Logan High School’s Zac Acord is getting a shot at the next level.
Acord, a graduated senior wide receiver on the Logan football team, has been invited to walk on this fall at Marshall University.
Acord only played one year of varsity football at Logan but made the most of it as he caught 72 passes for 1,080 yards for the Wildcats last season. He also caught 10 touchdown passes.
Acord has also been named to play in the East-West All-Star Classic Football Game on Aug. 1 at Mingo Central High School’s Buck Harless Stadium.
The former Wildcat will team up with his Logan teammates Jeremiah Spears and quarterback Ryan Miller with the West All-Stars. Chapmanville Regional High School’s Zac Casto, Michael Hall and Austin Kirk have also been named to play for the West.
Logan coach Gary Mullins said he’s happy Acord is getting a chance to play at the Division I level.
“The biggest thing when you are going as a walk on is that you’ve got to be tough and have a great work ethic,” Mullins said. “You have to be able to work as hard or harder than everybody else because you have got to prove yourself. I think that Zac fits in all of those categories. He’s an extremely hard worker. He’s been coming into the weight room working out some. He’s gotten bigger and we’re looking forward to him going down there.”
Acord was Miller’s top target last season for the Wildcats. Miller, who signed recently with the University of Charleston, was Logan’s record-breaking quarterback last year. He passed for a school-record 2,455 yards and completed 160-of-312 passes for 51.3 percent. Miller also tossed 24 touchdowns.
Acord was able to make several spectacular catches last fall for Logan and was one of the bright spots in an overall gloomy 2-8 season by the Cats. The speedy Acord was able to break several catches for long gainers or touchdowns.
“He’s so fast,” Mullins said of Acord. “He only played one year with us but he learned our system very fast, almost immediately. He didn’t have any trouble catching on. In the game of football, it takes a lot of guys a long time to learn to understand the speed of the game but it didn’t take him very long to get to that point. He’s got a good work ethic.”
Mullins said he wished he would have had Acord for four years on the football team.
“There’s no doubt that he could have had a lot more yards had he played more years,” he said.
Marshall and head coach Doc Holliday are coming off a very successful 2014 season.
The Thundering Herd won the Conference USA champioinship, then soundly beat Mid-American Conference champion Northern Illinois 52-23 in the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl in Boca Raton, Fla.
Marshall finished 13-1 and closed out the season ranked No. 22 in the nation in the coaches poll and 23rd in the Associated Press poll.
The Herd beat Louisiana Tech, 26-23, in last year’s C-USA title game. The only loss was a 67-66 overtime setback at home to Western Kentucky late in the season.
Marshall has a marquee 2015 season opener, a Sept. 6 home clash against Purdue. It’s the first time the Herd has hosted a team from the Big Ten Conference in Huntington. The game has a 3 p.m. kickoff and will be televised nationally by Fox Sports One.
“You knew as soon as they got Doc Holliday that he would turn them around,” Mullins said of the Herd. “He’s always been a great recruiter and now they are getting some great athletes over there. It looks like they are going to keep on getting better and better each year.”
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).