PREVIEW: Cato's return has Marshall confident in 2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Marshall coach Doc Holliday doesn't want to see a repeat of last year's floundering defense.
Opposing offenses ran up 43 points and 457 yards per game on the Thundering Herd in 2012.
Chris Rippon resigned as defensive coordinator a day after Marshall finished the season 5-7. The widely traveled Chuck Heater was hired from Temple to try to straighten out a unit that returns seven starters.
Holliday says his defense must improve. He doesn't have to worry so much about the offense, which returns 4,000-yard passer Rakeem Cato and a group of talented receivers.
Marshall opens the season at home Aug. 31 against Miami (Ohio).
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