Marshall already has what appears to be a brutal 2011 schedule with games against West Virginia, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Central Florida, Houston and Southern Miss.
Now, they’ll have to go about it with a much thinner roster.
According to the Charleston Gazette, 10 of Marshall’s 29 players who signed a Letter of Intent to play for the Herd this year were absent from the preseason camp roster. Some of the no-shows are thought to be academic casualties. They are:
- receiver Chris Alston
- running back Steward Butler
- receiver Levern Jacobs
- receiver Conelius Jones (left the program after spring)
- lineman Jamar Lewter
- athlete DeAndre Reaves
- defensive back Deontae West
- defensive end Robert Mincey
- JUCO lineman Colin Munro
- JUCO defensive end Terry Franklin
Marshall was already operating through spring practices on a depleted roster, with head coach Doc Holliday working with as little as 40-50 players at times because of graduation and injuries.