Dec 27, 2013; Annapolis, MD, USA; Marshall Herd quarterback Rakeem Cato (12) runs against the Maryland Terrapins during the 2013 Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Is It Football Season Yet?

Editor’s Note: Gathering the Herd is a aggregation of Herd news from around the internet. These will be stories that don’t need a post dedicated to them but are worth reading about and keeping up to date. We’ll have links to the headlines here and a few thoughts on the stories. Check back throughout the week for updates.

Doc Holliday gets a contract extension through 2018

Doc inked a deal to remain the head coach of the Marshall Thundering Herd through June of 2018. While most of the contract remains the same, Doc has the chance to hit adjusted “incentive clauses” do increase his pay.

Rakeem Cato enters the Jungle with Jim Rome

Cato spoke with Rome on Wednesday, and the normal points of being a leader, his tough childhood, and his path to Marshall University.

Lists on Lists on Lists on Lists

Clint Van Horn gets some love by being included on the  Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List along with center Chris Jasperse and linebacker Jermaine Holmes. The award is for linemen on either side of the ball and Van Horn has earned his place by keeping Rakeem Cato upright. And according to the Register News-Herald he’s got a few numbers to back that up.

Van Horn, who moved into the starting lineup in Week 7, graded out at 97 percent (assignment) and 83 percent (success) for the season. He had 35 knockdowns and allowed only 2 1/2 sacks while committing no penalties.

Other’s joining the growing list of lists are Tommy Shuler, and punter Tyler Williams. Shuler saw his name added to the  Biletnikoff Award Watch List, while Williams was put on College Football Performance Awards’ Punter Trophy list of candidates. Jasperse made another appearance as he was selected as a nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team according to

The Life and Times of Rakeem Cato

“I had to grow up real fast,” Cato said. “That kind of put me in a spot where I had to be self motivated, had to go after life.”

USA Today’s Dan Wolken provides another look into the early life of quarterback Rakeem Cato and the experiences that shaped him into the man he is today. From the death of his mother at age 13 and being raised by his sister Shanrikia, to the early bumps in the road at Marshall, we follow Cato’s path to the Heisman Trophy candidate he is today.

Offensive line coach Alex Mirabal thinks offensive line coach Alex Mirabal is doing a good job.

“We take a lot of pride and pleasure in making sure, not only he doesn’t get sacked, but also that he doesn’t take hits. You got to have a triggerman to have an opportunity to win and we feel we have one of the best triggermen in the country.”

The Herd are confident in their offensive line according to offensive line coach Alex Mirabal. He may be just a little bit biased in that assessment but he has good reason to be. Marshall’s multi-pronged running attack was ranked 23rd in the nation last year with 205.9 yards a game while Cato and the passing attack was ranked 20th with 294.4 yards a game. Cato may be quick on his feet but the fact he hasn’t had to worry about large angry men trying to crush him as the Herd only allow 1.84 sacks a game. Not bad considering Marshall ran a about 80 plays a game last year.

Six reasons why Marshall is a dark horse from a non-Marshall source

The Herd have plenty of reason to optimistic heading into the season but Lost Lettterman points out a few of them including the running game. Lost in the hub-bub of Rakeem Cato is the fact the Herd has a top 25 rushing attack. Not too shabby at all.

Rakeem Cato wants your Heisman, Jameis Winston

No work on if he wants Winston’s crab legs.


It looks like Wes Wilson has some ideas on sprucing up the Thundering Herd’s helmets. I submit my lazy redesign below.


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