49er Opponent Preview: Marshall

Patrick O'Brien, Publisher
Niner Report
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TEAM: Marshall

2016 Results: 3-9, 2-6 CUSA

Team Information:

Head Coach: Doc Holliday (First Season)

2016 Statistics:

Offense:

Scoring: 26.4 points per game

Total Offense: 350 yards per game

Rushing: 108 yards per game

Passing: 242 yards per game

Turnover Margin: +4

Defense:

Points per Game: 35.3 points per game

Total Opponents Offense: 455 yards per game

Rushing: 202 yards per game

Passing: 254 yards per game

Gave up 27 sacks on the year

Returning Leaders:

Passing: Chase Litton 231-371, 62.3%, 2,612 yards, 24 touchdowns, 9 interceptions

Rushing: Keion Davis: 113 attempts, 469 yards

Tackles: Kendall Gant: 79

Sacks: Ryan Bee 4.5

Interceptions: Rodney Allen 2

2017 Roster:

Marshall went 10-4 in 2013, 13-1 in 2014, and 10-3 in 2015. However, the Thundering Herd struggled in 2016, going 3-9. Last year, it was the 49ers that was able to squeak out a win but Charlotte did allow over 600 yards of offense. Much of those pieces come back this season, including junior quarterback Chase Litton, who should be a big-time quarterback in C-USA. They also return most of their leading rushers from last season, even though they were not very productive.

The receiving core took a major hit, losing their top five receivers from last season, as Ryan Yurachek returns to be the head guy from 2016. The offensive line suffered some tough times last year and have five players that return that have recorded five or more starts in a season, so things could look up in that area.

Defensively, Marshall returns seven starters from last year that struggled. The Thundering Herd now look to replace three key players from last year on the defensive line. The linebacker position though could be a strong point due to some key transfers and returning players, providing some key depth in that area for a defense that allowed 35.3 points per game last year. Defensive back is much the same, as key players return and adding some nice transfers; it should help this defense get close to where they were just a few years ago.

Vs Charlotte in 2017

Will play Charlotte on Oct 7

- Marshall will head to Charlotte for this matchup. Last year, Charlotte trailed 21-10 in the second quarter before rallying back and having the game deciding touchdown drive in the fourth. Marshall missed a 40-yard attempt with just over a minute left to go in the game.

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