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Marshall gets availability boost at QB for spring

Rakeem Cato AP

Marshall’s quarterback depth has been an issue over the past year — basically ever since starter Brian Anderson graduated at the end of the 2010 season — and the Thundering Herd just haven’t been able to put enough bodies at the QB position consistently.

That all should change when three-star recruit (Rivals.com) Gunnar Holcombe arrives this fall, but for now, Marshall is going through spring with just two scholarship quarterbacks, incumbent starter Rakeem Cato (pictured) and redshirt freshman Blake Frohnapfel. With Frohnapfel (that’s just as hard to type as you would imagine; [/hits backspace 50 times]) recovering from shoulder surgery, there was the possibility of Cato being the only scholarship QB this spring.

But coach Doc Holliday told Chuck McGill of the Charleston Daily Mail that Frohnapfel will be available, albeit limited, for spring practices, which begin on Tuesday. The news couldn’t be better, as McGill adds that “QBs coach Tony Petersen will also throw in a pinch.”

Yeah, I’d say there are some depth issues there.

Marshall’s QB situation will be similar to the one it faced last spring when A.J. Graham and Eddie Sullivan were the only two signal callers on scholarship. Both have since left the program. Sullivan transferred out and Graham got booted from the team earlier this month.

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