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Friday, November 20, 2009
Marshall RB feels good, gametime decision

By Graham Watson

Marshall running back Darius Marshall told the coaching staff he feels good and will be evaluated during warmups on Saturday to see if he can play against SMU.

Marshall suffered a left ankle injury during last week’s 27-20 loss to Southern Miss and was used sparingly in practice this week.

Marshall is the team’s leading running back and really their best source of offense now that tight end Cody Slate has been lost for the season after suffering a torn ACL against Southern Miss. Both players watched the fourth quarter of that game on crutches from the sidelines.

Redshirt freshman Martin Ward is expected to see playing time against SMU. He’s played sparingly all season, but is considered to be a talented running back. He's had 34 carries for 125 yards so far this season.

This game has implications for both teams. SMU is currently in first place in Conference USA’s West Division and needs to win out to claim the title. Marshall still needs a win for bowl eligibility and likely needs to win its remaining two games to earn a bowl berth.