Owns NCAA major college (FBS) record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass (46), surpassing former record of 38 by Russell Wilson (NC State and Wisconsin, 2009-11) in win at FIU – in Cato’s hometown – on Oct. 18, 2014 … Finished his Marshall years with most of the Herd’s passing records, including career yards (14,079), completions (1,153), attempts (1,838), touchdowns (131) and total offense (14,918), topping Herd legends Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich … Ranks in top 10 in major college history in many passing categories, and no. 2 in Conference USA history to former Houston star Case Keenum … Made 49 career starts, including his last 43 … Quarterbacked Herd to 3-0 bowl record in four seasons … Has three of the top six passing-yard seasons in Herd history … Threw for 330 or more yards 15 times in career … Passed for school-record seven TDs in 67-66 overtime loss to Western Kentucky in 2014 regular-season finale … Threw for at least five TDs in six games in his career … Topped 400 yards total offense nine times … Had 37, 39 and 40 TD passes in his last three seasons (2012-14, in order) … Herd was 35-18 in his 53 career games.
SENIOR SEASON (2014): Led prolific Herd offense (averaging 559 yards per game) in 13-1 season that included school’s first Conference USA title and first national ranking in final polls (Nos. 22/23) since 2002 … Named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year by league coaches, his third straight season for a major C-USA award … All-conference first team pick, and voted the Herd Team MVP by his coaches … Featured in major feature stories by several publications and websites, including Sports illustrated and USA Today … Was a candidate for major national awards, including the Maxwell, Walter Camp, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, Manning and Davey O'Brien National Quarterback awards ... completed 267-of-451 passes (59.2 percent) for 3,903 yards and 40 touchdowns (the single-season school record), with13 interceptions; an efficiency of 155.4 … Also rushed for a career-best 482 yards with eight scores (622 yards gained; 140 lost on sacks) … Passed for more than 400 yards twice (Ohio, 425; WKU, 417).
JUNIOR SEASON (2013): Guided Marshall to its first double-digit victory season since 2002 as Herd went 10-4, reaching its first C-USA Championship Game ... Cato was named MVP in Marshall's 31-20 Military Bowl victory over ACC member Maryland ... Torched the Terps with 28-of-44 passing for 337 yards ... Was voted Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year by league coaches, and was All-C-USA second team QB ... Threw for career-high 456 yards (33-of-58) in 45-34 victory at Tulsa on Nov. 14, also tying his own personal high of five TD passes in a game ... Threw for five TDs in home wins over Southern Miss and Miami (Ohio) and four in win at FIU ... Was intercepted more than once in only one of 14 games (2 in 3OT loss at Virginia Tech) ... Left the pocket more often than previous season and gained career-high 59 yards on 9 carries in season-opening rout of Miami (Ohio) ... Had other rushing games of 45, 46 and 47 yards ... Had a career-best 23-yard run in win at Tulsa ... Ran for two TDs in 59-29 win over East Carolina that sealed C-USA East Division title for Herd ... His 39 TD passes tied Pennington's 1997 total for school record.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012): Named to the Manning Award Watch List … Named the Conference USA MVP... Named 2013 Player to Watch by Touchdown Club of Columbus ... First Marshall offensive player since quarterback Byron Leftwich (Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year, 2001 and 2002) to win a top conference award ... Selected to College FootballNews.com's All-Conference USA team ... Led all FBS QBs in completions per game (33.83) and passing yards per game (350.08) ... Ran the fifth-ranked scoring offense in the nation ... Led Conference USA in passing yards (4,201), passing touchdowns (37), and total offense ... His 408 pass completions is the Herd single season record and broke the old mark (Tony Petersen. 340 in 1987) handily ... Started in every game for the Herd ... Completed a career-high of 45 passes -- the Herd record -- for 439 yards against Purdue (Sept 29) ... Recorded five-touchdown passing performances at Purdue and against Conference USA foe East Carolina.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Completed 182 of 304 passes for 2,059 yards with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions...Came up big in the overtime win against East Carolina with a 23-for-29, 341-yard, two-touchdown effort ... Completed 27 of 42 passes for 275 yards, three touchdowns and two picks in the huge home win over Southern Miss to earn him National Freshman of the Week honors by Rivals.com ... Led Herd to September win at BCS conference member Louisville with two touchdown passes ... Tossed a season-long 77-yard bomb for a touchdown to Aaron Dobson on the first play of the East Carolina contest ... Picked up another 32 yards on the ground.
HERD FILE: Born March 28, 1992 … Majored in business at MU … Has two daughters, Jaela and Chloe … Played at Miami Central High after transferring from Miami Springs ... Recorded 9,412 passing yards and 103 passing touchdowns against only 23 interceptions in his prep career... A four-year varsity starter that holds numerous Miami-Dade County passing records... Also offered by FIU, West Virginia, Cincinnati.