Marshall defeats Maryland in the 2013 Military Bowl, 31-20.
Enters senior season (2014) as Heisman Trophy candidate in fourth year as Herd starter ... Featured as Heisman "longshot" candidate in Sports Illustrated's preseason College Football Preview edition (dated Aug. 18, 2014) ... Named to numerous 2014 preseason watch lists for national awards, including the Maxwell, Walter Camp, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, Manning and Davey O'Brien National Quarterback awards ... Selected by Conference USA coaches as the preseason C-USA Offensive Player of the Year ... On numerous preseason All-Conference USA lists and named league's top player by numerous magazines and websites ... Has thrown a touchdown pass in 32 consecutive games, the high for an active FBS quarterback (FBS record is 38 by Russell Wilson, 2009-11 at N.C. State, 2011 at Wisconsin) ... Has thrown 58 career TD passes in the red zone with only one interception (at Tulsa, 2013) ... Passed for 8,117 yards in past two seasons, topped only by 2013 seniors Derek Carr of Fresno State (9,187) and David Fales (8,382) of San Jose State ... Marshall starter in 29 consecutive games and 35 or 39 in his career ... Quarterbacked Herd to two bowls wins in three seasons ... His 91 career TD passes in FBS rank first among 2014 returning QBs (Taylor Heinicke of Old Dominion has 102, but had two seasons in FCS before FBS transition season) ... Cato has 10,533 career total offense yards, also first in FBS play for an active QB ... Cato's 10,176 passing yards rank third in Herd history to Chad Pennington (13,143) and Byron Leftwich (11,903). Only Pennington had more TD passes than Cato (115-91) ... Has had 11 games of 340 of more passing yards and 12 games of 30 or more completions ... Has three of the top four completion games in Herd history, topped by school-record 45 at Purdue in 2012 ... Has five TD passes in a game five times (Herd record is 6 in a game, shared by Pennington and Leftwich). Cato has most games with five or more TD passes ... Has thrown more than two interceptions in a game only twice (4, at Ohio, 2011; 3, at Purdue, 2012) ... Has topped 400 yards total offense six times in his career ... His .639 completion percentage (886-of-1387) trails only Leftwich (.651, 939-1442) in Herd annals ... Has 12 career games of .700 completion percentage or better ... Has quarterbacked Herd to eight straight home victories.
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...CollegeSportsMadness.com's C-USA Offensive Player of the Year ...Named the Conference USA MVP...Named 2013 Player to Watch by Touchdown Club of Columbus...First Marshall Offensive player since Byron Leftwich to win a top conference award... Selected to College FootballNews.com's All-Conference USA team...Led all FBS schools 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)... Threw a touchdown pass in every game of the year... Recorded 5-TD 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.
PRIOR TO MARSHALL: Played for Telly Lockette at Miami Central 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... Business major at MU ... Also offered by West Virginia, FIU, Cincinnati.