Calling out the fans is a risky proposition for any athlete, but a Marshall player couldn’t hold back his true thoughts.
Following the Thundering Herd’s 20-9 loss to JMU on Thursday night, defensive lineman Owen Porter let the fans have it during his postgame press conference. Porter even went as far as to tell the fans to stop showing up if they didn’t change how they’re acting.
“Just because it doesn’t go perfect for either side of the ball, doesn’t mean we’re not working really hard,” Porter told the media.
"That really rubbed me wrong… comin into halftime.. it's 3-0, our offense has started on the one yard line three times, and we boo our team? We boo our quarterback? What is that?"
Owen Porter clearly not happy with the way fans treat quarterback Cam Fancher and the offense. pic.twitter.com/FXCUQWoN3E
— Cassidy Wood (@CassidyWoodTV) October 20, 2023
He then offered an explanation of what he’s referring to. “That really rubbed me wrong. Comin’ into halftime, it’s 3-0, our offense has started on the one-yard line three times, and we boo our team? We boo our quarterback? What is that?,” said a visibly frustrated Porter.
“If you’re a fan of our football team and you’re going to boo us coming in at half time, don’t come to the game.”
Marshall did finally find the end zone in the fourth quarter. As for quarterback Cam Fancher, who Porter was defending, he finished the game completing 17 of 30 passes for 173 yards. He also threw an interception.
JMU moved to a perfect 7-0 with the win and the Herd fell to 4-3, losing for the third straight game.
Life won’t get any easier for Marshall and their fans next week. The Herd will travel to Coastal Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 28. Kickoff is set for 6 pm ET and the game will be televised on NFL Network.
For another Marshall story from this season, the Herd were reprimanded by the Sun Belt Conference in September.
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