HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The depth chart behind Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato got much younger Friday, as backup Blake Frohnapfel announced via Twitter that he plans to transfer at the end of the spring semester.
"I have asked for the opportunity to transfer, but I do so knowing I leave the best fan base in America," his Twitter statement read in part. "Thank you to everyone who has provided me such a great opportunity and no matter where I go, I will always be a graduate of Marshall University, a son of Marshall and I will always bleed green."
Frohnapfel, a redshirt sophomore in 2013, will be able to graduate this spring, and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
The Thundering Herd will enter spring practice with four scholarship quarterbacks – Cato, the 2013 Conference USA offensive player of the year and 2012 C-USA MVP, redshirt sophomore Gunnar Holcombe, redshirt freshman Kevin Anderson and incoming freshman Cole Garvin.
Yet Frohnapfel is the only other quarterback besides Cato to take a snap in a game over the previous two seasons. In 2013, he completed 17 of 22 passes for 206 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. In 2012, he completed 18 of 23 passes for 180 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
He entered Marshall's 2012 season finale versus East Carolina in the fourth quarter after Cato was injured, and helped the Herd reach double overtime, though Marshall lost, 65-59. Frohnapfel ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown and threw for one in the first overtime.
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