2014
02.05

National Signing Day saw a group of athletes all across the nation make their commitments to the University of Toledo official. Among the group are athletes from 10 states including 5 recruits from Florida.

Olasunkanmi Adeniyi: Linebacker (Freshman) Houston, TX – George Bush – Highlights

Alex Pfeiffer: Offensive Lineman (Freshman) Cincinnati, OH – Anderson – Highlights

Devin Alexander: Defensive Back (Freshman) St. Louis, MO – Ritenour – Highlights

Brandon Reynolds: Defensive End/Linebacker (Freshman) Solon, OH – Solon – Highlights

Yazeed Atariwa: Defensive Lineman (Freshman) Sterling, VA – Dominion – Highlights

Davi’on Riley: Tight End (Freshman) Lake Wales, FL – Lake Wales – Highlights

Mike Berry: Outside Linebacker (Freshman) Beavercreek, OH – Beavercreek – Highlights

Bernard Rogers: Cornerback (Freshman) Tampa, FL – Plant – Highlights

Dedric Brinson: Cornerback (Freshman) Lake Wales, FL – Lake Wales – Highlights

Mykale Rogers: Wide Receiver (Freshman) Lima, OH – Lima Central Catholic – Highlights

Andrew Davis: Wide Receiver (Freshman) St. Petersburg, FL – Lakewood – Highlights

Noah Spielman: Defensive Lineman (Freshman) Upper Arlington, OH – Upper Arlington – Highlights

Anthony Davis: Linebacker (Freshman) Tampa, FL – Chamberlain – Highlights

Terry Swanson: Running Back (Freshman) Aliquippa, PA – Aliquippa – Highlights

Tre James: Linebacker/Defensive End (Junior) Baltimore, MD – Baltimore City College – Highlights

Cody Thompson: Wide Receiver (Freshman) Huron, OH – Huron – Highlights

Jon’Vea Johnson: Wide Receiver (Freshman) Gary, IN – West Side – Highlights

Bill Weber: Offensive Lineman (Freshman) Coppell, TX – Coppell – Highlights

Trevon Mathis: Cornerback (Freshman) Pittsburgh, PA – Woodland Hills

Marcus Whitfield: Wide Receiver (Freshman) Massillon, OH – Massillon – Highlights

Cameron Mattison: Defensive Back (Freshman) Charlotte, NC – Mallard Creek – Highlights

Jamaal Woodland: Cornerback (Freshman) Lanham, MD – Duval

Richard Olekanma: Linebacker (Freshman) Downers Grove, IL – Downers Grove North – Highlights

2014
01.17

David Fluellen has been chosen to participate in the 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl. The game will be played on Saturday, January 25th at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL.

Straight from UTRockets.com:

Fluellen, who will play on the North squad, finished his Rocket career with 3,336 rushing yards, which ranks fourth all-time at UT. A two-time first-team All-MAC selection, Fluellen rushed for 100 or more yards 13 times in his career. He gained 1,121 yards in 2013 despite missing most of four games due to injuries.

Congrats to Fluellen on being selected to represent the Rockets one final time before moving on.

2014
01.16

The University announced that Toledo will travel to Fayetteville, AR to face the University of Arkansas Razorbacks on Sept. 12, 2015.

Straight from UTRockets.com:

“We are very pleased to add Arkansas to our 2015 football schedule,” said O’Brien. “Arkansas is a program with a long and storied football tradition. We look forward to a great experience in Fayetteville in 2015.”

Arkansas, 3-9 in 2013, plays in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference. Toledo played two SEC teams in 2013 (Florida and Missouri) after never having played a school from the SEC in its first 92 seasons of football.

Good to keep solid programs on our OOC schedule and Arkansas certainly fits that bill. Toledo will have it’s hands full with another SEC program but certainly has a shot in this game if we come prepared.

2014
01.13

The slate of 2014 MAC opponents for the Rockets has been announced — no dates and times yet, but we do know the locations:

Home Games
Ball State
Bowling Green
Central Michigan
UMass

Away Games
Eastern Michigan
Kent State
Northern Illinois
Western Michigan

Toledo will also host Missouri and New Hampshire at the Glass Bowl and will travel to face Cincinnati and Iowa State to complete the non-conference schedule.

2013
12.24

LGR Holiday 2013

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday season from LGR.

Be safe on the roads and good to each other.

Go Rockets!

2013
12.19

The University of Toledo has announced the 2014 Class for the Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame. Among the inductees were two former football players, John Greco and Jalen Parmele. From UTRockets.com:

John Greco, 2004-07

John Greco was a three-time All-MAC selection at left tackle, one of only a handful of Rockets to earn first-team all-league honors in three consecutive seasons. He started 49 consecutive games in his career (every game for four seasons), including 36 straight at left tackle. Twice he was named to the watch list for Rotary Lombardi Award as nation’s best lineman or linebacker. As a freshman, he started in 12 games at right tackle, helping the Rockets to a MAC Championship and a berth in the Motor City Bowl. As a sophomore, he assumed the left tackle position vacated by current Hall of Famer Nick Kaczur and went on to earn first-team All-MAC honors. The Rockets went 9-3 that season and won the GMAC Bowl vs. UTEP. As a junior in 2006, Greco was the team co-captain and started all 13 games at left tackle, earning first-team All-MAC honors. He again earned first-team league honors as a senior, and was a third-team All-America selection by Rivals.com. Greco was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game. The Sporting News ranked him No. 8 offensive tackle in the nation. Greco was selected in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams, the highest draft pick out of UT since Dan Williams was taken in the first round in 1993. After three seasons in St. Louis, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns, where he is a starter at offensive guard.

