The Thundering Herd football team returns home from Mountaineer Field to play host to the Western Carolina Catamounts. The big headline surrounding Marshall's home opener is the return of former Herd quarterback Eddie Sullivan. Sullivan was a three star recruit from Boca Raton high school who competed for Marshall's 2011 starting job before ultimately losing it to true freshman Rakeem Cato.
Sullivan left the Thundering Herd football program and in the Spring of 2012 he enrolled at Western Carolina. The ex-Thundering Herd quarterback will step onto Joan C. Edwards Stadium and battle his former team.
Sullivan will stand on the opposing sideline looking at his former team and teammates. One of those players will be the Cato. The Thundering Herd sophomore quarterback is coming off a stellar performance against West Virginia.
Cato completed 38 of-54 passes for 413 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The last time a Herd quarterback threw for over 400 yards was in 2007 when Bernard Morris threw for 417 against New Hampshire. The 38 completions thrown by Cato are a new regular-season record for completions, surpassing the previous high of 37 thrown by Byron Leftwich, who also holds the completion record for postseason games-- 41 completions at the 2001 GMAC Bowl.
He was replaced by freshman Troy Mitchell, who took full advantage of his situation by completing 20 of-29 passes, while racking up 189 total yards and adding two rushing touchdowns in a blowout victory. Western Carolina's head coach Mark Speir said that both quarterbacks will play against the Thundering Herd.
Sullivan, although he will be splitting snaps with Mitchell, will be a focal point for Herd fans who want to see how he plays in his return to Huntington. Looking across the field Sullivan will see plenty of familiar faces, but when the teams step on the field, it's time to play football.