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Derek Redd

Local Universities Reporter
Redd, Derek

MEC notebook: Shepherd optimistic about contending for crown

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Not everyone who voted in the Mountain East Conference preseason football poll was ready to anoint Concord, the defending MEC champ and Division II national semifinalist, the choice to take home the 2015 crown.

One...

West Virginia State defense effective in invading opposing backfields

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Even through the struggles of a 2-9 season, the West Virginia State University football team almost always found a way to create some havoc in the opponent’s backfield.

The Yellow ...

Olszewski, Johnson to be UC’s QBs for opener

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Both Jeremy Johnson and Mason Olszewski had to sit back and watch the University of Charleston’s offense last season, each quarterback recovering from their respective knee injuries. On Thursday, the two will go f...

UC running back Elam primed for another big season

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Any college football player who earns the title of starting running back already walks into a season with a target plastered on him. If that player builds the resume that University of Charleston running back Marvin Elam...

Class AAA No. 5 Cabell Midland runs past Spring Valley

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HUNTINGTON — Neither the Cabell Midland nor the Spring Valley football team looked very sharp at the start of their season opener Friday at Spring Valley. Yet the Class 3A No. 5 Knight...

W.Va. State offensive line showing promise in preseason

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West Virginia State’s football team knows the key to improving its offense — and there’s plenty of room for improvement — starts at the point of attack.

One of Yellow Jackets coach Jon A...

UC to continue using multiple quarterbacks

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There is at least one football cliché to which University of Charleston coach Pat Kirkland does not subscribe.

It’s said that if you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have one. For the Golden Eagl...

WVSU LB Gardeck brings toughness to defense

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If West Virginia State football coach Jon Anderson didn’t already know the level of toughness he had in outside linebacker Dennis Gardeck, “The Finger” was all the evidence he needed.

Gardeck s...

Race for Marshall kicking job still a close one

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HUNTINGTON — The Marshall football team’s specialists, the players tasked with kicking and punting for the Thundering Herd, are a tight bunch. That’s obvious as they move...

Marshall notebook: Jean-Felix’s flexibility a big boost for his game

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HUNTINGTON — In Marshall offensive lineman Sandley Jean-Felix’s rise to the role of the Thundering Herd’s top left tackle, the top half of his body has been especially in...

Marshall’s Tindal embracing the role of veteran

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HUNTINGTON — Marshall corner Corey Tindal is battle tested, a junior who has started since he was a freshman. Even though he’s always been in that starting defensive lineup, he&...

Huntington’s Gatrell hopes bigger frame leads to better finish

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HUNTINGTON — The Ryan Gatrell that Huntington High football opponents saw last season was impressive enough, a 190-pound junior linebacker who racked up 119 tackles on his way to a spo...

Marshall notebook: Williams hopes added pounds mean bigger role

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HUNTINGTON — Marshall is seeing a little more of defensive tackle Ricardo Williams these days, and the fifth-year senior hopes that translates to him seeing more playing time during hi...

Derek Redd: MU special teamers’ feats gain social media fans

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HUNTINGTON — Season 2 of the Marshall special teams’ trick shots are coming to a social media site near you. And the wait won’t be nearly as long as that for the final se...

Neely latest Georgia Military College product looking to make impact with Herd

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HUNTINGTON — Marshall's football team can thank part of its growing pipeline from Georgia Military College for allowing that pipeline to keep flowing.

Marshall LB Petty eager to return to competition

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HUNTINGTON — They beat him. He joined them.

Yet when linebacker Shawn Petty transferred from Maryland to Marshall in 2014, it wasn’t to waltz into the Thundering Herd lock...

Marshall RB Watson ready to increase workload

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HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s Remi Watson finished the 2014 season with an even 100 carries, gaining 546 yards. He hopes that load will increase this fall. Actually, any carry he gets...

Marshall’s Reaves moves back to outside WR

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HUNTINGTON — Deandre Reaves’ role as the Marshall football team’s kick returner is a constant. He’s considered one of the best at that role, and college football e...

Samuel, Dillon ready to lead Marshall defensive line

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HUNTINGTON — The shadow of former Marshall defensive lineman James Rouse is a large one. Two-time All-Conference USA first-team picks tend to cast them.

But Jarquez Samuel and St...

Wayne WR Stiltner could see revised role

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WAYNE — Wayne High receiver Cody Stiltner’s junior year ended with some impressive pass-catching numbers in the Pioneers’ wing-T offense. His 727 receiving yards were amo...

Marshall DE Massaquoi trying to follow in former starters’ footsteps

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HUNTINGTON — Marshall defensive end Joe Massaquoi would love to follow the lead of the two former starters at that spot — Ra’Shawde Myers and Arnold Blackmon. The two ent...

Former Marshall player, assistant Phil Ratliff dies

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Phil Ratliff’s impact at Marshall went far beyond being one of the “Kentucky Headhunters” who paved the way for the Thundering Herd’s first NCAA Division I-AA football championship.

And ...

Marshall notebook: Redshirt freshman Devers more than carrying his weight

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HUNTINGTON — It didn’t take long for Marshall offensive lineman Nate Devers to perform some eye-popping feats.

The 6-foot-3, 282-pound redshirt freshman already has bench-pressed a whopping 485 pounds...

Marshall’s McKelvey eager for healthy, productive season

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HUNTINGTON — After sharing it for the last eight games of the 2014 season, Marshall linebacker Evan McKelvey is ready to reclaim his jersey number.

He was humbled that his Thunde...

Top juco linebacker among late additions to Marshall football roster

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HUNTINGTON – The Marshall football team picked up a trio of late scholarship additions for Friday’s start to preseason camp. The most notable addition was a former star junior c...

Herd’s Johnson blossoms out of obscurity, into national spotlight

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HUNTINGTON — The mystery surrounding Marshall running back Devon Johnson has vanished.

It began to disappear with his first game and his 55-yard rumble past the Miami (Ohio) defe...

Holliday wants this Herd football team to maintain intensity

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HUNTINGTON — In Marshall football coach Doc Holliday’s eyes, life as the hunted isn’t much different than life as the hunter. And it isn’t much different than the ...

Former Marshall football player, assistant Phil Ratliff hospitalized

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Phil Ratliff, a star offensive lineman and former assistant coach for the Marshall football team and now an assistant at Charlotte, was hospitalized Monday following what Charlotte called a “cardiac event.”...

Young players climb Marshall football depth chart

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Michael Birdsong ended the spring as Marshall’s starting quarterback, a job he maintained through the summer and into the Thundering Herd’s preseason camp.

The Herd released a preseason depth chart Fr...

Post 94 gears up for another American Legion baseball state bid

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Over the previous six years, if there was an American Legion baseball state championship, South Charleston Post 94 was playing for it. The team has played in every title game since 2009, winning four of them.

Post ...

Dolan learning the SSAC ropes from Ray

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These days, when Gary Ray is on the job, Bernie Dolan is quite often right beside him, and vice versa.

Ray, the outgoing executive director of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission, and Dolan, th...

Banowsky steps down as Conference USA commissioner

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C-USA’s top exec since 2002 leaving league to become the CFP Foundation’s executive director

Marshall hoops to visit Maryland on Dec. 27

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Terps enter 2015 considered among NCAA’s best teams

Power teammates have mutual friend in Black Bears’ rookie

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Tucker, Joe both have history with Pirates’ first-round pick

Derek Redd: W.Va. Power on speedy winning pace

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Marshall opens doors to Sports Medicine Institute

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Facility will benefit Thundering Herd student-athletes, general public

Derek Redd: Cato can capitalize on chance in CFL

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