Mark Cato Earns Fifth GSC Freshman of the Week Award
By Space Coast Daily // October 14, 2014
has garnered six GSC weekly awards in 2014
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Tech redshirt freshman quarterback Mark Cato has been named the Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this season.
The Alachua, Florida native has received the award in all but one week this season as Shorter’s Aaron Bryant was the recipient of the award a week ago.
In total, Cato has garnered six GSC weekly awards after being named the Week One offensive player of the week.
The Panther signal caller registered 239 yards and two touchdowns on 20 of 43 passing in Florida Tech’s 33-32 victory over West Alabama Saturday night, while also tallying 11 rushes for 59 yards.
Where Cato really left his mark on the game, though, was on the Panthers’ final drive.
The former Gainesville High School star led Florida Tech on a 77-yard drive in the game’s final 1:41, picking up two crucial first downs on scrambles before connecting with tight end Gabe Hughes in the back of the end zone for the game-winning score with two seconds remaining on the clock.
Valdosta State quarterback Jake Medlock earned offensive player of the week honors, while West Alabama safety Fred Barnes received the defensive award.
Additionally, North Alabama punter/placekicker Taylor Pontius was awarded special teams player of the week laurels.
Florida Tech returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 18 versus North Alabama at Palm Bay High School’s Pirate Stadium in Melbourne. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET. It will mark the Panthers’ Breast Cancer Awareness Game.