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Marshall senior QB Rakeem Cato completed 17-of-31 passes for 210 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Saturday's 48-17 thrashing of Akron.

Cato uncharacteristically struggled through the air -- this was the first time since October 12, 2013 that he didn't throw for at least two touchdowns, and he hadn't been held below 215 passing yards since 2011 -- so the Thundering Herd kept the ball on the ground and absolutely gutted Akron, rushing for 284 yards on 38 attempts (Cato himself had four carries for 23 yards and a pair of scores). Marshall has struggled in recent years on the road, but it's possible they've corrected their aversions to hotels, as this was the school's second road blowout of 2014. The Herd should be favored in every game left, but even a 13-0 finish and Conference USA Championship Game victory probably won't get them into the College Football Playoff.
Sep 20 - 6:26 PM

Speaking to NFL.com, an NFL personnel executive said Marshall senior QB Rakeem Cato "makes people around him better and keeps adding to his game over the years."

"He said Cato will surprise you with his feet, too," the site added. The 6-foot, 188-pound Cato entered his senior season having already thrown for 10,176 yards and 91 touchdowns. He hasn't slowed down: Cato threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-14 win versus Ohio over the weekend. "With smaller quarterbacks having success and more opportunities in the NFL, Cato is coming along at the right time," NFL.com wrote. "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."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 18 - 6:29 PM

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

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 redshirt sophomore S A.J. Leggett has "flashed why he was so highly rated out of high school" while a member of the Thundering Herd, observes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Leggett has embarked on a circuitous journey to find himself on the NFL's radar. He 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. Leggett is looking to hold a coming out party in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 19 - 9:40 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

Dolphins signed Marshall TE Gator Hoskins.

Hoskins (6-foot-1 5/8, 253) was a prolific red-zone receiver for the Thundering Herd, turning 99 career receptions into 1,318 yards (13.3 YPR) and 28 touchdowns, including 15 scores as a senior. Hoskins ran 4.73 at the Marshall Pro Day, adding a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump. A movable H-back type in the mold of new teammate Charles Clay, Hoskins will have to be used creatively by the Dolphins coaching staff to maximize his pass-catching tools. He's not an in-line tight end.
May 11 - 2:58 PM

Seahawks selected Marshall G/T Garrett Scott with the No. 199 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Scott (6-foot-5, 310) was a three-year starter at tackle for the Thundering Herd, hauling in second-team All-Conference honors from coaches in each of the last two seasons. He has the versatility to play inside at guard, but the Seahawks are looking for tackle depth. Russell Okung is coming off another injury, this time surgery on his foot. Scott's strength is blocking in a straight line.
May 10 - 4:57 PM

Marshall T Garrett Scott has had five team visits and has recently worked out for the Chargers and Seahawks, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

The five team visits Scott has had are with the Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cincinnati Bengals. The 6-foot-5, 307 pound prospect, could offer a team some positional versatility, as Scott can also slip inside and play guard. Scott is projected to go anywhere from the middle to late rounds of the draft.
Apr 29 - 4:17 PM

Marshall T Garrett Scott worked out for the Chargers this week, according to Aaron Wilson.

Scott has previously visited the Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is one of our favorite third day offensive lineman and is listed among Josh Norris' top 150 prospects.
Apr 23 - 11:30 AM

Marshall senior TE Gator Hoskins caught six passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 31-20 win over Maryland.

Hoskins is a very intriguing Joker/H-back talent in the mold of Charles Clay. We don't see him as a traditional inline tight end, but expect teams to move Hoskins around the formation. The senior recorded 50 catches for 821 yards and 15 touchdowns this year.
Sat, Dec 28, 2013 11:07:00 AM

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 and Maryland will play in the Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman on Dec. 27.

Marshall tight end Gator Hoskins projects as a Joker or H-back type receiver in the NFL. Maryland linebacker Marcus Whitfield is another worth watching.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 05:10:00 PM

Marshall senior TE Gator Hoskins caught four passes for 26 yards and a touchdown int he school's 59-28 win over ECU.

Hoskins has hauled in 13 touchdowns this season and remains one of the top H-back/Joker options in the country. he doesn't receiver a lot of credit, but expect Hoskins to earn a Shrine or Senior Bowl invitation.
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 05:23:00 PM


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