The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Toledo Rockets.
No. 92: Toledo Rockets
Spring Practice Starts: March 19
Spring Game: April 14
Toledo Rockets Spring Status
Finally, Toledo got back over the hump and won a MAC Championship with a great 11-win season. It was all amazing until it ended with a crashing thud, getting shut out by Appalachian State 34-0 in the Dollar General Bowl.
And now it’s up to head coach Jason Candle to pick up the pieces and put a team back together after losing star QB Logan Woodside, RB Terry Swanson, and four starters off the offensive line.
The defense needs almost as much retooling, losing two starters up front, LB Ja’Wuan Woodley, and a few parts of the secondary.
This is still going to be among the MAC’s better teams, but it’ll take the entire offseason to put in the right pieces to get there.
Toledo Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Quarterback. Losing Woodside is a problem, and not having around backup Michael Julian isn’t a plus, either. Mitchell Guadagni completed one of his six passes last year with a pick, but the 6-2, 200-pound junior is the odds-on favorite to take over the gig. Eli Peters will be right there in the hunt for the job, but it’ll be a wide open audition.
Toledo Biggest Issue
Pass rush. Toledo hasn’t been able to generate much of one for several years, but last season was a particular problem, coming up with just 22. That was with Ola Adeniyi, who came up with 8.5 before taking off early for the NFL. The Rockets cranked up four in two late games – including the MAC Championship win over Akron – but went quiet for way too many long stretches.
Toledo Biggest Positive
The receiving corps. The quarterback situation might be a concern, but the receivers should be terrific. It starts with getting back Cody Thompson after suffering a broken leg. And now, the top five targets from last year are back, led by Diontae Johnson, who caught 74 passes for 1,278 yards and 13 scores.
Really, Why Are The Toledo Rockets Ranked Here?
They’ll be a lot higher than this before the season after they figure out the offensive line and get the quarterback situation figured out. There’s a lot to like, even with all of the missing parts, but this won’t be the same juggernaut of last year.