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Cato wins another award

Dec. 07, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato is racking up postseason awards like he racked up yards and touchdowns in the 2012 regular season.

Cato was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year by College Sports Madness on Thursday.

The award comes one day after he was named the Most Valuable Player by Conference USA coaches.

Cato finished the season with 4,201 yards and 37 touchdowns while missing out on the Herd's single-season completion percentage mark by one-tenth of a percent.

In 2003, Stan Hill finished with a 69.6 completion percentage on 133-of-191 passing.

Cato was 406-of-584 on the year for a 69.5 completion percentage.

Joining Cato on the CollegeSportsMadness.com first-team was wide receiver Tommy Shuler and tight end Gator Hoskins.

Shuler led C-USA in catches per game with 9.17 and broke Mike Barber's 25-year-old school record by catching 110 passes for 1,138 yards and six touchdowns.

His best game of the year came against Purdue when he caught 19 passes for 200 yards. The 19 passes were the second-most for an individual during the 2012 season. Louisiana Tech's Quinton Patton caught 21 passes against Texas A&M on Oct. 13.

Hoskins enjoyed a breakout year for the Herd as a go-to receiver in the red zone. The junior caught 10 touchdowns -- a mark that was tops nationally among tight ends and tied for the overall lead in receiving touchdowns in Conference USA.

He was named to the John Mackey Award Watch List in 2012 and was the National Tight End of the Week by College Football Performance Awards after catching three touchdowns against Purdue.

Second-team selections included wide receiver Antavious Wilson and safety Dominick LeGrande.

Wilson ended his Marshall career strong, notching career-highs in both catches (69) and receiving yards (741). His best contest came in a seven-catch, 123-yard outing against Tulsa in which he added a pair of touchdown receptions.

LeGrande was the leading tackler on Marshall's team in 2012, finishing the year with 132 on the season -- a number that was eighth-nationally.

Marshall left tackle Jordan Jeffries was the team's lone representative on the third team.

Jeffries was a staple on the offensive line, starting all 12 games at left tackle for the Herd. He led an offense that produced 534.25 yards per game -- the sixth-best figure nationally. The Herd had 63 touchdowns on the year, including 24 on the ground.

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