CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- William & Mary is in town today to play West Virginia's Mountaineers, and there's a strong state tie in the Tribe's recent basketball history.
One of the best players to play on the historic Williamsburg, Va., campus was guard David Schneider, a senior on the 2009-10 Tribe team that won 22 games. Schneider is just one of two players in William & Mary history to score 1,400 points, grab 400 rebounds and have 300 assists. He also won the CAA's basketball leadership award that season.
Schneider is the son of Jeff Schneider, a schoolboy legend from Clarksburg Washington Irving High School. As a junior in 1977, he lit up the state tournament at the old Charleston Civic Center with his scoring and led his team to the state championship game, where they lost to Willie Akers, Vic Herbert and Logan. Schneider went on to play at Virginia Tech.
ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Danny Kanell has been talking about Cato for a while. On Friday, studio analyst Mark May took notice. Now the Bleacher Report and others are on board. On Twitter, during the game, CBS college football columnist Dennis Dodd, one of the most-read college football writers in the country, also raved about Cato's play.
Cato will now be on the fringe of the Heisman talk in August and early September. As the 2014 season plays out, if he stays healthy, Cato will have a chance to move up the discussion ladder. He should put up eye-popping numbers against a revamped Conference USA similar to past quarterback winners Andre Ware and Robert Griffin III. Those numbers, coupled with team wins, could allow him to become Marshall's third Heisman invitee to New York in the last 20 years.