Jalen Parmele, 2004-07

Jalen Parmele was a first-team All-MAC running back in 2006 and 2007 for the Rockets. As a junior in 2006, Parmele rushed for 1,131 yards and eight touchdowns. He gained more than 100 yards in each of UT’s final four games, including 173 vs. Ball State. As a senior, Parmele rushed for 1,511 yards, ninth in the nation that season and the fourth-highest total in school history. He also scored 14 touchdowns and was third in the balloting for MAC Player of the Year. He rushed for 241 yards on 38 carries in a 43-40 win over Ohio, the third-highest single-game total in UT history. He finished his UT career with 3,119 yards rushing, the fourth-highest mark for a Rocket at the time. After the season, Parmele was invited to the Hula Bowl where he rushed for 46 yards. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by Miami. He has since played for Baltimore, Jacksonville and Tennessee as a kickoff returner and backup running back.

To see the complete list of inductees, head over here. Congrats to Greco and Parmele.

2013
12.16

With Rocket football on the shelf until spring, we wanted to look ahead to the 2014 schedule and see what is a fair expectation for Matt Campbell and next year’s squad. Unfortunately, we will not have a full schedule until the spring (Thanks, MAC) but we can look at the slate of non-conference games as a start for understanding what we’ll face next year.

New Hampshire – August 30, Toledo

  • 2013: 9-4, 6-2 CAA
  • Post season: Currently, NCAA Division I FCS Semifinals

New Hampshire is still going strong well into December. After a solid campaign in the regular season, New Hampshire made the FCS playoffs and beat their first three opponents by a combined score of 106 – 45. IF the Wildcats beat North Dakota St. this weekend, they could move on to face a familiar opponent to Rocket fans: Eastern Washington.

Missouri – September 6, Toledo

  • 2013: 11-2, 7-1 SEC (1st in the SEC East)
  • Bowl: AT&T Cotton Bowl, #8 vs #13 Oklahoma St.
  • 2014 Rivals Recruiting Rank: #31

We all know the story of Missouri in 2013. With former UT coach Gary Pinkel at the helm, Mizzou was one doinked FG away from entering the SEC Championship game undefeated before faultering against Auburn (arguably one of the most talented teams in the country this year). They lose James Franklin but will still have Maty Mauk and looks to be strong against next year if they can keep from letting down after having such a successful and validating season in 2013.

Cincinnati – September 13, Cincinnati

  • 2013: 9-3, 6-2 AAC (3rd in the conference)
  • Bowl: Belk Bowl, vs. North Carolina
  • 2014 Rivals Recruiting Rank: #45

Cincinnati took little time to transition from former head coach Butch Jones to Tommy Tuberville. the Bearcats rolled down the stretch, with the exception of the Louisville game. Expect Cincinnai to be strong again next year but has a hefty out-of-conference schedule with games at OSU and Miami FL. This game will be difficult with the Bearcats playing their best football at home.

Iowa State – September 20, Ames

  • 2013: 3-9, 2-7 Big 12 (9th in the Big 12)
  • Bowl: None
  • 2014 Rivals Recruiting Rank: #50

Iowa State had a tough season in 2013, losing 7 in a row to Big 12 opponents before taking out Kansas and West Virginia to end the season. With 7 home games next season, Iowa State looks to rebound and have a better showing. Though Toledo will have a bevy of new faces on offense, we will certainly have a shot in this one.

2013
12.05

We’re rapidly approaching the bowl season so it’s time to look ahead to see where Toledo might end up for their last game on the 2013 season. Below are a few of the best guesses from sources in-the-know across the college football landscape:


Source Bowl Date Matchup
NationalFootballPost.com Poinsettia Bowl Thu, Dec 26 Boise St vs Toledo
USAToday.com Poinsettia Bowl Thu, Dec 26 Boise St vs Toledo
PhilSteele.com Poinsettia Bowl Thu, Dec 26 Boise St vs Toledo
SBNation.com None - -
Scout.com Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl Mon, Dec 23 Middle Tennessee vs Toledo
ESPN.com (Brad) Poinsettia Bowl Thu, Dec 26 Boise St vs Toledo
ESPN.com (Mark) None - -
CBSSports.com Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Sat, Dec 21 UNLV vs Toledo
TampaBay.com Poinsettia Bowl Thu, Dec 26 San Diego St vs Toledo
Fan IQ.com BBVA Compass Bowl Sat, Jan 1 Mississippi St vs Toledo
SportsIllustrated.com Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Thu, Dec 26 Pittsburgh vs Toledo

If you base your prediction on the list above, it seems like the Poinsettia Bowl is a fairly safe bet. Our opponent, by committee above, would be Boise State (8-4, 6-2 MWC). Toledo has played Boise State twice in recent years – in 2010 and 2011, losing both those contests 14 – 57 and 16 – 40 respectively.

We’ll have to wait and see how the final weekend of college football plays out and where the Rockets will end up. Stay tuned.