HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – For the first time since Chad Pennington stepped under center 16 years ago, Marshall will start a true freshman at Quarterback.
Tuesday Head Coach Doc Holliday announced Rakeem Cato will start the season opener against West Virginia.
Cato beat redshirt sophomore A.J. Graham for the job.
"The one thing that we felt going into the camp was that we were going into it with an open mind but we were going to start the guy that gave us the best chance to win," Holliday said.
The 6'1" Miami, Fla. native earned the job by impressing Holliday and Co-Offensive Coordinators Bill Legg and Tony Petersen from his first day of camp.
"When it is all said and done and you put all that body of work that Cato put in to camp and two-a -days and the last couple of weeks together, he gave us the best chance to go win that football game and I think he'll be fine," Holliday said.
Cato guided his high school team, Miami-Dade Central, to a 6A Florida championship his senior season, breaking many Dade County passing records in the process.
The last time a freshman started at quarterback for the Herd was 1995 when Chad Pennington was behind center against UTC.