Cato adds to watch lists
HUNTINGTON -- Marshall Thundering Herd football player Rakeem Cato added to his list of preseason accolades Friday.
Cato, the Herd junior quarterback, was named to the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award Watch List by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Walter Camp, who died in 1925, was a football player, coach and sports writer who established the earliest All-American teams. Cato was one of 50 student-athletes named to the list.
The Miami native was previously placed on watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and College Football Performance Award.
Cato was the Conference USA Most Valuable Player last season when he led the nation in completions (406) and passing yards per game (350.1) while throwing for 37 touchdowns.
Marshall is represented by 18 players on various preseason award watch lists, All-American projections and All-Conference USA squads.
The following list was compiled by the Marshall Sports Information office.
Award Watch Lists
Walter Camp Player of the Year Award: Rakeem Cato, QB.
Biletnikoff Award: Tommy Shuler, WR
Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award: Cato.
Maxwell Award (top player): Cato
John Mackey Award: Gator Hoskins, TE
Ray Guy Award: Tyler Williams, P
College Football Performance Awards: Cato; Hoskins; Shuler; Jeremiah Taylor, DE; Jermaine Holmes, LB; Justin Haig, PK; Williams.
BeyondSportsNetwork.com: Shuler, honorable mention.
All-Conference USA Teams
C-USA coaches: Cato (also Offensive Player of the Year); Shuler; Hoskins; Williams.
Phil Steele's Preview: First team -- Cato; Shuler; Hoskins; Chris Jasperse, C; Taylor; D.J. Hunter, S; Williams. Second team -- Devon Smith, WR; Holmes. Third team -- Kevin Grooms, RB; Gage Niemeyer, OT; Alex Bazzie, DE. Fourth team -- Josh Lovell, OG; Brandon Sparrow, DT; Kent Turene, LB; Derrick Thomas, CB.
Athlon Sports: First team -- Cato; Shuler; Hoskins; Jasperse; Sparrow; Williams. Second team -- Jordan Jeffries, OT; Bazzie.
Lindy's Sports: First team -- Cato (also Offensive Player of Year); Hoskins; Bazzie. Second team -- Shuler; Jeffries; Grooms; Holmes; Hunter; Williams.
CollegeSportsMadness.com: First team -- Cato (also Offensive Player of Year); Hoskins; Jeffries. Second team -- Shuler; Taylor; Hunter; Williams. Third team -- Jasperse; Bazzie; Holmes.
BleacherReport.com: First team -- Cato; Hoskins; Williams. Honorable mention -- Shuler; Jeffries.
CollegeFootballUniverse.com: First team -- Cato; Shuler; Hoskins; Jasperse; Williams. Honorable mention -- Grooms, Taylor, Hunter.
Bloguin.com: First team -- Cato; Shuler; Hoskins; Holmes; Hunter.
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