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6C The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, September 6, 1990 WV Tech Football Schedule Date School LoeaUon Sept. 1 WV State Away Sept. 8 Marshall Univ. Away Sept. 15 West Liberty State Home Sept. 22 Gardner Webb Home Sept. 29 Concord College Home October 6 Fairmont State Away October 13 Shepherd College Home --- Homecoming -- October 20 VMI Away October 27 Glenvflle State Away Nov. 10 Indiana Univ. (PA) Away Golden Bear Outlook In talcing over the reigns of the Goh.len Bear football pro- grain, first year head coach Jim MarSh is stepping into a difficult position. Not only is this Marsh's debut as a head coach but he is faced with the tasks of assem- bling a staff .along with dealing with the challenge of blending the recruits, transfers, and re- turning members of a squad that went 7-3-1 a 3,ear ago. When you consider thai the 1.990 schedule Score Date Sept. I Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29 October 6 October 13 October 27 Nov. 3 Nov. 10 Nov. 17 Football Schedule School Location Kent State Home Maryland Home South Carolina Away Louisville Home Pittsburgh Away Virginia Tech Away Cincinnati Home Boston College Home Penn State Home Rutgers Away Syracuse Home Score Mountaineer Outlook sophomores Jason Cicenas 16-2,He's said it and said it and 230), and Michael Pons (6-3, said it, and Coach Don Nehlen is 210) return with some expert- right -- both on paper and on ence, Aaron Brammer (6-2, 230)the practice field -- when he and Quinn French (6-3, 230) says, "We are really starting also should be counted on for over." help. The staff has made the re- cruiting of offensive linemen a priority and several JUCO play- ers have been lined up to bolster the thin ranks. Sam Brim returns as the Bears' defensive co6rdinator and The new decade brings a tre- mendous opportunity for a lot of new faces to move to the fore- front of West Virginia football. but an incredible challenge goes hand m hand with the transi- lion. ans in Jim Gray and Theron El- lis out of our front seven, but that's it. There's talent, there's enthusiasm, but nothing is proven yet. So I'm anxious to see how these new players can take lip where the old ones left off'." The secondary is also "de- pleted; we're ahnost starting from scratch here, too," Nehlen says. "Cecil Doggette (a junior college cornerback) was really a bright spot in the spring, and MAR UN Marshall Football Schedule Date ~" School Location Sept. i Morehead State Home Sept. 8 West Virginia Tcch Home Sept. 22 The Citadel Away Sept. 29 *Furman, Home October 6 Georgia Southern Home October 13 East Tennessee State Away October 20 Tenn.-Chattanooga Home October 27 Virginia Military Away Nov. 3 Appalachian State Home Nov. 10 Eastern Kentucky Home Nov. 17 *Westem Carolina Away Thundering Herd Outlo, With a 57-56-3 record during the 1980s, Marshall University football experienced its most productive decade ever and its first winning decade since the 1940s when the Herd went 35- 31-3. As Marshall enters into the 1990s and into a new stadium in 1991, the Herd has earmarked this decade as the one to up- grade its football program to compete at a higher level. The Replacements will found for much of the] fensive firepower. The ished first in the ference in passing per game) and league in total offense and scoring (27.1 ppg) quarterback and leader John Gregory 2,778 yards and 24 7,020 yards, 51 TDs the school's has been upgraded, the task be.- one will expect Tech to continue "This may be the youngest having Darrell Whitmore back Herd already plays one of therusher in Ron comes one of an awesome star- the tradition of being aggressive and most inexperienced team (after a summer in baseball's toughest I-AA schedules with in 1989; 3,903 ure. as well as hard hitting, we've had since I've been at West minor leagues) will help a great games against national I-AA The Herd's offenSeh~ ; Gone from a season past are As one looks at the defensiveVirginia," Nehlen explains, anddeal, but after that, we have a lot powers Georgia Southern, East- stered by the return of~a~ the likes of All America Phil line, many holes need to be the numbers bear him out. With of'ifs.' Who kimws?" ern Kentucky and Furman. team all-conference se~,,~ Hudson, WVIAC Offensive Player plugged with only defensive end only five returning starters and But the coach admits he has Starting in 1991, Marshall will Wide receiver Andre Ivi~l of the Year Lee Holder, running Charles Ford (6-4, 220) and "only 31 letiennen back from last seen some good things, tangle with I-A members N.C. receptions, 908 yards, 21~ back Tim Belcher, and Bill down lineman Byron Griffin (6-0, year's squad, Nehlen and his "That front seven has great State (1991, 1993 and 1995), tight end Eric lhnat (~I Doyen and Rick Lantz from the 270) returning with experience, staff have a job to do in getting ability to run -- they can really Missouri (1992 and 1994) and tions, 545 yards, 7 -:~ offensive line. Defensively, the Several freshman recruits as youngsters ready to play right move- and that's very encour- North Carolina 1993). placekicker Dewey gl~L_ _ Golden Bears will sorely miss well as transfers are being con- now. aging. And there's a lot of talent With George Chaump depart- FGs, 32 XPs, 68 po!~[|~" Orlando Adams, Greg Pough, sldered to fill in the gaps. Ford, "q'wo years ago, our offense there, so we may yet end up with ing in January to assume the credibility to the optirnis~[## and Eric Alklre. Steve Adams however, should be considered was almost completely wiped out some depth. If we can just stayduties at the Naval Academy, Marshall camp. ,,1~,~ (kicker/punier) will also be diffi- an All Conference prospect, by graduation," tile 1 lth-yearaway from injuries, we may end Marshall University went looking Defensively, all-leag.