There might be a chance the Herd could watch him for another year. Despite being a redshirt senior, he could petition for a sixth year due to his injuries. Rouse said that process is on the back burner for now.
"We've talked about it briefly at the beginning of the season, in the summer," he said. "Right now, I'm just focusing on this season and whatever happens, happens. If I get another one, we'll go from there."
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IT'S BEEN a while since Hokies Coach Frank Beamer has seen Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato in person. The last time Virginia Tech played the Herd, Cato was a freshman in his fourth collegiate game and the Hokies didn't make it easy.
Virginia Tech sacked Cato five times in a 30-10 Herd loss, and Cato completed 17 of 33 passes for 245 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Times have changed, though, and Cato is now one of the Herd's leading career passers just three games into his junior season.
That doesn't surprise Beamer much, though.
"Experience is a wonderful thing," Beamer said. "The more you're in an offense, the more you know where to go with the ball. And the quicker you do that, the more accurate you become. One thing kind of leads to another."
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HOKIES DEFENSIVE back Antone Exum had said previously he hoped to be ready for at least some action against Marshall. He's been on the shelf after tearing his ACL, lateral and medial meniscus while playing pickup basketball in January.
Beamer, though, isn't ready to announce the all-ACC defender's return.
"I'm not sure exactly when he'll be back," Beamer said. "We're not sure right now."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.