Herd Downs Catamounts

The 2011 season saw the Herd struggle on offense throughout the season. Marshall was starting a true freshman quarterback, Rakeem Cato, and could not generate a running attack, passing attack, or points. Even with a stable of running backs, Marshall's first rushing touchdown came over half way through the season from a quarterback, the now departed AJ Graham.

Points, yards, sustained drives, and explosive plays are not coming as difficult thus far in the 2012 campaign. Marshall beat the Western Carolina Catamounts 52 to 24 this past Saturday, and in doing so, racked up over 600 total yards of offense, eclipsing the 500 yard mark in consecutive games for the first time since the Bob Pruett era.

Cato led the attack with 377 passing yards and three touchdowns. This brings his season total to 790 yards and five touchdowns against only one interception. Cato is completing nearly 73% of his passes and is averaging 395 yards per game.

Aaron Dobson led all receivers for the Herd with 9 catches, Antavious Wilson led with 98 receiving yards. Cato completed passes to twelve different players. Steward Butler led the team in rushing, becoming the second true freshman to lead the team in rushing in the first two games, Kevin Grooms led the team last week. Butler had 60 yards on only 8 carries. Grooms tallied 47 yards on 12 carries. Butler had his first collegiate touchdown, as did redshirt freshman Remi Watson. As a team the Herd rushed for 221 yards.

The game didn't give Herd fans a whole lot to go on as the Catamounts were clearly the inferior team on the field. Marshall was able to move the ball at will, and stopped the Catamounts from scoring until the game was decided. The fourth quarter was played by players way down on the depth chart, in fact, at one point late in the game, Marshall had 6 walk ons, or former walk ons on the field at one time on offense, plus true freshman Devon Johnson. Those players were Grady Kerr, James Allen, Trevor Mendleson, Damion Garrett, Joe Woodrum, and Essray Taliaferro.

Some Notes:

Devon Johnson is wearing number 47 and playing offense now, he appears to be the number one full back. He has always wore number 47, but so did now fellow running back Kevin Rodriquez. I would assume Rodriquez would be changing jersey numbers soon since they are both on the same side of the football.

A.J. Leggett will be using his redshirt season this year. Leggett suffered a shoulder injury during fall camp and will be held out. Currently Marshall is ok at the cornerback position with sophomore Keith Baxter and juniors Monterius Lovett and Derrick Thomas. One would assume this move would also mean that junior Darryl Roberts may be soon to come back from his ankle injury.

D.J. Hunter got the start. It is being shown as starting in place of outside linebacker Raheem Waiters, but it really just appeared to be more of a hybrid linebacker/nickel type of a position. Whatever the case, it is great to see the staff doing all they can to get this incredibly talented athlete no the field. Hunter ended the game with 6 tackles.

In addition to Matt Cincotta, Butler, Grooms and punter Tyler Williams, two more players had redshirts removed this weekend. Safety Shawn Samuels and the aforementioned fullback, Johnson. Johnson did not carry the ball, but had multiple effective blocks in opening up holes late in the game. Samuels ended with two or three tackles. The official stats show Remi Watson with 3 tackles, those could be Samuels as they wear the same number.

Armonze Daniel saw his first significant playing time in his career. Daniel, wearing number 13, tallied 3 tackles.

Steve Dillon played but did not record a stat.

Evan McKlevey led the Herd in tackles with 10, which included 1.5 tackles for loss.

Devin Arrington had an interception that he returned for a touchdown. Later in the game Lovett had a pass hit him in the hands which most likely would have resulted in another pick six for the Herd as there was no one out in front.

Froh to Froh?? Blake Frohnapfel throws his first career touchdown pass to his twin brother Eric.

Dominick LeGrande leads the team in tackles with 20 on the season.

Brandon Sparrow and Jeremiah Taylor have the teams only sacks on the season. This is, however, not a direct sign of the inability of the defensive line to get penetration. This is a sign of playing two quarterbacks who did not hold onto the football very long at all.

The pre game Players "Walk" has a new path this year. It is not that different however. As the busses come down 20th street towards the stadium, they are stopping at the first entrance, rather than coming to the second entrance. The walk then goes straight up to the sidewalk in front of the stadium. They then turn, and walk towards the Shewey Building.

The Huntington chapter of the quarterback club luncheon will be held at Guyan Country Club this Thursday and not at Pullman Plaza.

Marshall returns to action as they Battle for the Bell that was lost last season against Ohio. This time, the game is at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 6:30pm No TV for this contest.

Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com as we update you throughout game week. We also should have a list of recruits making official visits this weekend later on in the week. Stay tuned.

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