The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest Sports

September 27, 2011

Cards have ‘Strong’ look

Marshall to visit Louisville Saturday

Louisville coach Charlie Strong makes it clear that his team bears no resemblance to Virginia Tech. And that has nothing to do with the Hokies’ maroon and burnt orange uniforms.

So Strong isn’t putting much stock into Marshall’s 6-yard rushing performance against Virginia Tech last week.

“We’re not Virginia Tech,” Strong said, laughing. “It’s hard to evaluate them against Virginia Tech, because Virginia Tech always has a good defense. That’s what their staple is.”

Out loud, Strong may be giving the Thundering Herd a pass based on their opponent. But to himself, he just might be snickering.

When Marshall (1-3) visits Louisville at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, it will be facing a team coming off what has to be an encouraging defensive effort.

The Cardinals (2-1) held rival Kentucky to 35 yards rushing in a 24-17 win Sept. 17. Strong, naturally, credits that to his team’s improved line play.

“You have to win the game up front, and you have to be able to block people,” Strong said. “(And) we have to be able to run the football. If we can run the football, we have a chance, and that’s what we did against Kentucky.”

Louisville ran for 181 yards against the Wildcats, led by Domonique Brown’s 91 yards on 14 carries.

The Cardinals’ running game has been a focal point since the game against UK. Three players got significant carries, including co-starters Victor Anderson (eight carries, 41 yards) and Jeremy Wright (7-51).

Strong said Monday that all three will play against Marshall. That includes Brown, who is listed as the team’s No. 3 quarterback behind Will Stein and Teddy Bridgewater.

“There is so much that he can do,” Strong said. “We want to make sure that we take advantage of all of his talent.”

Stein is the starting quarterback, but he left the Kentucky game with a shoulder injury. On the year, Stein is 49 of 79 for 615 yards and five touchdowns. He has been intercepted just once.

Bridgewater was 10 of 18 for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Stein’s stead.

Stein should be back against Marshall, according to Strong.

“Right now, we are preparing him to be able to go Saturday,” Strong said.

The matchup will reunite two former Florida assistants in Strong and Marshall’s Doc Holliday.

“Doc and I have known each other for a long time, even when he was at West Virginia and I was at Florida, and probably South Carolina, too,” Strong said. “During that time, we were both recruiting south Florida and we developed a relationship.

“Then he came to Florida with Urban (Meyer). He is an outstanding football coach and a great recruiter. The thing I like about Doc is he knows exactly what he wants. You look at their team as he continues to build that team, he is going to build an outstanding football program at Marshall.”

— E-mail: gfauber@

Text Only
Latest Sports
  • Steelers' Bell looking for more decisive, productive season

    Le'Veon Bell kept watching the tape over and over, equal parts pleased and puzzled by what he saw.

    July 30, 2014

  • Charges dropped against WVU RB Smallwood

    Prosecutors said all charges against 20-year-old Wendell Smallwood, who had been charged with witness tampering in the case, have been dropped.

    July 30, 2014

  • cato Word is out on Marshall's Cato

    Rakeem Cato is easily the face of Marshall football. He also has been mentioned as a darkhorse candidate for the Heisman Trophy. That status is legitimate.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • bush Bush making Saints look good

    For his first four seasons, Rafael Bush was simply looking to land on a roster — any roster.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Practice, not temps, heats up for Saints
    The temperatures may have only been in the low 70s Tuesday afternoon at the Saints new practice facility at The Greenbrier, but now a third of the way into the 15 practices, it’s clear that the heat has turned up with playing time and positions on the line.

    July 30, 2014

  • Bowles has a support system
    Colin Bowles, the 14-year-old little brother of Corey, is coming into his own as a successful athlete. The younger Bowles competed last week at the U.S. Junior Amateur in The Woodlands, Texas, making the cut before bowing out in match play. Right there beside Colin, as he has been his entire life, was older brother Corey,

    July 30, 2014

  • Terre Haute hands Miners 2-1 loss in 11 innings

    Ryan Sabo singled home Clayton Smithson in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Rex to the win and put the West Virginia Miners’ postseason hopes in serious jeopardy

    July 30, 2014

  • WVU’s Smallwood waives preliminary hearing

    West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood, arrested on a felony charge of witness intimidation in a first-degree murder case, waived his preliminary hearing Monday, his case now being moved to Superior Court, where more serious crimes are argued, according to The News Journal.

    July 29, 2014

  • Steelers LB Spence caps lengthy comeback

    The whistle blew and Sean Spence sprinted forward, each cathartic step distancing the linebacker from the horrific knee injury that threatened to end his NFL career before it even really began.

    July 29, 2014

  • After years of drama, Redskins enjoy a calm camp

    The Washington Redskins are the team that gave us Michael Westbrook punching Stephen Davis, Dan Snyder landing his helicopter during practices, Albert Haynesworth turning the conditioning test into a sideshow and Mike Shanahan using the podium to remind everyone that he was Robert Griffin III's boss.

    July 29, 2014

Saints Training Camp