring Game that has 1,200 people and its sold out with people begging for tickets. That just tells you how special this place is and the passion they have for their football."
Kyle Hobstetter can be contacted at Hobstetter@marshall.edu