July 9, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall punter Tyler Williams was named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List Wednesday, while quarterback Rakeem Cato and wide receiver Tommy Shuler were given the nod from the College Football Performance Awards.
Williams averaged 42.2 yards per punt last season, totaling 2,366 yards on 56 attempts. He placed 13 kicks inside the 20-yard line and had a long punt of 65 yards. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native was a Freshman All-American selection in 2012 and a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award when he led the nation's freshmen with a 45.1-yard average.
Cato, a Heisman Trophy candidate for the Thundering Herd, is on numerous preseason All-Conference USA lists and has been named the league’s top player by numerous magazines and websites. The Miami native 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).
Already one of the more prolific receivers in Herd history, Shuler returns for his senior year as one of only eight players in major college football history with two seasons of 100 or more receptions. No player has had three. He enters the 2014 season with 230 MU career catches, fourth on the all-time list and 76 behind leader Josh Davis (306 from 2001-04). His 2,425 receiving yards rank ninth in Herd annals.
Marshall will begin its 2014 season with an Aug. 30 date at Miami (Ohio). Kick time is set for 3:30 p.m. and the contest will be carried on ESPN3.com.