HUNTINGTON - It wasn't just Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato's arm that put him atop the stat sheet after last Saturday's loss to Ohio. His legs did the same.
Cato, who threw for a Marshall-record 44 completions and career-high 432 yards against the Bobcats, also led the Thundering Herd in rushing with 32 yards on six carries. But he never imagined he'd end a game as the team's top runner.
"No," he said. "I'm not a running quarterback. That's not part of my game. Things happen, so I had to take advantage of it."
His 32 yards against the Bobcats matched his total for all of 2011, accomplished on 57 carries. He has 12 carries in three games this season. Yet, just because Cato rarely takes off from the pocket, that doesn't mean Marshall Coach Doc Holliday wants him to completely avoid it.
When the Thundering Herd (1-2, 0-0 C-USA) visits Rice (1-2, 0-0) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday (CSS/WCHS telecast), Holliday wants Cato to pull down the ball and go if he needs to.
"If it's there I want him to run," he said. "He did do it a couple times. He ran for a critical first down last weekend. We don't want him running all the time and that's why we've changed some of the things we're doing. He has to do what he has to do to move the chains and get the first down."
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HERD SENIOR Andre Snipes-Booker earned spots on the CFPA Special Teams Award and Jet Award watch lists this preseason for his work as a kick and punt returner. So far this year, he's been stuck in the hangar.
Snipes-Booker is tied for 55th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in punt returns at 6.43 yards an attempt. He finished 20th in the FBS last season with 10.83 yards an attempt. His kick return yardage is down as well. Last year he was 40th in the FBS with 24.82 yards a return. This year he's 58th with 20.91 yards a return.
But he feels there's a big return just around the bend.