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CollegeFootballNews.com honors Herd trio

Dec. 21, 2012 @ 11:45 PM

HUNTINGTON -- A trio of Marshall offensive players are going to need new trophy cases for Christmas.

Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato was named CFN's Offensive Player of the Year while wide receiver Tommy Shuler and tight end Gator Hoskins were also tabbed to the All-Conference USA team.

Instead of naming a Most Valuable Player, CFN ranks its top 30 performers.

Cato was ranked first while Shuler checked in at No. 10 on the list.

Cato finished the year with 4,201 yards passing and 37 touchdowns en route to numerous post-season accolades, which included the Conference USA Most Valuable Player, as voted on by the league's 12 coaches.

CFN also called Cato the league's biggest surprise while ranking his 341-yard, four-touchdown performance against Memphis as the second-best performance of the year in Conference USA.

Cato is also on the Touchdown Club of Columbus' 2013 Players to Watch list.

Shuler set a Marshall single-season record for receptions with 110, breaking a 25-year-old record held by Mike Barber.

His season highlights included a 19-catch, 200-yard performance in a loss to Purdue -- a performance which led to him being named a Biletnikoff Award Watch List honoree.

Hoskins leads all tight ends nationally with 10 touchdown receptions -- a number that also tied for the lead among all receivers in Conference USA.

He caught three touchdown passes in the loss to Purdue and added a 72-yard touchdown reception against Tulsa which was the Herd's longest play of the year.

The best news for Herd fans is that all three will be returning for the 2013 season.

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