Rakeem Cato
Free agent
Cato while at Marshall
Date of birth: (1992-03-28) March 28, 1992 (age 28)
Place of birth: Liberty City, Florida
Career information
CFL status: Import
High school: Miami Central
(West Little River, Florida)
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
Completion %     68.5%
Passing yards     3,570
TDINT     17–11
Passer rating     
Rushing TDs     1
Playing stats at

Rakeem Cato (born March 28, 1992) is an American football quarterback who is a free agent. He played college football at Marshall and was the Thundering Herd's starting quarterback from 2011 to 2014. He played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) from 2015 to 2016.

Early yearsEdit

Cato attended Miami Central High School in West Little River, Florida. During his career he passed for 9,412 yards with 103 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. He also holds numerous Miami-Dade County passing records.[1][2]

College careerEdit

As a freshman in 2011, Cato completed 182 of 304 passes for 2,059 yards with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

As a sophomore in 2012, leading the nation in passing yards per game, he completed 406 of 584 passes for 4,201 yards with 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. With an outstanding season he won the Conference USA MVP.[3]

His 2013 season held much promise with Cato being placed on the 2013 Players to Watch by The Touchdown Club of Columbus, and early on was already in the running of the 2013 Sammy Baugh award.[4] Cato was also on the 2013 Maxwell Award watch list[5] along with the Manning Award watch list.[6] He ended the 2013 season with 39 touchdown passes, matching Chad Pennington's Marshall record for touchdown passes in a single season.[7] Cato was named MVP in the 2013 Military Bowl victory over Maryland.[8]

Cato returned as the starter his senior season in 2014. On October 18, 2014, Cato threw a touchdown pass in his 39th consecutive game, breaking Russell Wilson's FBS record for most consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass.[9] He finished the season with 3,903 yards, 40 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Cato finished his career with a school record 14,079 passing yards and 131 passing touchdowns.

Career statisticsEdit

Year GP GS Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Lng Avg/G Att Yds Avg TD Lng Avg/G
2011 13 10 182 304 59.9 2,059 15 11 77 158.4 57 32 0.6 0 11 2.5
2012 12 12 406 584 69.5 4,201 37 11 72 350.1 57 31 0.5 1 20 2.6
2013 14 14 298 499 59.7 3,916 39 9 58 279.7 99 294 3.0 6 23 21.0
2014 14 14 267 451 59.2 3,903 40 13 77 278.8 94 482 5.1 8 63 34.4
Totals 53 50 1,153 1,838 62.7 14,079 131 44 77 265.6 307 839 2.7 15 63 15.8


Professional careerEdit

A February 2015 draft ranking by Mel Kiper, Jr. rated him as the eighth best quarterback in the 2015 NFL draft.[11] rated him the 30th best quarterback in the draft.[12] Some thought that Cato's size would hurt his draft chances.[13][14]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 1/2 in 178 lb 4.71 s 1.64 s 2.75 s 34 in 9 ft 5 in

Despite an impressive college career, Cato went undrafted during the 2015 draft. On May 7, Cato was invited to a camp tryout with the Cleveland Browns of the NFL but was not signed.[15]

On May 16, 2015, Cato signed a two-year deal with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.[16] He started his first game for the Alouettes on July 3 against the Calgary Stampeders after Jonathan Crompton and Dan LeFevour sustained injuries in Week 1 against the Ottawa Redblacks. He threw a touchdown pass on his first drive as an Alouette. In the first half, Cato went 12–15 for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns. He continued in the second half with another touchdown scoring opening drive. Cato finished the game 20–25, 241 yards and 3 touchdowns for his first CFL win. For his efforts, Cato was named player of the game, with TSN analyst and Canadian Football Hall of Fame quarterback Matt Dunigan characterizing his performance as "phenomenal."[17] He was named Player of the Week by the league for his performance against Calgary.[18] Cato was one of three players chosen as Player of the Month for July in the CFL.[19] Cato played in 12 games in 2015 for the Alouettes, completing 174 out of 215 pass attempts (80%) with 9 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.

