Herd 0-1 in MAC for first time since '97
Originally Published: October 7, 2003By Adam Rittenberg | Special to ESPN.com
Marshall spent the bye week trying to find its true personality. The Herd played flawlessly against Kansas State but made countless mistakes the next week at Troy State. "It's been a real up and down season," CB Roberto Terrell told the Huntington Herald-Dispatch. "We have a big game and then we come back and lay off and get down. We have to keep it at a high level. I call it a lack of focus." At 0-1 in the MAC for the first time since 1997, Marshall can't afford any more letdowns. "We won't know until we play Kent," Herd coach Bob Pruett said. "Hopefully we'll be able to play with consistency. Now is the fun part of the year where we play league games every week. Every game means something now."
Herd RB Butchie Wallace told reporters after Monday's practice that he had a broken bone in his right hand and is questionable for Saturday's game with Kent State. Wallace sustained the injury in the third quarter against Troy State. Against Kansas State Wallace had 112 yards rushing and has 341 yards on the season. "I really wanted to come out and prove to the NFL scouts and to everyone that I'm a durable running back," Wallace said Monday. "But I can't hold onto the ball with a broken hand. The trainers did a good job of calming me down. I've had ankle sprains, hamstring pulls ... but I never thought that I would hurt my hand."
Marshall activated freshman WR Hiram Moore, a player Pruett thought would be redshirted this year. Moore, who grew up a fly pattern away from the university in Huntington, was a two-time all-state selection in high school. "He's got great body control along with great speed," Pruett said. "We just held him and held him but he kept making some good plays in practice. We felt we should give him the opportunity to play. We need to best players to play."
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