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Per ESPN's Mel Kiper, Marshall senior RB Devon Johnson "has relatively quick feet -- he can appear off-balance when he's moving laterally -- and is tough to drop at the second level."

The 243-pounder played tight end for two years before moving to running back last year. He posted 1,767 yards (8.58 per carry) and 17 touchdowns last year even though a shoulder injury limited Johnson to seven carries across three games.
Jul 8 - 5:49 PM

Marshall redshirt sophomore Angelo Jean-Louis is moving from the outside into a slot WR role.

"His talent as a receiver is undeniable. His physical gifts are plentiful," beat writer Derek Redd writes. As a redshirt freshman, Jean-Louis started eight games on the outside and caught 21 passes for 490 yards (23.3 ypc) and six touchdowns. That yards per catch average should drop drastically in the slot, but Jean-Louis could be option No. 2 in this offense behind running back Devon Johnson.
Jun 30 - 10:25 AM

Marshall sophomore WR Deon-Tay McManus has a goal of benching 400 pounds and squatting 570 by the time the season starts.

Don't bet against him. He already bench presses 385 and squats 550. The 6-foot-2, 227-pounder can do 24 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. If he'd done so at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, he would have been the class' strongest wide receiver, finishing with one more rep than Sammie Coates of Auburn. McManus has three years of eligibility remaining.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 23 - 12:18 AM

Marshall senior RB Devon Johnson "will move closer to the spotlight now with [QB Rakeem] Cato gone," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The 243-pounder is a former tight end who moved to running back last year. He took to the new position immediately, posting 1,767 yards (8.58 per carry) and 17 touchdowns. A shoulder injury limited him to seven carries across three games, making the output even more impressive. "Rockhead" will get even more carries in 2015.
Jun 18 - 7:39 PM

Redshirt freshman QB Cole Garvin has decided to transfer from Marshall, according to Metro News' Dave Wilson.

The former 3-star recruit was redshirted last season by Marshall and was unable to challenge for the starting job this year. Junior QB Michael Birdsong was named Marshalls' starter this spring, with junior QB Gunnar Holcombe and freshman QB Chase Litton next on the depth chart. Prior to joining the Thundering Herd, the 6-foot-1, 212-pound Garvin had scholarship offers from UAB, Arkansas State, Charlotte, FIU, Georgia State, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, South Alabama, Southern Mississippi and Western Kentucky.
Source: Metro News
May 8 - 2:28 PM

Marshall indefinitely suspends senior RB Steward Butler.

The Marshall prospect was arrested and charged with two counts of battery after allegedly beating two gay men, moments after witnessing them kiss in public a month ago. Butler got out of his vehicle and shouted homosexual slurs at the men and punched them in the face. The Marshall runningback has recorded 295 carries for 2,063 yards, and posted 18 touchdowns during his three years with the Thundering Herd. There is a possibility that Butler could be expelled from the university.
May 6 - 2:21 PM

Marshall lists redshirt junior Michael Birdsong as the school's starting QB.

Birdsong is a former James Madison transfer and has spent time behind Rakeem Cato since 2013. Birdsong stands 6'5/239 lbs and will likely be handing the ball off to Devon Johnson very frequently.
May 6 - 11:33 AM

Patriots selected Marshall CB Darryl Roberts with the No. 247 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Roberts is the second best athlete among defensive backs in this class. He ran a 4.36 forty with outstanding jumps and even posted 28 bench press reps. He could be viewed as a developmental talent, but we like Roberts' tape and skills. He made 42 career starts.
May 2 - 6:25 PM

Marshall CB Darryl Roberts visited the Chiefs and has worked out for the 49ers and Packers, according to Aaron Wilson.

Roberts is one of the best athletes in this entire draft, not just at his position. He measures in right around 6-feet tall, which will let him clear a number of minimums teams have for height at the position. Because of these measurables, a selection as early as the third round is possible.
Apr 11 - 9:49 AM

Marshall QB Rakeem Cato didn't receive a combine invite.

The 6-foot, 188-pounder has been one of the nation's elite playmakers over the past four seasons, throwing 131 touchdown passes, tied for fourth-most in FBS history. n 2014, Cato threw for 3,901 yards and put up an impressive 40/13 TD/INT ratio. Because of his diminutive frame, he'll have to enter the NFL as either a late Day 3 pick or a priority UDFA. Mel Kiper ranks him as the No. 10 QB.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 7 - 8:16 PM

Marshall QB Rakeem Cato made his debut at No. 10 on Mel Kiper's QB rankings.

Cato's inclusion is based less on merit and more on the removal of Connor Cook (Michigan State) and Cody Kessler (USC), who both elected to return to campus. "This isn't a very good class," Kiper wrote of the signal-callers. "No way around it." In 2014, Cato threw for 3,901 yards and put up an impressive 40/13 TD/INT ratio. He projects as a late Day 3 pick or UDFA.
Jan 31 - 3:46 PM

Marshall senior QB Rakeem Cato completed 5-of-10 passes for 31 yards and no touchdowns in Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

As with most of these All-Star contests, there's not a ton to parse from the numbers. Cato worked mostly in dink-and-dunk territory, as his long only went for 13 yards. He also added four carries for 16 yards. In 2014, Cato threw for 3,901 yards and put up an impressive 40/13 TD/INT ratio. While Cato clearly has the ability to lead a prolific college offense, there are questions about how his size will transition to the next level. Cato measures out at just 6-foot, 188 pounds. He projects as a Day 3 pick at best. If he's not selected, he should still find a place on a squad as an UDFA.
Jan 18 - 5:16 PM

Marshall junior RB Devon Johnson (shoulder) carried the ball 15 times for 131 yards and a touchdown in Tuesday's Boca Raton Bowl triumph against Northern Illinois.

A shoulder injury put Johnson's availability in question, but the big junior (6-foot-1, 243 pounds) gave it a go and put a hurting on the Huskies. He ends the season with 1,767 rushing yards and 19 total touchdowns. The workhorse will be the focal point of Marshall's Rakeem Cato-less offense in 2015.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 09:56:00 PM

Marshall senior QB Rakeem Cato completed 25-of-37 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns in Tuesday's 52-23 victory versus Northern Illinois in the Boca Raton Bowl.

He also ran for 25 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Cato had the Thundering Herd offense humming in his last collegiate game, hitting open receivers (specifically Tommy Shuler) and avoiding mistakes (Marshall had zero turnovers). Cato threw for 3,901 yards and a 40/13 TD/INT ratio on a 59-percent completion percentage in 2014. The 6-foot, 188-pounder has been one of the nation's elite playmakers over the past few seasons, but he'll have to enter the NFL as either a late Day 3 pick or a priority UDFA.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 09:43:00 PM

After missing snaps due to a shoulder injury, Marshall junior RB Devon Johnson says he is ready for the school's bowl game against NIU on Tuesday.

The best part about the break between schools' final games and bowl contests is it allows for players to recover from injuries. Johnson is a do-everything workhorse for the Thundering Herd, producing 1,636 rushing yards on 191 carries.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 11:20:00 AM


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