Cato began the 2016 season as the number two quarterback on the depth chart behind veteran Kevin Glenn. Through the first half of the season the Alouettes only won 3 games, which prompted head coach Jim Popp to declare Cato as the starting quarterback for their Week 12 matchup against the BC Lions.[20] In his first practice as the starting QB Cato and wide receiver Duron Carter got into a heated argument.[21] A little over a week later Cato once again got into a heated argument at practice with Carter, this time also involving wide receiver Kenny Stafford.[22] He was released by the Alouettes on February 6, 2017.[23]

Cato signed with the Richmond Roughriders of the American Arena League in November 2017.[24] After one game, Cato was cut from the team on March 27, 2018.[25]

CFL career statisticsEdit

Passing stats
Year Team Games Played Completions Attempts % Yards Touchdowns Interceptions Passer Rating
2015 Montreal Alouettes 11 174 251 69.3 2,167 9 9 92.8
2016 Montreal Alouettes 11 122181 67.41,3988 2 100.7
Total 22296432 68.63,57017 11 96.1
Rushing stats
Year Team Games Played Carries Yards Average Longest Carry Touchdowns
2015 Montreal Alouettes 12 26 160 6.2 19 1
2016 Montreal Alouettes 1818159 8.873 0
Total 3044334 7.473 1

Personal lifeEdit

Cato was raised in Liberty City, a neighborhood in Miami, Florida, by his mother Juannese, who worked two jobs to take care of her seven children. When Cato was thirteen, his mother died suddenly of pneumonia and his eighteen-year-old sister Shanrikia was granted custody of Cato and four other siblings. During his college career, Cato's father was released from prison, allowing Cato to meet him for the first time.[26] Cato is a father of two young girls.[27]

See alsoEdit


  1. "Central's Rakeem Cato looks to cap dream season with Florida championship".
  2. "UCF prepares to contain Marshall prolific passer Rakeem Cato". tribunedigital-orlandosentinel.
  3. "C-USA Announces Football Players of the Year".
  4. "HERDZONE.COM :: Official Athletic Site of Marshall Thundering Herd :: Football".
  5. "Clowney, Manziel, Miller part of preseason list of 76 for Maxwell Award - CollegeFootballTalk". 2013-07-08.
  6. "HERDZONE.COM :: Official Athletic Site of Marshall Thundering Herd :: Football".
  7. "WV MetroNews – Cato matches Pennington's TD mark, earns bowl MVP". WV MetroNews. 2013-12-28.
  8. Prewitt, Alex (December 27, 2013). "Military Bowl: Marshall offense too much for Maryland in 31–20 victory". The Washington Post.
  9. "Rakeem Cato sets NCAA record". ESPN. October 18, 2014.
  10. "Rakeem Cato".
  11. Kiper, Mel, Jr. (February 17, 2015). "Top 10 NFL prospects by position". Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  12. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named draft
  13. Polacek, Scott. "Rakeem Cato: Latest on Undrafted Free Agent After 2015 NFL Draft". Archived from the original on September 2, 2016. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  14. Redd, Derek (April 29, 2015). "Will size dash Rakeem Cato's NFL draft chances?". Archived from the original on September 2, 2016. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  15. "Cato not signed by Cleveland Browns". The Herald-Dispatch. May 11, 2015.
  16. Traylor, Grant (May 16, 2015). "Cato signs to play in Canada". The Herald-Dispatch.
  17. "Cato opens strong for Alouettes". The Herald-Dispatch. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  18. "Rakeem Cato joueur de la semaine dans la LCF" (in French). Radio-Canada. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  19. "Trevor Harris, Rakeem Cato and Marcus Howard named CFL's top players for July". (The Canadian Press). Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  20. "Cato replaces Glenn as starting QB as Alouettes hope to reignite offence" (in en-US). 2016-09-05.
  21. "Cato replaces Glenn as starting QB as Alouettes hope to reignite offence" (in en-US). 2016-09-05.
  22. "Cato gets into altercation with Stafford, Carter at Als practice". 2016-09-13.
  23. "Alouettes release QB Cato - Article - TSN". TSN. 2017-02-06.
  24. "Wednesday's regional sports roundup: New Kent's LaPrade, from Virginia Tech, named ACC Wrestler of Week; Hampton's Quillen gets Beamer's No. 25 for Tech's game at U.Va.". November 22, 2017. Archived from the original on November 26, 2017. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  25. "Breaking News". Richmond Roughriders. Archived from the original on March 27, 2018. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  26. Feldman, Bruce (28 September 2014). "How Rakeem Cato became pride of Liberty City, Marshall's star QB". FOX Sports. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  27. .

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