Rakeem Cato was lights-out for Miami Central last year, but is struggling so far for Marshall.
Rakeem Cato was lights-out for Miami Central last year, but is struggling so far for Marshall.
Michael E. Miller

Miami Central QB Showdown Saturday: Marshall's Rakeem Cato v. UCF's Jeff Godfrey

Chad Henne isn't the only Miami quarterback struggling.

After leading Miami Central High School to its first ever state title last year, Rakeem Cato has had an up-and-down season so far at Marshall. He's started all five games, but has thrown as many interceptions (7) as touchdowns.

Tomorrow he's back in Florida to square off against the man he replaced at Central: UCF's Jeffrey Godfrey.

After racking up nearly 3,000 yards, 31 touchdowns, and only 6 interceptions last season, Cato passed up a chance to back-up Wes Carroll at FIU. Instead, he opted to join best friend and Central teammate Tommy Shuler at Marshall.

Whether it's the pressure or the supporific confines of Huntington, West Virginia (The Jewell City, population: 49,138), the freshman quarterback has only thrown for 987 yards in a 2-3 start to the season.

Godfrey, Cato's predecessor at Central, isn't doing any better in Orlando. He's thrown for 740 yards in four games, but has yet to toss a touchdown. Most important, the Knights have lost their last two games.

Then again, both QBs are young and can rebound. If only we could the same for Henne.

UCF hosts Marshall at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Orlando.

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