HUNTINGTON — Typically, when a football coach talks about a team going through the motions, it generally brings about a negative connotation.
However, Marshall University head coach Doc Holliday wants his team going through the motions when the team takes the field for its Saturday session.
One week from Saturday, the Herd will open its 2018 season on the road at Miami (Ohio) in a 3:30 p.m. contest at Yager Stadium in Oxford, Ohio.
“Saturday, we are basically going through a mock game,” Holliday said. “The walk, the pregame, substitutions — all of that will be getting us ready for next Saturday.”
Out of all of that which will be gone over, the substitution packages will likely be among the most vital.
Especially on defense, there are several packages where personnel changes are necessary in an efficient manner to ensure that everyone is aligned how they should be once they get a call from the coaching staff.
Holliday is utilizing the Saturday session as a chance to put his team in different situations, so coaches and players can go over substitution patterns and calls that can get the team on and off the field in a quick manner to get set for the next play.
It might seem a bit trivial with nine starters back on each side of the ball, but the depth Marshall has means there will be several rotations in an effort to keep players fresh, which makes it that much more important to be prepared.
Most coaches have been on the field for practices and scrimmages alike to ensure that guys are ready, but Saturday’s mock game also allows for coaches who will be in the booth on game days to go up there and make sure that communication down to the field is fluid.
Marshall will then take Sunday off before getting into game week on Monday.