With Taliaferro leading the team in carries (31, for 133 yards) and Butler in yardage (258), Grooms is itching and twitching for a piece of that action.
"I wouldn't call it jealous," Grooms said. "But just watching another running back get in there and do his thing, with the competitiveness that we bring at the position, it makes me want to get out there and make a play."
Holliday joked, "He should be fresh, that's for sure. He's not real happy with me, by the way."
With only one-sixth of the schedule completed - one-seventh if the season really goes well - Cato is lagging behind his outrageous 2012 pace, yardage-wise. Remember, he threw for 4,201 yards, 350 per game.
There are purely positive factors that come into play there. One, Cato hit the sidelines for the final eight minutes of the Miami game and 20 minutes of the Gardner-Webb game, yielding to Blake Frohnapfel in games long decided. Marshall hasn't had many laughers in recent years, much less two straight.
Another positive factor that may reduce the yardage for Cato and everybody else: defense. This time around, the Herd might not need 600 total yards to even have a shot of winning.
"Part of the reason the stats aren't as good is the defense is playing its butts off right now," Legg said. "I can't count the number of short fields we've had the first two weeks. You score 55 points and only have 500 yards, that normally doesn't compute. But the reason that's the case is we had about half our drives around 50 yards.
"I'll take that every day of the week. I hope it's that way the rest of the season."
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