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.

2013
12.04

Congratulations are due for Jeremiah Detmer on being named the MAC Special Teams Player of the Year. Straight from the MAC-Sport.com website:

Detmer, a native of Hillard, Ohio, led the MAC in field goals and field goal percentage by making 19 of 20 field goals this season for a 95.0 percentage. Detmer had 101 total points on the year, including 44 of 45 converted PATs. Detmer has converted 13 consecutive field goals and over the past two seasons has been successful on 36 of his last 37 field goal attempts.

The kicking game is often overlooked when things are going well, but when it’s bad, everyone is buzzing about it. Thankfully, that’s been far from the minds of Rocket fans because Detmer has been so consistent over the past three years. Detmer was limited his freshman year but in three years still managed to amass 232 points by hitting hit 48 FGs (55 attempted – 87%) and made 88 extra points attempts (92 attempted – 96%). Detmer leads the MAC in kickoff average (62.28 yards), touchbacks (38) and touchback percentage (50%) also.

It’s not often a program enjoys the proficiency or consistency that Detmer has brought to the team over the past few years and this isn’t something that should be overlooked going into next season as well. Interesting to see what kind of season Detmer has next year and how he helps groom the next generation of kicker to take over after him. Detmer may get a chance to pad his stat line a little more in a bowl game yet this season. Congrats again and Go Rockets!

2013
12.04

The MAC announced their post season All-MAC teams and 11 Rockets were among the honorees:

All-MAC First Team
Running Back – David Fluellen
Placekicker – Jeremiah Detmer
Inside Linebacker – Junior Sylvestre
Down Lineman – Jayrone Elliott

All-MAC Second Team
Center – Zac Kerin
Offensive Lineman – Greg Mancz
Wide Receiver – Bernard Reedy

All-MAC Third Team
Quarterback – Terrance Owens
Offensive Lineman – Jeff Myers
Wide Receiver – Alonzo Russell
Down Lineman – Treyvon Hester

To see the entire list of All-MAC players, head over here.

Toledo had a strong showing this year (bested only by Ball State with 15). These athletes demonstrated their skill and talent on the field and are commended for their dedication to he program on and off the field. Congrats to the 11 athletes honored on these teams and we look forward to seeing them in action again one more time this season.

2013
12.03

Barry Church had 8 tackles as the Cowboys beat the Raiders, 31-24.

Bruce Gradkowski DNP as the Steelers lost to the Ravens, 22-20.

John Greco started at left guard as the Browns lost to the Jaguars, 32-28. Greco also recorded a tackle after a fumble.

Andrew Hawkins caught 3 passes for 65 yards as the Bengals beat the Chargers, 17-10. Here is Hawkins 50 yard catch and run from the game.

Brett Kern had 6 punts for an average of 37 yards with a long of 50 as the Titans lost to the Colts, 22-14. Kern landed 4 punt inside the 20.

Lance Moore had 2 catches for 12 yards as the Saints lost to the Seahawks, 34-7.

Danny Noble did not record a stat as the Jaguars beat the Browns, 32-28.

Eric Page had 1 kick return for 26 yards as the Bucs lost to the Panthers, 27-6.

Stephen Williams was placed on Injured Reserve with an achilles injury on November 23rd and will miss the rest of the season. The Jaguars beat the Browns, 32-28.