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Rakeem Cato | Quarterback

Team: Marshall Thundering Herd
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 188

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Marshall senior QB Rakeem Cato completed 17 of 29 attempts for 425 yards, one interception and four touchdowns in the school's 44-14 win over Ohio.
Cato had long touchdown throws of 25 and 77 yards. Cato will likely receive some all star interest during draft season, possible from the East-West Shrine game. Sep 13 - 4:53 PM

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Marshall senior QB Rakeem Cato completed 21 of 33 attempts for 264 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 42-27 win over Miami (OH).

Cato added another rushing touchdown. All three of the quarterback's passing touchdowns were on throws of 11 yards or less. Cato was sacked on multiple occasions out of an empty backfield, and his offensive line allowed pressure almost immediately on a few instances.
Aug 31 - 2:34 PM

CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd touted Marshall senior QB Rakeem Cato as a small-school Heisman candidate.

Dodd's bigger argument is that non-BCS schools (Conference USA, Sun Belt, MAC, Mountain West and American) should have a separate Player of the Year award from the Power 5 conferences. Hawaii's Colt Brennan in 2007 and Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch in 2013 are the only players who have finished higher than fourth in the Heisman voting from outside the Power 5 conferences since 1998. The 6-foot, 188-pound Cato enters his senior season having already thrown for 10,176 yards and 91 touchdowns. He won't win the Heisman this year, but 4,000-plus passing yards and 40-plus throwing touchdowns aren't just realistic -- they are expected.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 7 - 1:27 PM

Marshall senior QB Rakeem Cato reminds CBS Sports' Dane Brugler of "a smaller, not as refined version of Teddy Bridgewater."

"He has fierce competitive heart and has clearly matured since he arrived at Marshall, but the lack of size, inconsistent mechanics and overconfident arm hurt his NFL value. Cato reminds me of a smaller, not as refined version of Teddy Bridgewater," Brugler wrote. Marshall's four-year starter had a solid junior season, finishing with 3,916 passing yards and 45 total touchdowns (39 passing, 6 rushing). The 6-foot, 188 pound Cato, has thrown for more than 8,000 yards over the past two years.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 16 - 4:26 PM

Marshall junior QB Rakeem Cato completed 28-of-44 passes for 337 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Friday's 31-20 Military Bowl victory over Maryland.

Cato and future NFL TE Gator Hoskins (six receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns) shredded Maryland's porous secondary. NFL.com's Gil Brandt wrote earlier this year that Cato "reminds me a little bit of Russell Wilson." Cato is sub 6-foot and sub 200-pounds, but his arm is strong enough that he could be given an NFL look after next season. Cato, who has thrown for more than 8,000 yards over the past two seasons, will be one of the nation's best non-BCS players in 2014.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 06:13:00 PM

Marshall junior QB Rakeem Cato completed 33-of-58 passes for 456 yards, five touchdowns and one interception in Thursday's 45-34 victory over Tulsa.

Marshall overcame five turnovers (four fumbles) to complete a fourth quarter comeback. Cato has passed for more than 215 yards in every contest this season and thrown for at least three touchdown passes in four consecutive games. Cato is sub 6-foot and sub 200-pounds, but his arm is strong enough that he could be given an NFL look after next season. At 5-1, Marshall is now tied for first place in the Conference USA East Division with East Carolina.
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 11:43:00 PM

Marshall junior QB Rakeem Cato completed 14-of-20 passes for 276 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's 56-14 blowout of UAB.

The Thundering Herd improve to 6-3; 4-1 in Conference USA. Cato has passed for more than 215 yards and thrown for at least one touchdown in all nine games. He's posted a pretty 23/6 TD/INT in 2013. NFL.com's Gil Brandt wrote earlier this year that Cato "reminds me a little bit of Russell Wilson." Cato is sub 6-foot and sub 200-pounds, but his arm is strong enough that he could be given an NFL look after next season.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 07:36:00 PM

Marshall junior QB Rakeem Cato completed 19-of-35 passes for 235 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Thursday's wild 51-49 loss to Middle Tennessee State.

Cato and the Thundering Herd stormed back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter before Logan Kilgore hit Tavarres Jefferson with a nine-yard touchdown strike as the clock expired. Marshall had a reason to gripe, however: The referees called the game after the touchdown instead of making MTSU attempt an extra point. If Marshall had blocked the kick and returned it the other way, they could have forced overtime.
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 12:07:00 AM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt wrote that Marshall junior QB Rakeem Cato "reminds me a little bit of Russell Wilson."

"But I don't think he's as good as the Seahawks quarterback," Brandt wrote of the sub 6-foot Cato. "He moves around a lot and has a strong arm. He's a guy right now that would definitely be drafted if he were to come out (he's a true junior). Definitely is a prospect, but it would be smart for him to stay in school with all the quarterbacks coming out this year." Brandt doesn't rank underclassmen this early in the season, but he believes Alabama's A.J. McCarron is the No. 1 senior quarterback, followed by Stephen Morris, Tajh Boyd, Aaron Murray and David Fales.
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 02:44:00 PM

Marshall’s Rakeem Cato threw for 224 yards and 2 TDs in a 20-10 St. Petersburg Bowl win over Florida International.

Cato’s 35-yard TD pass to Aaron Dobson on fourth down with 30 seconds remaining sealed the win. Cato completed 27-of-39 passes for 226 yards and 2/1. He finished his freshman season throwing for 2,059 yards and 15/11.
Wed, Dec 21, 2011 10:44:00 AM