Marshall Thundering Herd head coach Doc Holliday has named junior transfer Michael Birdsong as the team’s starting quarterback of the spring, according to a post by John Taylor of NBC Sports’ College Football Talk.
A transfer from James Madison University of the FCS, Birdsong beat out three teammates for the starting quarterback’s position: junior Gunnar Holcombe and freshmen Chase Litton and Cole Garvin.
Holliday addressed the decision and was blunt about how it was nowhere near permanent.
“Michael Birdsong is our No. 1 quarterback,” Holliday said. “Now, it’s up to him to keep the job through the summer conditioning and August camp, but he’s shown us he can do what we want and what we need.”
Birdsong replaces four-year starter Rakeem Cato, who ended his Marshall career with a school-record 14,079 pass yards and an incredible touchdown-to-interception ratio of 131:44.
Cato also set a new record in completing a touchdown pass in 46 consecutive games, shattering the record set by Russell Wilson, and finished school with a career record of 35-18.
Needless to say, Birdsong has some big shoes to fill.
Marshall finished 2014 with a record of 13-1, winning the Conference USA championship and defeating Northern Illinois in the Boca Raton Bowl. It was the program’s best season since going undefeated under Bo Pruett in 1999.
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