HUNTINGTON - Following are some of the pressing topics after one week in the Marshall camp. I will try to avoid the "p" word.
I'm leaning that way.
Expect coordinator Chris Rippon's defense to throw the blitzing book at Cato, who charted a nifty 164.47 NCAA passer rating in the Thundering Herd's scrimmage Saturday. But I'm thinking he can handle it this time around.
This much I know for sure: Cato showed great command of the hurry-up offense. Keep that up and defensive substitution packages will be useless.
In a word, no.
In years after the Herd's top-25 season of 2002, I occasionally heard about Marshall's alleged depth at wide receiver, but never saw it. I think this is the year I'm on board, and it doesn't hurt that 17 players caught passes Saturday.
Outside receivers such as Aaron Dobson will grab the spotlight, but I see a big year for a slot receiver or two. Throw out the "measurables" on Tommy Shuler - the man can find a seam, catch the ball and turn it up for more yardage.
In a 12-to-14-game season, I can't see them not playing. They're too fast, too shifty, too savvy to redshirt. The Herd might be every bit as deep at this position as league rivals Central Florida or Southern Mississippi.
They split first-team reps Saturday, and pass rushers found the sledding tough on that side. Jeffries said it best after the scrimmage: "Our coach said we have two starting left tackles. That's the way he puts it. That means every day's a battle."
You know what they say: If you have two left tackles, you don't have ... wait, wrong position.
He just might. Three sacks Saturday won't hurt his cause, and keep this in mind: He thought he made the tag on Cato before that 17-yard touchdown toss to Demetrius Evans.