IRVING, Texas — Backing up his league MVP season in 2012, Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato was named Conference USA’s 2013 Offensive Player of the Year.

Cato has put together a stellar 2013 season even as the offense evolved into a more balanced attack with the emergence of tailback Essray Taliaferro and the running game. Cato is fourth in the country and leads C-USA with 36 touchdown passes. That ranks fourth in Marshall history, three behind the all-time mark set by Chad Pennington in 1997.

A junior in his third season as a starter, Cato has thrown for 3,579 yards and completed 59 percent of his pass attempts. He has also rushed for 279 yards and six touchdowns for The Herd.

With Cato running the offense, The Herd is once again one of the top scoring offenses in the country—ranking seventh in FBS scoring 43 points per game and 13th in total offense (503.2 yards).

Marshall closes the season against Maryland in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27.

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Comments

  • Mountaineer fanatic

    I love the Mountaineers, however, I also want the best for Marshall. It would be great to see them beat Maryland. I picked them to win in bowl mania. Go Herd

  • Jdawg

    Cato is gonna transfer to wvu to play with the big boyZzzzzzz!!

  • Brett

    In my opinion, Cato didn’t get 1st team because Marshall was more of a balanced team this year than last and Cato was a team player. Marshall and East Carolina had really good offensive stats. Carden had slightly better offensive PASSING numbers than Cato. There can only be one 1st team guy and he had better numbers so it went to Carden. THAT SAID, Marshall ranked 19th in the country in rushing offense and Cato finished 10th in the country with passing yards. East Carolina ranked 101st in the country in rushing offense and Shane Carden ranked 6th in passing yards. Marshall was balanced, East Carolina was not, so Carden LOOKED better on paper. Just my two cents.

    • Interesting123

      Besides that how many games did Cato not even play in the 4th quarter because of a lopsided score?

      • mauldawg

        MUs SOS was something like 105 out of 124. That speaks loudly.

        • mauldawg

          GBR SOS Rankings Sorry I miss typed make that 111 of 125.

          • Brett

            And how did that compare to East Carolina?

  • Sour Grapes

    Funny thing Larry, I remember a few years ago listening to the radio on the way home from WVU - Marshall game, they asked WV player I believe it was Forman what he thought about Randy Moss and he replied he's ok probably be fourth string for us....So it's kinda hard to listen to you people judge talent....just saying!

    • hailey

      I guess win you actually WIN it gives you a lot more right to speak, sounds like sour grapes to me.
      No question Cato was the best player in the league, without him Marshall wins 4 games, the guy is money

    • Larry

      I said nothing about talent.

    • mauldawg

      Your right talent wins out!! 12-0 !!

  • ron51

    justin you must have slipped and bumped your head

  • Interesting123

    He should have won conference MVP. Go Herd!!

  • richard

    I just hope and pray they don't ask him to make a speech. I don't even think he speaks English.

    • Larry

      Interesting that you mention that, I have found the speech of most Marshall athletes is incomprehensible.

      • Richard

        South central regional jail speech, I guess.

        • Larry

          Actually, it's South Floridaese.

          • Jason

            Yep...Doc found him and Geno Smith in the same area.

        • Interesting123

          Travis Bell I didnt know you posted over here

          • hailey

            So when does Bell transfer to Marshall?... Pizza delivery guys beware

          • Interesting123

            At least they were smart enough not to wear their team issued sweat pants to commit the crime.

      • Interesting123

        I guess when you're sitting home for the holidays this is all you have to say.

  • justin

    paul millard wouldve been offensive player of the year in the C-USA Conference!

    • Brett

      You can keep Paul Millard. MU has two fine QBs.

    • Jason

      Paul Millard would be 4th string at Marshall. (Actually, there are 2 high school programs in WV he probably would not have started for this year, and that is not sarcasm)

    • Bullhalsey

      Who is Paul Millard?

  • mauldawg

    As you know I'm not a MU fan. However that being said some explain. Rakeem Cato Offensive play of the year in the C-USA, and 2nd team QB. That just doesn't make since.

    • Gilbert Gnarley

      That's "an MU", "someone", and "sense".

      • Jason

        No. It doesn't add up. Those accolades are all political. They don't hold much water anyway, only thing that matters is winning games.

      • mauldawg

        That would be "who gives a crap" and "you are a idiot". This is for sports talk not an English class.

        • Gilbert Gnarley

          Sorry, but I just wanted to correct your grammar and spelling. The proper use of one's words gives your opinions more credence. It's what separates your ordinary, run-of-the-mill Herd Haters or anti-WVU posters from impartial observers. The reckless framing of words can lead to the stereotyping of a particular fan base, whether those fans wear Green or Blue and Gold.

          "Sports talk" doesn't give one license to sound unintelligent, no more than the criticism of M.U. athlete-speak posted on this particular article. All athletic programs have players that could use diction lessons. We should expect no less from the fan base.

          It's better to keep them guessing rather than removing any doubt.

          I just wanted to point that out to you.

          • mauldawg

            Thanks but I don't need help from someone like you. I would rather be myself then get help from a stuck up know it all like you.

          • Jason

            ok, fair enough Mauldawg, this isn't English class it is sports talk. In regards to sports IQ then, I noticed the other day when a sports writer mentioned MU's bowl record, you asked "how many of those bowls were division I?" My question to you would then be, what other division offers bowls?

    • Roger

      Agreed. How does the second team QB become the most outstanding offensive player in the conference? I guess "outstanding" isn't what it used to be. Pretty screwed up if you ask me.

      • Steve

        This is just a guess, but was one a media award, and the other voted on by coaches?