Preview 2018: Toledo Rockets. Just How Good Is This Program?

Preview 2018: Toledo Rockets. Just How Good Is This Program?

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Preview 2018: Toledo Rockets. Just How Good Is This Program?

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Best Toledo Offensive Player

WR/KR Diontae Johnson, Jr.
When Cody Thompson went down early, Johnson stepped it up on the was to an all-star season. The 5-11, 181-pounder led the team with 74 catches for 1,278 yards and 13 scores – averaging over 17 yards per grab.

He averaged over 25 yards per punt return, but that’s on one big touchdown against Ball State – he only returned four punts. He mostly stood out as a receiver and kickoff returner, averaging 23 yards per try with a score.

Extremely quick, the former high school quarterback finally got past his injuries and turned into an unstoppable force at times, hitting the 100-yard mark in four games, including a 118-yard, two score performance in the MAC title win over Ohio. He also scored twice on Miami.

With so much receiver talent around, he doesn’t have to do it all, but he’s a proven No. 1 guy.

2. WR Cody Thompson, Sr.
3. WR Jon’Vea Johnson, Sr.
4. RB Shakif Seymour, Soph.
5. PK Jameson Vest, Jr.

Best Toledo Defensive Player

S Khalil Robinson, Jr.
The 6-0, 175-pounder isn’t all that big, but he can hit and he can cover, coming up with 67 tackles with four picks. His two interceptions against Eastern Michigan were game-savers, and his steady play throughout the season was one of the main factors in a solid year for the pass defense.

He’s not going to provide any thump, but he showed he could handle the work at strong safety. The talent and versatility is there to play anywhere in the secondary.

2. S DeDarallo Blue, Jr.
3. LB Tyler Taafe, Sr.
4. S Josh Teachey, Sr.
5. CB Ka’dar Hollman, Sr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

QB Mitchell Guadagni, Jr. 
Or sophomore Eli Peters. This can be a very, very good team with mediocre quarterback play, but it won’t be another 11-win season with a MAC championship unless one of the quarterbacks can rock in place of Logan Woodside, who threw 73 touchdown passes over the last two seasons.

The job is wide open going into the fall camp, but it’s Guadagni who has a little bit of experience, good mobility, and the accuracy to keep the offense moving in a variety of ways. Peters can do that, too, but Guadagni has just a little more to his game.

Key Game To The Toledo Season

at Northern Illinois, Nov. 7
The winner almost certainly goes to the MAC Championship as the West’s representative. Western Michigan is strong – that’s a road game, too – but NIU has the make-up and the talent to make this conference season its own.

Winners of the last two games after dropping six in a row in the series, Toledo gets a week off to prepare – and it’s coming off the game in Kalamazoo against WMU. Take down those two rivalry dates, and it’s back to Detroit.

2017 Toledo Fun Stats

– Penalties: Toledo 106 for 951 yards – Opponents 75 for 711 yards
– Fumbles: Toledo 20 (lost 10) – Opponents 9 (lost 5)
– Punt Returns: Toledo 28 for 305 yards – Opponents 4 for 14 yards

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