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Marshall Football Postgame Notes

Nov. 23, 2013


Marshall game captains – chosen weekly by coach Doc Holliday and staff – for the FIU game were tight end Gator Hoskins, quarterback Rakeem Cato, wide receiver Tommy Shuler, and defensive ends Ra’Shawde Myers and Alex Bazzie. Nineteen players – 8 on offense; 11 on defense -- have been captains through 11 games (11 of those 19 have been selected multiple times).

The FIU field goal to start the game made the Panthers only the second Conference USA team to score first on Marshall in seven league games this season. Middle Tennessee scored a touchdown for a 7-0 lead in the Oct. 24 game at MTSU.

Steward Butler’s 72-yard touchdown run (with 5:42 remaining in the second quarter) is the second longest rush of season for Marshall and the longest run in Butler’s career. Kevin Grooms had a 75-yard touchdown run versus Southern Miss, Nov. 2. Butler has 11 runs of 14 or more yards this season, and 17 or 10 or more yards. Butler ranks tied for fourth in FBS with five carries for 40 or more yards.

Marshall wide receiver Tommy Shuler, with six receptions for 74 yards, passed tight end Sean Doctor (1987-88) for No. 12 on career receiving yards list. Shuler has 2,132 yards.

Tight end Gator Hoskins’ catch in the final minute of the first half took him past 1,000 career receiving yards.

Rakeem Cato’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Shuler was Cato’s 52nd career touchdown pass in the red zone, with only one interception (last week, Nov. 14, at Tulsa).



Wide receiver Tommy Shuler reeled in his 80th catch of the season and became the first player in Marshall history with two single seasons of at least 80 receptions. The junior from Miami had a school record 110 catches in 2012.

Herd sophomore punter Tyler Williams punted for a fifth time early in the third quarter. His punts of 53, 55, 51, 49 and 53 yards marked the first time in his career he had four 50-yard punts in a single game.

Tight end Gator Hoskins’ third touchdown catch of game (with 2:08 remaining in the third) gave him 25 for his career, good for No. 4 all-time at Marshall, behind Randy Moss (53), Darius Watts (47) and Mike Barber (26). Hoskins’ team-leading 12 touchdown catches this season puts him in tie for No. 7 on single-season list with Aaron Dobson (2011), Darius Watts (2002) and Keith Baxter Sr. (1987).

It also marked Hoskins’ 12th touchdown catch this season, eclipsing his NCAA football subdivision-leading total for a tight end in 2012. The 12 this season also leads all FBS tight ends.

Tight end Gator Hoskins’ 136 receiving yards on six receptions are the most receiving yards for a Marshall tight end since Cody Slate had 177 yards on 11 catches in a September 2007 Herd loss to Division I-AA New Hampshire. The yard mark gave Hoskins the first 100-yard receiving game of his Marshall career.

Quarterback Rakeem Cato, with three four touchdown passes on the night, gives him 32 this season, good for eighth on Herd single-season list. His 37 last season rank tied for third with Chad Pennington (1999, senior season). Pennington’s 39 in 1997 is school record.

Running back Kevin Grooms gained six yards with 9:08 left in the fourth quarter, putting him at 55 yards on the night and 503 for season. That gives Marshall three 500-yard rushers (Taliaferro, Butler, Grooms) for the first time since 1995 – Coach Jim Donnan’s final season at MU (Chris Parker, 1,833; Erik Thomas, 613; Olandis Gary, 501).