More awards for Marshall Football Team this week; Coach Holliday, QB Wells honored

Doc Holliday, head coach of the Marshall Thundering Herd football team 2017 photo By Bobak, Own work, CC BY 3.0, https

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s hot 7-0 start and lofty national ranking of 15 has continued to yield honors from across the college football landscape.
Head Coach Doc Holliday , above, has been named to the national watch list for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year honor, as he has the Herd staked to a 4-0 start in Conference USA. The Hurricane native is Marshall’s all-time leader in games coached (136), wins over FBS programs (77) and has led the Thundering Herd to a 6-1 record in bowl games. Marshall is also one of just six undefeated teams to have played at least seven games in 2020.
Quarterback Grant Wells added to his collection of honors Wednesday, as he was named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, an accommodation given to the nation’s most outstanding college football player. The redshirt freshman’s 7-0 record ties him for the second-longest FBS win streak to start a career as the starting QB in school history (Chase Litton, 2015). Wells has been named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week three times this season. He has completed a league-best 65.6% of his passes (126-of-192) for 1,674 yards with a league-best 16 touchdown passes. The 16 TD passes are second in the FBS among freshmen quarterbacks, trailing only Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler (18).