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Chris Dorst/Gazette Mail

This past weekend Marshall held a private Green-White scrimmage for students and Big Green members. As a student, this was the first time I had gotten to see the team play since the loss of Rakeem Cato. So, as I’m sure you could all imagine, my first thought was to see if the new quarterback could produce at least somewhat near what Cato did. The current QB lineup goes as follows: Michael Birdsong, Chase Litton, and Gunnar Holcombe.

First, Michael Birdsong. This Andy Dalton look-alike didn’t exactly look his best on Saturday from what I could tell. He completed 7 of his 16 passes, which if you do the math, is less than 50%. He also added on two touchdowns and one interception to that stat. Birdsong is going to have to learn how to place the ball better if he wants to improve. For a former James Madison QB his play style might work, but he’s going to have to get used to the quick and big Marshall receivers. One of his biggest problems seemed to be that he would focus on one receiver right from the snap.

Second, Chase Litton. The true freshman QB has made his way up to the backup position for the Herd. He also threw 7 of 16 on Saturday. His nine misses honestly weren’t really close to catches at all. He often overthrew receivers. So yes, he has a big arm. No, he doesn’t have much accuracy yet. He impressed me the least.

Finally there is Gunnar Holcombe. Gunnar was the back-up QB to now CFL star Rakeem Cato. In my opinion, and by stats, Holcombe played the best on Saturday. He threw about 13 of 16 passes, maybe better than that. Numbers never lie, right? Well, even if they did, seeing him shine in person speaks for itself. Gunnar threw some bullets and his receivers made the catches, too. And when I say bullet, I mean it. Without chest pads, it would probably be very painful to bring in one of his passes.

So personally, I don’t know why Holcombe isn’t at least the back-up. A JMU transfer and a true freshman can’t possibly have that big of an advantage on him, especially after what I saw this past weekend. It’ll be interesting to see how Birdsong does, and all of Herd Nation is hoping he does well.

Marshall’s first test is against Purdue on September the 6th.

Casey covers NCAA Football and Thundering Herd Sports for MFST. You can follow him on twitter @wxmozz 

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