6 Herd players on Athlon Preseason All-C-USA, Home Kickoffs Set


HUNTINGTON — Marshall had six student-athletes named to Athlon’s preseason All-Conference USA football teams, the outlet announced Thursday. Leading the way for the Thundering Herd was tight end Ryan Yurachek, who was selected to the first team. Defensive lineman Ryan Bee and cornerback Rodney Allen were named second-team selections, while Levi Brown was recognized on the third team. Rounding out the honors were quarterback Chase Litton and Miami-Fla. transfer wide receiver Tyre Brady, who were honored on the fourth team.

Yurachek, Bee, and Allen received 2016 all-league honorable mention recognition, while Brown was named to the conference’s All-Freshman team. Earlier this week, the latter was also selected as a member of the 2017 Rimington Trophy Watch List. Last season, Yurachek was honored by the John Mackey Award, the Wuerffel Trophy and AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) Good Works Team.

Allen was recently arrested for a DUI, hit and run and not having a valid license. The Marshall Athletic staff issued a statement the department is aware of the arrest and will handle the problem internally.


Ryan Bee gets a handful of jersey on FAU QB Devin Singletary, registering a sack in last year’s Homecoming win. (HI photo by Greg Perry)

In addition, the Marshall football team will play all of its 2017 home games at either 2:30 or 6:30 p.m., the Thundering Herd announced in May. The first two home games, against the RedHawks of Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 2 and versus the Kent State Golden Flashes on Sept. 16, will start at 6:30 p.m. The Oct. 14 Homecoming tilt with the Monarchs of Old Dominion and the FIU Golden Panthers game, two weeks later, is set for 2:30 p.m.

Marshall will face the Hilltoppers of WKU at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 and Southern Miss’ Golden Eagles on the 25th at 2:30 p.m. The start times for the Herd’s road games at the 49ers of Charlotte (Oct. 7) and at the Roadrunners of UTSA (Nov. 18) in San Antonio, Texas will be set at a later date.

Broadcast availability for all of the games above will be made available next month as Conference USA partners finalize their selections from beIN SPORTS and Stadium, a new option with many of the ASN channels involved as well as games on Twitter and ESPN3. The start times (and any possible broadcast outlets) for a non-conference game the American’s Bearcats of Cincinnati (Sept. 30) is also yet to be determined. is reporting the NC State game will be at 6 p.m. at Carter-Finley Stadium, and will air on the ACC Network Extra (also at Marshall’s Oct. 20 game at the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee (7 p.m. EDT or at 6 p.m. CDT in Murfreesboro, Tenn.) is set to air on ESPN2, while the Thundering Herd’s Nov. 3 contest at the Owls of Florida Atlantic  (6 p.m.) will be carried on CBS Sports Network.

2017 Schedule Date Team Time Network

Sept. 2 MIAMI-OHIO (Season-Home Opener), 6:30 p.m. EDT TV-TBA

Sept. 9 at NC State, 6 p.m. EDT ACC Network Extra (ESPN3)

Sept. 16 KENT STATE (HOF Weekend), 6:30 p.m. EDT TV-TBA

Sept. 30 at Cincinnati, TBA TV-TBA

Oct. 7 at Charlotte*, TBA TV-TBA

Oct. 14 OLD DOMINION* (Marshall’s 116th Homecoming), 2:30 p.m. TV-TBA

Oct. 20 at Middle Tennessee*, 7 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. CT ESPN2

Oct. 28 FIU*, 2:30 p.m. EDT TV-TBA

Nov. 3 at Florida Atlantic*, 6 p.m. TV-CBS Sports Network

Nov. 11 WKU*, 6:30 p.m. EDT TV-TBA

Nov. 18 at UTSA*, TBA TV-TBA

Nov. 25 SOUTHERN MISS* (Senior Day), 2:30 p.m. TV-TBA

Dec. 2 C-USA Championship At team with best record TBA TV-ESPN or ESPN2

*Conference USA game

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About Woody Woodrum

Senior Editor and columnist/writer for Herd Insider since 2003, with Kindred Communications on radio for Marshall football/men's basketball pregame and postgame shows since 1996 and with First Sentry Bank Sportsline (Also Scott on Sports, Sideline Sports and Herd Insider Sportsline) since 1997. Married to Liz (12-22-1990) and one son, Tre' (11-7-1997). National Sportswriters & Sportscasters West Virginia Broadcaster of the Year winner for radio, 2000; won W.Va. Broadcasters Best Talk Show in 2013 with co-host Paul Swann and W.Va. Broadcasters Best Play-by-Play in 2015 with Jason Toy (Huntington at South Charleston, state AAA semifinals). Member of (College) Football Writers Association of America, (College) Basketball Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Color commentator for Marshall football (1999-2000), for Marshall basketball (2004-2016) and Marshall baseball (2004-2016). Color for high school football at Spring Valley (1999-2008), Cabell Midland (2009-2012) and Huntington (W.Va.) High School (2013-2016).