"It's getting there, but it's not as fast as I'd like it to be."
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CATO SPENT one play Saturday moonlighting as a receiver.
The 6-foot, 185-pound sophomore was several yards behind the line of scrimmage watching Frohnapfel run the offense when he noticed some confusion among the receivers.
The Herd had two available slot receivers - Andre Booker and Chris Alston - but there was a miscommunication about which pass-catcher needed to be on the field.
Cato raced to the line of scrimmage and lined up at receiver.
"I tried to line up so there wouldn't be 10 men on the field," Cato said. "I tried to do a little something."
His teammates claim Cato could pull off the transition.
"Cato, you know, he knows the system," Booker said. "I've seen Cato throughout the week studying his playbook. That's what we need from a quarterback - to be dedicated and committed.
"He knows the whole offense. I'm sure he knows the defense as well. He is a quarterback who is a player, not a position."
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THE HERD offense leaned on running backs Martin Ward (16 carries, 28 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Kevin Rodriguez (23 carries, 85 yards, 1 TD) because freshman Remi Watson was out with a bum left shoulder.
Watson was injured in last Thursday's practice.
Junior tight end C.J. Crawford also missed Saturday's scrimmage with a left knee injury. He was seen on crutches with his left knee in a brace.
Booker and Alston combined for 19 receptions and 178 yards because the team's two other slot receivers - Tommy Shuler and Jermaine Kelson - were unavailable.
Shuler, a Miami native, returned to Florida for personal reasons. Kelson is out with an injury.
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