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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Toledo Rockets (7-4) (5-2 MAC) are coming off a loss to Northern Illinois last Wednesday, 17-35. On a cold night, Owens completed 19 of 29 passes for 235 yards and 2 touchdowns but threw 2 interceptions and fumbled the ball on the opening play of the game. Russell led the Rocket receiving corps with 5 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown while Reedy caught 4 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. Hunt and Fluellen split RB duties on the night. Hunt rushed for 91 yards on 19 carries and Fluellen rushed for 54 yards on 15 carries. The Huskies offense gained 566 yards on the night.
The Akron Zips (4-7) (3-4 MAC) are coming off a 14-13 win over UMass. QB Pohl completed 20 of 33 for 208 yards and a touchdown. D’Orazio and Bickley each had 6 catches for 82 and 55 yards, respectively. Chisholm had 10 carries for 72 yards and Hundley had 11 carries for 57 yards.
This should be a win for the Rockets. They are better than the Zips across the board. The only concern I see is that after the let down against NIU, the Rockets come out flat and don’t put the game away early. There is still a lot to play for in the season, including a 8-4 regular season record and a chance at a decent bowl game. Since news broke about Fluellen’s leg, we’ll see Hunt and Jones-Moore with the workload in the back field. I hope to see the Rockets run up the score a little bit on the Zips to get that sour taste out of their mouths about the way the NIU game went and what could have been. They have the opportunity to position themselves for a good bowl game match up, but need to take care of business tonight in Akron.
Toledo – 45
Akron – 17
The Zips won their only MAC Championship in 2005 with a record of 7-6 (5-3 MAC).
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Barry Church had 13 tackles as the Cowboys beat the Giants, 24-21.
Bruce Gradkowski DNP as the Steelers beat the Browns, 27-11.
John Greco started at left guard as the Browns lost to the Steelers, 27-11.
Andrew Hawkins DNP as the Bengals were on a bye week.
Brett Kern had 4 punts for an average of 40.8 yards with a long of 49 as the Titans beat the Raiders, 23-19. Kern landed 1 punt inside the 20.
Lance Moore had 2 receptions for 22 yards as the Saints beat the Falcons, 17-13.
Danny Noble had 2 tackles on special teams, as the Jaguars beat the Texans, 13-6.
Eric Page had 2 kick returns for 83 yards with a long of 44 yards, 2 punt returns for 19 yards, and one fumble (not lost) as the Bucs beat the Lions, 24-21.
Stephen Williams was placed on Injured Reserve with an achilles injury and will miss the rest of the season. The Jaguars beat the Texans, 13-6.