Things are looking up for this week, however.
“All of our running backs (Stacy Cummings, Braylon Parish, Lekendrick Anderson and Thacker) are healthy this week,” Taber said. “With Thacker out last week that hurt us and our rotation.”
Taber said that it is critical that the Tribe establish a running game each week.
“'Til we get our running game going we are going to struggle,” Taber said.
Some of Taber's frustration in his team's off night running the ball last week were centered on the shoulders of the offensive line.
“We don't have the big kids up front like the rest of the schools do,” he commented. “When you have 6-foot-2, 200-pound lineman you have to take the best angles and get the push off of the ball and we're not doing that right now and that makes it hard on the running backs to find a lane to run it.”
Taber said that extra time has been spent in practice this week in an attempt to clean some things up on the O-line.
Marshall's struggles have taken place on both sides of the ball as the Mavs have been outscored by an average of 47-11 in the first month of the season — by comparison Jacksonville has lost its first-four games by an average of 50-26.
After giving up 330 yards and five touchdowns via the air to Pat Mahomes and Whitehouse last week, the Mav defenders will certainly have to show improvement in that area against a Tribe team that has demonstrated the ability to effectively move the ball through the air behind quarterback Carter McCown and receivers Claude Franklin, Cast Cleaver and Trent Sansom. .
Offensively Marshall averages just 235 total yards a game, with 135 of that coming from the team's passing game.