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Marshall Mavs need a team effort to slow down Lee QB, RB

By Nathan Hague
Aug. 30, 2017 at 4 a.m.


In last year's season opener, Marshall's defense went up against a two-headed monster in Tyler Lee's running game as 416 of the Red Raiders' 473 total yards came on the rushing attack. Ladarius Wickware had 32 carries for 200 yards and one touchdown. Chance Amie went 4-for-9 passing for 57 yards and one touchdown while rushing for 126 yards and one touchdown.

Both Wickware and Amie will return this year as Wickware is a junior and Amie is a senior.

"Chance Amie is a dual-threat quarterback who can run and throw," Marshall head coach Claude Mathis said of the Houston commit. "He is as good as it gets."

Mathis added in order to stop Amie and Wickware, the Mavericks will need all hands on deck.

"It's going to take a team effort," Mathis added. "Marje Smith is going to have to step up and play a great game for us, which I know he will. Hopefully we'll get some guys back on defense who will help us out. Our linebacking core is going have to have a great game for us."

That core of linebackers includes Tre Macon and Corteze Hurd who switched from defensive backs.

Friday's game is scheduled to for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Maverick Stadium.

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