~J~||~i cult to replace. In the ltnebacklng department coach explains, "and last year, it up with a solid defense." for a cbach tough enough and able mention lineballl~ Under new offensive coordina- things look a little brighter as was our defense that was wiped On offense, Nehlen says that intelligent enough to lead Gates (116 tackles, ~Jl[llt tor Mike Springston, the Bears both starters of a season ago re- out by graduation. AJld then the "tile skill positions are solid, and Marshall into the 1990s and a fumble recoveries) anC):~ " will show some of the aggressive turn. Jarrett Thompson (5-9, draft took Major Harris. There I feel positive that the starting new stadium, as well as carry on Herd's hopes of impro~ ~I~mtR pass oriented attack of a year 190) from nearby East Bank and just aren't many familiar facesoffensive line will come around. I the revitalized winning tradition, rushing defense Wit~| ago. Early competition in the Chesapeake, Ohio, native Ryan left." really like the situation we have Marshall found who it was mind, the switch'to the4~ quarterback spot seems to Ibcus Salmons (6-0. 190)seem to form This is unfamiliar to Moun- at tailback. There are a lot of looking for in a head coach inimplemented and mo~3 on returning Elkins native, Steve a solid pair at that spot. Chlstaineer fans, who have cheered things I like about our offense." Jim Donnan. Donnan had spent sis was put on devel0~| Schumacher (6-2, 175), and jun- Newberry (6-2, 205), Mark Kernsand lbllowed the stellar perform- "But," tie adds, "we will have tile previous five years at Okla- defensive end assignn[~ lor transfer Jerry Lucus (6-2, (6-2, 210) and Shawn Lucas (5- ers who led West Virginia to to work extremely hard to de- homa and his entire lifetime OverM1, the Thundef",~] 210). Both should be able to give 9, 200) could see some playing bowl g~nes the past three yearsvelop depth along the offensive building an impressive an'a~ of spent the sorint~ lea#~ Tech the leadership that's neces- time as linebacker as well. and se~en of the last nine sea-line and we will have to work tofootball knowledge, ropes of a new syste ~ ~J saryfromthatpositlon. In the defensive secondary, sons, but Nehlen and his keep all our people healthy. Donnan's task at Marshall ling acquainted with a~l Tile running gmne should re- junior Jeff Hughes (6-0, 185) re- coaches are quite fanliliar with We've always taken a great will be a challenging one but one new coaching staff, q'h~ volve arotmd returning James turns and is one of the best inthe young, talented prospects amount of pride in the strength that he eagerly accepts, head coach was pleaSet~l Shupe, a (6-1, 225) fullback the conference. Another junior,who have quietly been maturing of our football team; we have "I came here to build on an initial results but at ~| from Crab Orchard, sophomore Scott Yates (5-10. 190) Is backwithin tile Mountaineer system really worked hard in the weightalready strong program," said time remainect cauti~! Robert McClintic (5-.10. 165), and strongly defenses the run.all along, room over the past 10years, andDonnan at his initial meetingoutlook. ,,,e~ from I~ewisburg, and newcomers The other spots will be up in the "We've got a lot of new laces I think it's paid off. It's obvious with the area media and Herd "We had a pro(hJctiVi~ Barry Browning (6-1, 215), a air as Stacey Wells (6-2, 165), and a lot of 'ifs' in the lineup to x~le that lhis team will have to supporters last January. "I don't from the standpoint "]~ transfer from WVU, and Joe Tony Monttel (6-2, 180), and right now," Nehlen says, "but haxe the same characteristics worry about whal we don't have, were able to teach tl~e,tI France (5-9, 195), a VMI trans- Cornell Howerton (5-9, 210J that's not necessarily all bad." If this year for us to have any I work with what we've got. our systeJn and find ~'! fer. Both Browning and France battle for playing time. the 'ifs' come through, if we can chance. We've got all the resources and their physical and meilt#| had impressive spring showings, gain some experience, then we "The way I see it, although we support to make Marshall one of To make the passing gmne go, In~ the kicking game Cary could be a good football team. play about the same schedule as the best I-AA football programs the Bears bring back Jim Long- Hanna (6-2, 190) seems to have There are some talented players, we have in the past, every team in America." esl, (6-0, 210) , senior tight end the inside track to inherit the but we've gol to make that show, we played a year ago feels they'll Donnan and his staff emerged from Clinton, TN, who is a position held by Steve Adams up on the field. We've got somebe stronger than they were from spring ball with many strong candidate Ibr post season over the last two years, tremendous work to do between then," Nehlen explains. "And changes and a few question honors. At the wide outs Tech The 1990 schedule has been the opening of camp and that just ask every coach we play if marks. The defense was changed will look to Barry Clendenin (6- beefed up, for in addition to the opening game," West Virginia will be better this from a 3-4 to a 4-3. Many play- 2,180), John Frisby (6-1, 170), regular conference opponents, That work will begin on de- year than in 1989, and I suspecters, including lettermen Mike and senior Darryl Richardson (5- Tech has meetings with Marshall lense, where "we graduated justthey'll say no. Gill, Phil Ratliff, Layne Vranka, 9, 165) to share playing time. 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