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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

Marshall senior QB Rakeem Cato completed 25-of-46 passes for 308 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 26-23 victory versus Louisiana Tech.

The Herd rallied with 10 fourth-quarter points to put away the Bulldogs, who led for most of the game. Cato's completion percentage is down for a third straight year, but his Yards Per Attempt average has jumped from 7.85 to 8.75 as Marshall has gotten more aggressive in throwing downfield. The 6-foot, 188-pounder will enter the NFL as either a late Day 3 pick or a priority UDFA.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 06:09:00 PM

Marshall junior RB Devon Johnson carried the ball four times for 34 yards in the school's 26-23 win over Louisiana Tech.

Johnson entered the game with a shoulder injury and expectedly did not start. After averaging around 18 carries in 10 games this season, Johnson has combined for seven carries in the last two. Hopefully rest before the bowl game allows Marshall's top offensive player to return to full health.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 03:55:00 PM

Marshall redshirt sophomore S A.J. Leggett intercepted a pass in Friday's loss to Western Kentucky.

He now has four interceptions on the year. Leggett has "flashed why he was so highly rated out of high school" while a member of the Thundering Herd, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Leggett signed with Miami as a stud prep recruit, one of the top CBs in the nation, but academics cost him his scholarship. Leggett signed with the Thundering Herd and redshirted in 2012. He started only one game last year, but led the squad with four interceptions.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 03:26:00 PM

Marshall senior QB Rakeem Cato completed 29-of-46 passes for 417 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions in Friday's 67-66 overtime loss to Western Kentucky.

Marshall's perfect season came to a heart-breaking end the day after Thanksgiving in wild fashion. The schools combined for 15 touchdown passes, most in a game involving an FBS team, and the Herd's conference-best defense allowed a school-record 738 yards in the highest-scoring game in Conference USA history. As for Cato, he set a single-game TD pass record and also set the school's career passing yards mark in this one. The 6-foot, 188-pounder will enter the NFL as either a late Day 3 pick or a priority UDFA. "With smaller quarterbacks having success and more opportunities in the NFL, Cato is coming along at the right time," NFL.com wrote earlier this season. "His size will be an issue for some, but Cato will get a much better evaluation because of guys like Russell Wilson and Johnny Manziel than he might have received previously."
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 03:12:00 PM


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