He already owns the third-best single-season touchdown mark, throwing 37 last year.
The junior credits his preparation through the week for his performances at the end of the week.
"Like I say every time, it's practice," Cato said. "I make sure and stick it in my head that I've got to have a good practice. So when we look at the film the next day, I want to make sure (offensive coordinator Bill) Legg only talks to me about one mess-up, or not even one mess-up, to make sure I'm doing everything possible to make myself a great quarterback."
Cato's teammates see that dedication to perfection, too. They also hear it. Tight end Gator Hoskins, who's tied with Shuler and two others for an FBS-best six touchdown catches in November, said his quarterback expects every player to focus during practice.
"The way he prepares, watching film, coming out to practice, if he makes a mistake in practice, he's down on himself," Hoskins said. "He's a person with a lot of emotion. He doesn't just get on us. He gets on himself. He wants to be perfect."
While many of Cato's numbers have eclipsed most, if not all the other quarterbacks in the FBS this November, Legg said Cato's greatest contribution has been how he's affected the rest of the offense. Legg pointed out Cato, Hoskins, Chris Jasperse and Shuler among others as team leaders who wanted to eliminate the bad taste of losing.
In doing so, the coordinator said, they've elevated the play of those around them.
"I don't know if it's so much that he's that much more locked in or he's working that much harder, because he's always been locked in and he always works hard," Legg said. "He wants to come out here and have a perfect practice. As much as it is to do with him playing better, but what's significantly better is the players playing around him."
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.