Marshall approves football beer sales throughout stadium

Marshall Football 2017 Match Preview Prediction and Players

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Beer sales have been approved, starting in the 2017 season, for Marshall University home football games throughout Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Two other construction projects were announced, including additional retail space and concourse expansion on the west side of the stadium.

“This is a continuation of our goal to provide more amenities for our fan base that makes attending Marshall Football games a more enjoyable experience,” said Marshall athletics director Mike Hamrick. “We have played a lot of winning football in our stadium over the past five years. “And we have great opponents such as Pittsburgh, Boise State, North Carolina State, and Navy just to name a few over the next five years, and it is imperative that the investment in our fan experience matches our football brand,” he continued. “We are excited about this next round of enhancements and we know our fans will enjoy them, too.”

Marshall Football 2017 Match Preview Prediction and Players

Marshall Football 2017

Marshall a year ago expanded alcohol sales from the Big Green Room only to include the chair-back seating areas. The new policy approved Wednesday will also include the designation of multiple alcohol-free seating sections. The Marshall football team landed a wide receiver transfer from Oklahoma State on Monday. Obi Obialo, a 6-foot-3, 201-pounder out of Coppell, Texas, posted on his Twitter feed Monday that after announcing earlier this spring he would transfer from Stillwater, that he was headed to Huntington.

“Excited and ready for the next chapter,” Obialo wrote a post that included his name on the back of a Marshall football jersey. Obialo was a three-star prospect out of Coppell High but dislocated his left ankle during his senior season in 2015, He walked on to Oklahoma State in 2016 and caught two passes for 11 yards as a freshman. Three-year starter Alex McGough returns at quarterback, as does three-year starter Alex Gardner in the backfield, which gives the Panthers a solid starting point in both the passing and rushing attack from a skill perspective. The good news for FIU is two backups at each of those positions gained experience in the 2016 season, meaning the starting experience and depth aren’t an issue.

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At quarterback, Maurice Alexander and Christian Alexander will back up McGough while Anthony Jones and Shawndarrius Phillips return at running back. Expect talented freshman running back prospect D’Vonte Price to be in the mix for snaps as well. Whether its in the rushing attack or passing attack, there will be plenty of experience up front on the line of scrimmage with Jordan Budwig coming back from injury to join Kai Absheer, Daquane Wilkie and Neal Mars as linemen with starting experience. The positions of those former starters might well be dictated on what Davis decides to do with Class of 2017 products Cody Bowes and Willa Pierre who were high-rated prospects who could end up with significant immediate playing time.

McGough will also have plenty of returning targets to choose from. Thomas Owens is the top target among the receivers and Stantley Thomas is a weapon, but Darrius Scott also proved to be a reliable target with one of the team’s highest catch ratios last season. The Panthers lost tight end Jonnu Smith to graduation, but Coastal Carolina grad transfer A.J. Sattinger will move into his spot. Look for a pair of Davis’ 2017 recruits – DeAndre Williams and Bryce Singleton to factor in.

Marshall Football 2017, While the offense has plenty of pieces back, it needs to improve its big-play capabilities, which might be where one of the young talents emerge with Price in the backfield and Williams and Singleton in the passing game. On defense, the front seven returns basically intact, aside from the loss of defensive tackle Imarjaye Albury and hybrid linebacker Vontarius West. The defensive front should be led by talented end Fermin Silva and true freshman Noah Curtis could come in as an immediate impact player. On the interior, Jermaine Sherriff and Milord Juste return while redshirt freshman Andrew Tarver and true freshman Rashad Colson could provide depth. At the linebacker spots, Treyvon Williams and Anthony Wint return, giving FIU a pair of talented, experienced players at the second level to aid with improving a defense that struggled at times last year.

Sage Lewis will be called on to step up into a more prominent role, but if he is unable to perform up to the task, three talented freshmen – Jamal Gates, Romelo Brooks and Brandon James – will be taking snaps away. The likelihood is that two of the three earn playing time in 2017 while the other sites, but all are capable of being in the mix. Source Link

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