Marshall Thundering Herd

HUNTINGTON, WV - SEPTEMBER 6: Tiquan Lang #21 of the Marshall Thundering Herd returns an interception for a touchdown late in the second half against the Purdue Boilermakers at Joan C. Edwards Stadium on September 6, 2015 in Huntington, West Virginia. Marshall defeated Purdue 41-31. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Marshall DB Tiquan Lang arrested on DUI, weapons charges

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There’s a combination you don’t see very frequently.

According to the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, Marshall defensive back Tiquan Lang was arrested on multiple charges early Saturday morning.  Those charges include driving under the influence, possession of a concealed deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance.  All three of those charges are misdemeanors.

The situation began when police officers observed Lang asleep/passed out in a running vehicle and went downhill from there.  From the Herald-Dispatch’s report:

Upon arrival, officers turned off the car and made multiple attempts to wake the man, who was asleep with the driver’s seat reclined, according to criminal complaints. Police state the man had trouble maintaining balance as he exited the vehicle once awake.

After he was out of the vehicle, police say they found a Glock 27 with an extended 30-round magazine partially concealed under the seat.

A police dog sniffed out one full and two partial Xanax bars in the center console. Reports state police could smell the odor of marijuana, but none was found. A plastic cup with a small amount of liquor was located in the console.

Lang told police he had a prescription for the medication, and his drowsiness was exacerbated by drinking the liquor, according to the complaint.

The football program is aware of the development and will handle the matter internally.

Over the past three seasons, Lang has started 23 gams the past three seasons.  Last season, Lang was second on the team with 91 tackles.  He returned both of his interceptions for touchdowns as well.

Nearly 30 percent of early entrants went undrafted

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  A detail from the red carpet prior to the start of the 2016 NFL Draft on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images)
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North of 100 college football players decided earlier this year, in some form or fashion, to forego their remaining collegiate eligibility for an early shot at the NFL.  In the end, roughly seven out of every 10 of those players felt a draft.

In mid-January, the NFL announced that 96 players “have been granted special eligibility for the 2016 NFL Draft.”  Another 11 players with eligibility remaining “have in timely fashion under NFL rules officially notified the league office that they have fulfilled their degree requirements” and were eligible for the draft as well.

Add it up, there were 107 players who left collegiate eligibility on the table.  And, in the end, exactly 30 of those players were left without a seat once the draft music had stopped.

Below is the list of players who will hope to gain a foothold on an NFL club as an undrafted free agent:

Bralon Addison, WR, Oregon
Dominique Alexander, LB, Oklahoma
Travis Blanks, LB, Clemson
Peyton Barber, RB, Auburn
Dariusz Bladek, OG, Bethune-Cookman
Beniquez Brown, LB, Mississippi State
Trenton Coles, DB, Duquesne
Elijah Daniel, DT, Murray State
Terrell Davis, LB, British Columbia
Eric Enderson, P, Delaware
David Grinnage, TE, North Carolina State
Cayleb Jones, WR, Arizona
Denver Kirkland, OT, Arkansas
Darius Latham, DL, Indiana
Roger Lewis, WR, Bowling Green
Steve Longa, LB, Rutgers
Jalin Marshall, WR, Ohio State
Brett McMakin, LB, Northern Iowa
Marquez North, WR, Tennessee
Joe Powell, DB, Globe
Tyvis Powell, S, Ohio State
Alex Redmond, OL, UCLA
Aldrick Rosas, K, Southern Oregon
Tyrell Smith, OT, Massachusetts
Ron Thompson, DE, Syracuse
Corey Tindal, DB, Marshall
Quinn van Gylswyk, K, British Columbia
Cleveland Wallace III, CB, San Jose State
De’Runnya Wilson, WR, Mississippi State
Avery Young, OL, Auburn

Marshall lands Michigan grad transfer Terry Richardson

at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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In the end, Michigan’s secondary loss will turn into Marshall’s gain.

While the football program has yet to announce his addition to the roster, a source with knowledge of the situation has confirmed to CFT that Terry Richardson has decided to transfer into the Conference USA school and continue his collegiate playing career for the Herd.  As the cornerback will be coming into Doc Holliday‘s program as a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately in 2016.

The upcoming season will be Richardson’s final season of eligibility.

Back in early January, Richardson, along with now-former teammate Ross Taylor-Douglas, announced they would be transferring from Michigan.  Taylor-Douglas ultimately landed at Rutgers in early February.

A four-star member of the Wolverines’ 2012 recruiting class, Richardson was rated as the No. 18 corner in the country and the No. 5 player at any position in the state of Michigan.  After playing in six games as a true freshman, Richardson played in just nine games total the next three seasons.

Richardson’s transfer decision came shortly after a season that saw him play in just one game in 2015.

Marshall OT Clint Van Horn granted sixth year of eligibility

HUNTINGTON, WV - DECEMBER 06: A Marshall Thundering Herd helmet as seen on the sideleine at Joan C. Edwards Stadium during the Conference USA championship game on December 6, 2014 in Huntington, West Virginia. The Thundering Herd defeat the Bulldogs 26-23. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Signing day was three weeks ago, but Marshall celebrated one of its biggest additions for the 2016 season on Tuesday.

The program announced offensive tackle Clint Van Horn has received clearance to return for a sixth season this fall after missing the majority of 2015 due to injury. Van Horn was a Lombardi and Outland trophy Watch List member over the summer.

“Getting Clint back this year is such a tremendous boost for the entire program,” said Marshall coach Doc Holliday in a statement. “He is one of our leaders and truly embodies what it means to be a Marshall student-athlete.”

Van Horn said he was moved to tears upon learning the news.

Marshall secures third straight 10-win season with St. Pete Bowl defeat of UConn

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - DECEMBER 20:  Coach Doc Holliday of the Marshall Thundering herd directs play against the Florida International University Panthers December 20, 2011 in the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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A sextuple-header of post-Christmas bowl games began with Marshall taking the St. Petersburg Bowl in a 16-10 decision over Connecticut Saturday afternoon at a dreary and empty Tropicana Field.

Chase Litton led the Herd by completing 23-of-34 throws for 218 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His 16-yard scoring strike to Ryan Yuracheck opened the scoring at the 8:10 mark of the first quarter. Ron Johnson responded for Connecticut with an eight-yard scoring burst to cap a 75-yard, six-minute scoring march on the ensuing possession.

Neither team would find the end zone for the rest of the game.

Marshall blew a number of chances to put the Huskies away throughout the game. After Johnson’s score tied the game, Marshall mounted drives of 65 and 85 yards, but each ended in short Nick Smith field goals. The Thundering Herd opened the second half with a 58-yard drive that stalled on a 4th-and-2 at the UConn 17. After an interception on the ensuing possession, Smith missed a 43-yard field goal (very, very) wide right.

Leading 13-10 with 8:12 to play in the fourth quarter, Marshall embarked on what could have been a clock-killing, game-ending drive from its own 5-yard line, but the push ended in a 32-yard Smith field goal with 1:44 remaining.

Given one more chance to win the game with a touchdown, Connecticut moved 16 yards to its own 41 before Bryant Shirreffs’ 4th-and-9 toss to Hergy Mayala fell incomplete with 21 seconds remaining.

Shirreffs paced Connecticut by completing 10-of-17 passes for 86 yards with an interception while rushing a team-high 19 times for 75 yards.

Overall, Marshall out-rushed UConn 171-125 and out-gained the Huskies 389-213.

The win gives Marshall (10-3) a double-digit victory total for the third consecutive season, while UConn (6-7) is still in search of its first winning campaign since 2010 and its first bowl victory since 2009.