July 16, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – Marshall senior quarterback Rakeem Cato, a 2014 Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award candidate, has been named to the watch list for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award for the second consecutive season.
Cato is on numerous preseason All-Conference USA lists and has been named the league’s top player by most magazines, websites and the C-USA coaches (offensive). 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).
This year’s watch list, which was compiled by a subset of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee, was selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2014 college football season. All nominees were required to have started at least one college game previously.
Nearly half (19 of 39) of the players on the watch list are seniors. Thirteen juniors and seven sophomores round out the contingent.
Appearing on the watch list is not a requirement for a player to win the Davey O’Brien Award. Quarterbacks from all 125 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools are eligible for the award until the field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Nov. 3. The Foundation and the Selection Committee will announce three finalists on Nov. 24. The 2014 Davey O’Brien winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 11.
The 38th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner will be held Feb. 16, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Marshall players on 2014 preseason watch lists for national college football awards (through 7/16/14)
Maxwell Award – Rakeem Cato, QB
– James Rouse
Rimington Trophy – Chris Jasperse, C
Ray Guy Award – Tyler Williams, P
Rotary Lombardi Award – Jermaine Holmes, LB; Chris Jasperse, C; Clint Van Horn, OT.
Biletnikoff Award – Tommy Shuler, WR
Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award – Rakeem Cato, QB
AFCA Good Works Team – Chris Jasperse, C
College Football Performance Awards – Rakeem Cato, QB; Tommy Shuler, WR; Jermaine Holmes, LB; Steward Butler, RB; Tyler Williams, P.