Trainers had to hold him back from returning to the field at first. But after returning to throw one red-zone incompletion, his day was done.
Frohnapfel led the Herd on two touchdown drives in regulation and threw another touchdown in the first overtime. He ran for 62 yards on three carries, including a 51-yard touchdown.
"I kind of figured that someone was going to run me down, that I wasn't going to make this," Frohnapfel said. "I was lucky enough to make it the whole way."
It was a performance that made Holliday say the redshirt freshman could factor more into the offense next season, as his mobility and size (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) make him tough to bring down.
"He brings a dimension to this offense," Holliday said. "There isn't a reason he can't go in and play. He brings his legs into that offense. When you put him in there, instead of throwing the bubbles and the screens, he can beat you with his feet."
How much he'll play next year remains to be seen. Cato finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the FBS in passing yards (4,201) and completions per game (33.83) and tied for second with WVU's Geno Smith with 37 touchdown passes.
"I think I might be a change-up to defenses sometimes," Frohnapfel said. "Hopefully I can get a couple of plays here and there, but Rakeem Cato is a great quarterback."
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SOPHOMORE Tommy Shuler doesn't cut as imposing of a figure as his senior receiver counterparts Aaron Dobson and Antavious Wilson. At 5-foot-8 and 187 pounds, he flies a bit closer to the ground than Dobson (6-3, 200) and Wilson (6-1, 196).
But Shuler soared to single-season heights no other Marshall player has reached, catching 110 passes in 2012. That broke the previous record of 106 caught by Mike Barber in 1987. Shuler reached the mark with a 14-catch, 141-yard, two-touchdown performance against East Carolina.
He became the fifth Conference USA player, and the first underclassman, to reach the century mark in single-season catches. He finished 2012 with 110 catches, 1,138 yards and six touchdowns, a big difference from his 14-catch, 122-yard, scoreless freshman season.
"I went out all season and worked and worked and worked," Shuler said. "I told myself I was better than my freshman year. Anybody can tell you on the team, they go by the field and I'm out there by myself, working."
Cato, his teammate since the two played in Miami youth football leagues, said that work overcomes Shuler's physical limitations.
"The good part about him is he works because he knows he's kind of undersized," Cato said. "He works extra hard, even when we go home. Every ball he caught, every yard, every touchdown, he deserved it."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.