Christopher Smith

Rakeem Cato's Talented Backup To Transfer

Created on Jan. 19, 2014 6:12 PM EST

Marshall's post-Rakeem Cato plans at quarterback took a hit Friday when backup Blake Frohnapfel announced his intention to transfer.

The 6-foot-6, 225-pound redshirt sophomore is on track to graduate this spring, meaning he is eligible to transfer to any FBS school and play in 2014. Though most of the country doesn't track backup C-USA quarterbacks, Frohnapfel is an interesting figure. He's completed 35 of 45 career passes for 386 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions, rushing for nearly seven yards per carry in limited time.

Frohnapfel shredded the East Carolina secondary in 2012 when Cato got hurt, running for a 51-yard touchdown and leading a potential game-winning touchdown drive before falling to the Pirates in double overtime. Marshall coach Doc Holliday talked about creating packages to find Frohnapfel some reps in 2013, but that never materialized.

"Obviously, it was the playing time," Frohnapfel told the Huntington Herald-Dispatch. "(Marshall starter Rakeem) Cato has a year left and obviously, he's played fantastic for the last two years having been Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year and MVP.

"I want to go somewhere where I can have a chance to play, a chance to compete."

Many Marshall fans long have believed and boasted that Frohnapfel could start for the majority of C-USA schools. He reportedly will consider his non-football future in his decision, weighing which university will help him develop business connections, but it's easy to picture Frohnapfel as someone's starting quarterback in 2014.

"To #herdnation, thank you for making my 3 years at Marshall extremely memorable," the former two-star prospect tweeted Friday.

The move also breaks up the greatest one-two combination of quarterback names in college football.

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