Cato wears camera
HUNTINGTON -- On Thursday, Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato sported a new look with a camera on top of his helmet.
And there was no one more surprised by it at practice than him.
"I don't know about the Cato-Cam," Cato said. "They put it there. I saw it before practice and just went with it. I didn't ask any questions and Coach Legg didn't know what was going on. I still don't know what's going on."
Marshall head coach Doc Holliday shed a bit of light on the situation following Thursday's practice.
"We're trying to see what he sees at times, so we're going to experiment a little bit," Holliday said. "It's just a camera where we can see, in different drills, exactly what he sees and why he makes certain decisions. We're just taking a look at it."
If the coaches and players take a look at the Cato-Cam on Friday, what they will see is a ton of guys in white jerseys in Cato's face.
The defense came out on Thursday and dictated play -- getting past the offensive line and into the face of Cato and quarterback Blake Frohnapfel, who also had a helmet camera attached.
As the practice wore on, the defense got more comfortable in the scheme and continued to apply pressure. They did not allow a touchdown to the offense in the team period session and limited the offense to field goal tries with the offense starting practically in the defensive red zone at the 25-yard line.
Led by safety Taj Letman and linebackers Stefon Houston and Jermaine Holmes, the defense consistently made plays, whether a pass breakup, interception or tackles at the point of attack.
Holliday was especially pleased to see the surge from the linebacker spot.
"Whoever makes the most plays has to play," Holliday said. "The last couple of practices, I've noticed Jermaine running around out there and I noticed him again today. And Stefan Houston, a young freshman, is running around out there pretty good, too."
Overall, Holliday was pleased to see the defense rise to the occasion and continue their strong play at the midway point of the spring sessions.
He said it's all been part of the building process brought about by defensive coordinator Chuck Heater and assistants Adam Fuller (linebackers), J.C. Price (defensive line) and Sean Cronin (defensive tackles).
"They (the players) are starting to understand what they are doing, they are getting their feet under them playing and I think they did some good things out there today," Holliday said.
For Cato, it was the first time this spring that the offense hasn't looked crisp, and it offered a frustrating end to his Thursday afternoon.
Cato has always said he's a quarterback built on emotion and adrenaline when he steps on the field. That has been evidenced over the last two years in how he chats up the defense -- even in practice -- to motivate himself.
Therefore, in his words, it didn't seem to him like a coincidence that the offense's first struggles came on a day when he had a camera strapped to his head.
"It was on my helmet and I can't do what I want to do because I know it's on my helmet and there's audio," Cato said.
Marshall returns to the field for a 9:15 a.m. scrimmage/practice session on Saturday morning.
And Cato -- whether with the Cato-Cam or not -- will look to put on a much different show for the viewing audience.
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