Raheem Waiters is back after missing the spring with a torn meniscus. Evan McKelvey returned from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
They all looked a bit bigger and stronger, and Cato seems to have physically matured as much as anybody. He said he's at "190 or 193" pounds on his 6-foot frame, 30-plus pounds heavier from the start of his freshman season.
He sported the two-glove look Monday, but said he is gaining confidence when he sheds them.
"I noticed out here a week ago, I was out here throwing the ball, my hand got much, much bigger, much stronger," he said. "I'm trying to throw the ball without the gloves; I can do that now."
Marshall coach Doc Holliday enjoyed watching his newly assembled squad, from the newcomers on up. He is ready to turn that 5-7 season into a shrinking speck in his rear-view mirror.
"First day's always great," he said. "You get out and it's like Christmas morning, find out what toys you have under the tree. There's a couple of guys, it's great to watch them run around here, but they're still in shorts."
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