HUNTINGTON — When Marshall operating again Brenden Knox begins his skilled profession, he’ll know a minimum of one blocker in entrance of him throughout exercises and apply.
Shortly after the completion of the 2021 NFL Draft, Knox signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys, reuniting him with former Herd offensive sort out Josh Ball, who was taken by the Cowboys within the fourth spherical on Saturday.
Last season, Knox led the Marshall speeding assault with 887 yards and 9 touchdowns in 9 video games.
The Herd’s stalwart at operating again over the past three years, Knox rushed for two,852 yards and 24 touchdowns throughout his profession. The 2,852 yards left him in seventh place in Marshall’s profession marks whereas the 24 speeding touchdowns are thirteenth most in Marshall historical past.
In 2019, Knox was the Conference USA Most Valuable Player after a season by which he rushed for 1,387 yards and 11 touchdowns.
He was a two-time All-Conference USA First Team choice after additionally being chosen in 2020.
Knox was considered one of a number of Marshall gamers to signal UDFA contracts as soon as the draft accomplished on Saturday night.
Linebacker Tavante Beckett, the 2020 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, signed a contract with the Detroit Lions.
The 5-foot-10, 214-pound Chesapeake, Virginia, product might have been undrafted on account of his measurement, however manufacturing has by no means been a difficulty for Beckett.
In two years as a beginning linebacker for the Herd, Beckett compiled 211 tackles, together with 14.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.
Beckett additionally had a nostril for the soccer, accumulating six fumble recoveries and forcing 4 fumbles whereas additionally having one interception.
Three of these fumble recoveries got here in final season’s win at Western Kentucky, together with one which was returned for a landing.
In 2020, Beckett was deemed a Second-Team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America after a 12 months by which he had 90 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 4 fumble recoveries, two pressured fumbles and a pair of.5 sacks.
Despite the questions on his measurement, Beckett was one of many Herd’s most sturdy gamers, beginning all 22 contests for the Herd by which he was accessible.
Beckett was joined in signing contracts by a pair of fellow defensive teammates.
Defensive finish Darius Hodge signed a UDFA deal with the Cincinnati Bengals whereas defensive again Jaylon McClain-Sapp signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Hodge completed with 63 tackles off the sting in 2020 and led Marshall with 9.0 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. In his profession, Hodge had 20.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks as a main disruptor for the Herd.
McClain-Sapp was considered one of Marshall’s most tenured gamers, seeing motion in 38 video games whereas with the Herd. In his profession, he had 67 tackles, 16 cross breakups and two interceptions.