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Andrew Ramspacher: Holliday says QB race to be cut to two

Aug. 11, 2011 @ 12:09 AM

HUNTINGTON -- If you come to Marshall football practice from now through Saturday, you'll see them all get their shot.

Rakeem Cato. Blake Frohnapfel. Eddie Sullivan. A.J. Graham.

If you stop by next week, you'll see that foursome cut in half.

It's nearing depth chart-making time in Thundering Herd camp.

"We have to make some decisions," said head coach Doc Holliday. "If you try to make all four of them ready ... We have about a couple more days and we have to start narrowing things down a little bit because those guys need reps and they need every other rep at some point.

"So we'll probably go like we are now, for probably at least until Saturday and then after Saturday we'll get it down to two and go play."

Saturday will be the first scrimmage of fall camp.

If Wednesday was any indication, those top two might be the newbies.

The signal caller rotation in 11-on-11 drills went Cato, Frohnapfel, Sullivan and Graham.

Cato's day was somewhat hurt by a rough outing for the receivers. At one point, the freshman from Miami, Fla., fell to the Joan C. Edwards Stadium turf in disbelief moments after Jazz King dropped an easy come-backer toward the right sideline.

Cato's best toss was a nice drop-in to Jermaine Kelson for about an 18-yard gain. Cato rolled right, stopped, planted and found Kelson in between Tyson Gale and Lawrence Johnson.

With the first team, he was joined by Tron Martinez at running back.

Travon Van ran the second-team with Frohnapfel.

"Competition, like I've mentioned before, is a great thing," Holliday said. "We have about four or five guys there (running back) that are competing. All the way down to Remi (Watson), who's just a freshman, they all have the ability to play.

"So it's important to keep pushing each other and they've done a nice job with that."

SCHEDULE: There are three changes to the practice schedule.

For the morning sessions of Thursday, Monday and Wednesday's practices, the Herd will start at 8:45 a.m., rather than the previously noted 9:15 a.m. go.

HERD POINTS: With Aaron Dobson still out with a hamstring injury, Wayne Bonner took his spot as the X receiver on the first team. ... Freshman safety Keith Baxter, recently inserted after missing last week because of a death in the family, made an interception off of Frohnapfel. ... Receivers coach Gerad Parker had a long, not-so-quiet meeting with his players following Wednesday's case of the dropsies. ... Among the blue, no-contact jersey wearers was the starting safety tandem of Omar Brown and Devin Arrington. Holliday said neither injury was serious.

SEASON TICKETS: In less than a month, Marshall's 2011 home opener takes place against Southern Miss at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Season tickets are on sale at the Marshall ticket office, located inside the Cam Henderson Center.

Also, there will be a Choose-A-Seat Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which will run in correlation with Marshall's opening intrasquad scrimmage.

QB CLUB: Marshall's Quarterback Club is commemorating its 25th anniversary in 2011 at the Quarterback Club Kickoff Dinner on Aug. 20 in the Don Morris Room at the Memorial Student Center.

For more information, contact John Sutherland in the Big Green office at (304) 696-3230.

Andrew Ramspacher is a sports reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Call him at 304-526-2759, or email him at aramspacher@herald-dispatch.com.



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