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Herd players have seen tougher times

Nov. 16, 2012 @ 12:02 AM

HUNTINGTON — Marshall University quarterback Rakeem Cato and his best buddy, wide receiver Tommy Shuler, walked into player interviews this week together.

It’s the same as they’ve done pretty much every week since the season started. As usual, both were smiling and laughing as they greeted the media throng.

But, wait.

They were supposed to act different.

They were supposed to be feeling the pressure of the Thundering Herd’s situation, which is win two consecutive football games to end the season and advance to a bowl game.

They were supposed to be angry because a promising season was now on the brink of letdown.

They were supposed to be fidgety and nervous and scared to answer questions, right?


These two guys from Miami, Fla., have seen bigger pressure situations, and winning back-to-back football games? Well, that’s simply not one of them in their eyes.

“Man, where we come from, this is nothing,” Shuler said. “Pressure is when someone doesn’t have food every day and they have to find food or they don’t have money to provide food. I feel like this isn’t pressure. This is good. We’ll go out and play hard and show that we want it.”

Houston visits Marshall for a noon, Saturday, clash in Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Both teams are 4-6 for the season and 3-3 in Conference USA. The game is televised on CSS (Huntington cable Ch. 68).

For more of this story check Friday editions of The Herald-Dispatch in print and online.




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