Chuck Landon: Cato gives breakdown on Herd's QB lineup
People around town keep asking the same three, ever-so-popular questions.
No. 1: Who is going to be Marshall's new head basketball coach?
No. 2: Is it ever going to quit snowing?
No. 3: Who is going to be Marshall's new backup quarterback?
Here are the answers.
No. 1, I don't know. But I do know the name of a popular candidate who isn't going to be hired. Namely, Kevin Keatts. The former MU assistant and current associate coach at the University of Louisville has accepted another head coaching job, according to informed sources.
No. 2, I really don't think so.
No. 3, I'm going to defer to someone who knows a lot more about Marshall's corps of quarterbacks than I do. The Herd football fans in the audience may have heard of him.
A guy by the name of Rakeem Cato.
There's nobody better suited to offer an analysis of the three candidates for the backup job than Marshall's veteran starting quarterback.
So, Rakeem, how about handicapping the race for us?
First, Gunnar Holcombe, 6-foot-3, 199-pound redshirt sophomore.
"I think Holcombe has the strongest arm out of all of us -- including me," said Cato, after the first spring practice Tuesday at Edwards Stadium. "He is great at what he does.
"But he still has to find more consistency. He has to be more consistent at what he does. And he's not a runner. But that's probably the only problems that I see, looking at him as a player.
"I love his arm. All he has to do is control it."
Next, Kevin Anderson, 6-2, 212-pound redshirt freshman.
"Anderson is a thick guy. ... a runner-type guy," said Cato, who is heading into his fourth season as Marshall's starting quarterback. "He is perfect for the offense.
"Medium throws down the field. ... five-yard, 10-yard throws downfield. He also can run the ball real good. He fits the offense real well."
Finally, there's Cole Garvin, 6-1, 203-pound true freshman, who graduated early from Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga., and enrolled at Marshall at the semester so he could participate in spring practice.
"I like Cole," said Cato. "He does everything technique-wise. I saw that in the weight room. ... even when we weren't out here on the field.
"In the weight room, he did everything to perfection. He tries to perfect everything the coach tells him to do. He's just a perfectionist type of guy.
"I think he's got a good shot."
Talk about an informed opinion.
Considering the 6-1, 181-pound Cato has completed 886 of 1,387 passes for 10,176 yards and 91 touchdowns while leading the Herd to two bowl victories in three years, he just might know what he's talking about.
So, let's review.
One candidate has a big arm. Another fits Marshall's fast-paced, spread like his inseam was tailored for that particular offense. And the rookie in the race is very coachable and has an eye for detail.
That's a concisely-worded rundown on Marshall's backup quarterback sweepstakes, courtesy of Cato.
Perhaps, local meteorologists Spencer Adkins and Tony Cavalier should ask Cato for some help, too.
It couldn't hurt.
Chuck Landon is a sports columnist for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at email@example.com.
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