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A Legendary College Football QB Has Passed Away

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The Marshall football community is mourning the loss of a legend tonight. Former Thundering Herd quarterback Reggie Oliver has passed away at 66.

Oliver played quarterback for the Herd from 1971-73. He was the starter for the "Young Thundering Herd" team of 1971, when the program was re-started following the tragic 1970 plane crash that decimated the roster and coaching staff.

Oliver threw for 2,886 yards and 13 touchdowns in his three seasons as a starting QB. He would later return to his alma mater as an assistant coach.

"On behalf of Marshall Athletics, we extend our deepest sympathies to Reggie Oliver's friends and family upon hearing of his recent passing," said Marshall AD Mike Hamrick. "He was one of Marshall's true legends and will be sorely missed by the entire Thundering Herd family."

Our thoughts and prayers are with Oliver's family and friends, as well as the entire Marshall football family.

RIP, Reggie.