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Toledo WR Alonzo Russell will take part in the Redskins local prospect day on Tuesday.

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson sniffed out Russell's invite to the local prospect day. In addition to the Redskins kicking his draft tires, the Cowboys and Patriots have reportedly put the 6-foot-4, 206-pound receiver through his workout paces. He also dined with the Packers in mid-March. For the 2015 campaign, he caught 36 passes for 618 yards and five touchdowns. Day 3 is likely the highest Russell will rise in next week's big bonanza in Chicago.
Apr 18 - 2:56 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson hears that the Texans have shown interest in Toledo DT Orion Jones.

During Pro Day festivities, Jones managed the 40-yard dash in 5.37 seconds, logged 27 reps on the bench press and jumped upwards to the tune of 29 inches in the vertical leap. Last season, he recorded 46 tackles (12 for loss) and six sacks. Back in October, NFL Media's Chad Reuter tabbed him as a potential third or fourth-round draft selection, though his name has faded to some degree during the draft process.
Apr 16 - 2:10 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports that the Dallas Cowboys scheduled a meeting with Toledo WR Alonzo Russell this week.

Oddly, reports haven't actually indicated when this Cowboys-Russell meeting will take place -- or, for that matter, if it has already occurred. Suffice it to say, the Cowboys have shown interest in the 6-foot-4, 206-pound wideout. They aren't alone. Last Friday, he dined with the Packers. Russell tested decently at the NFL Scouting Combine (4.54 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 7.18 in the three-cone drill, 4.33 in the short shuttle), though his 36-618-5 receiving line from 2015 leaves a bit to be desired. Should his name be called in the draft, that likely won't happen until Day 3.
Mar 26 - 4:16 PM

National Football Post's Aaron Wilson reports that Toledo WR Alonzo Russell had dinner with the Packers on Friday.

Russell's name hasn't surfaced a ton from the fingertips of national draft analysts, but at the NFL Scouting Combine, the 6-foot-4, 206-pounder performed respectably--if unspectacularly--and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds, the three-cone drill in 7.18 seconds and the short shuttle in 4.33 seconds. Last season, he caught 36 passes for 618 yards and five scores. TFY Draft Insider has tabbed him as a potential Day 3 selection.
Mar 19 - 5:18 PM

Toledo hired Florida quality control specialist Marquel Blackwell to serve as RB coach.

Blackwell comes in to replace Anthony Johnson, who had been coaching up the Rocket running backs before he opted to take a job with HC Charlie Strong at Texas. In a statement, HC Jason Candle said, "Marquel is an impressive young coach with a wide range of experiences on the offensive side of the ball. We are looking forward to his contributions to our very talented group of running backs. He also has an extensive background in the state of Florida, which is one of our primary recruiting areas outside of Ohio."
Mar 8 - 11:43 PM

Toledo junior RB Kareem Hunt has elected to return to school for the 2016 season rather than enter the NFL draft.

Hunt missed a few games this season due to suspension and then due to injury. He was outstanding for the final four games of the regular season, after recovering from a nagging hamstring injury. When 100 percent, Hunt was one of the best ball carriers in this year's draft class. That might not be the case next year with a large number of juniors expected to declare. He rushed for 978 yards and 12 touchdowns on just 178 carries this season.
Jan 14 - 10:21 AM

WTOL-11's Jordan Strack reports that Toledo has hired former FAU OC Brian Wright to serve in the same capacity.

Wright, who had acted as FAU's offensive coordinator each of the past four seasons, was fired in early December. In 2013, he served a four-game stint as interim HC after Carl Pellini stepped down. He won all four of those games and was in consideration to replace Pellini on a permanent basis before the job ultimately went to Charlie Partridge. With Toledo, Wright will be replacing Jason Candle, who was recently promoted to Rockets' head coach after Matt Campbell took the vacant job at Iowa State.
Jan 11 - 8:21 PM

Toledo redshirt junior WR Alonzo Russell has accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

In a bit of a Benjamin Button act, Russell posted his best yardage total in his redshirt freshman season back in 2012. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder recorded a 56-960-5 line in that year. Flash forward to this season, when he finished with 36 catches for 618 yards and five touchdowns. He did average a career-best 17.2 yards per reception. While his production's dropped on the whole, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline indicated in early November that Russell still has the skills to succeed at the next level, though the lack of production's done his draft stock no favors. Pauline labeled him as a potential Day 3 selection.
Jan 3 - 9:06 PM

The Des Moines Register's Tommy Birch reports that Iowa State will hire Toledo DC Jon Heacock to serve in the same capacity.

Expect an announcement in the coming days. Heacock's worked as Toledo's defensive coordinator and safeties coach for the last two seasons. Under the 55-year-old's watch this past season, the Rockets ranked first in the MAC in terms of scoring defense, surrendering an average of 20.8 points per game. In addition to his sterling work as a coordinator, he held a 60-44 record as head coach of Youngstown State from 2001-2009.
Jan 3 - 2:37 AM

Toledo redshirt senior QB Phillip Ely was tremendous in the Rockets’ 32-17 win against Temple in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday, earning a stellar +5.5 grade from PFF.

Ely went 20-for-28 with no turnovers, throwing for 285 yards and two touchdowns. He completed 6-of-10 passes 10 or more yards downfield, the flashiest of which was an 80-yarder to Cody Thompson. Taking out spikes and dropped passes, Ely was accurate on 74.1 percent of his throws and averaged 11.3 yards per attempt when not under pressure, per PFF.
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 04:40:00 PM

Toledo junior RB Kareem Hunt rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in Tuesday's 32-17 victory over Temple in the Boca Raton Bowl.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound junior chipped in three catches for six yards. Hunt missed four games this year (one was canceled, an injury and a suspension accounted for the other three) but managed to post 976 rushing yards and 12 ground scores on 5.5 YPC. We rank Hunt as a top-five RB prospect and expect him to declare for the draft.
Source: Rotoworld
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 04:25:00 PM

Toledo redshirt senior QB Phillip Ely's appeal for a sixth year of eligibility was denied by the NCAA.

Ely's collegiate career is officially over following Tuesday's night's 32-17 Marmot Boca Raton Bowl win over Temple. Ely signed with Alabama in 2011, redshirted his first year and transferred to Toledo in 2013. The signal caller thought he had a case to gain another year because his first season at Alabama was wrecked by a back injury.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 03:02:00 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler noted that Toledo junior RB Kareem Hunt boasts a "quicker-than-fast run style."

"He's not an explosive start-stop athlete," wrote Brugler, "but runs with balance, patience and controlled feet to pick his way through a crowd and control his momentum on the move." The 5-foot-11, 215-pound junior's currently sitting on 894 rushing yards (5.5 YPC) and 10 touchdowns. Those numbers were knocked down due to the four games Hunt missed with injury/suspension. He'll look to pad them out against Temple in Tuesday's Boca Raton Bowl.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 05:08:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Toledo junior RB Kareem Hunt "has been and will be meeting with agents."

We'd be shocked if Hunt doesn't declare. Rotoworld's Josh Norris is one of Hunt's biggest fans, ranking the Rocket star as the No. 4 draft-eligible RB. "When on the field is explosive in his cuts and wins inside and outside of the tackles," he wrote. Hunt has been dealing with a nagging hamstring injury since September.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 04:32:00 PM

Toledo junior RB Kareem Hunt rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in the school's 35-30 loss to Western Michigan.

Hunt has put together four solid games in a row and looks like an NFL caliber running back. He does look a bit less explosive after missing time with a hamstring, but the fact that he still shows burst and aggression is a strong positive. We'd expect Hunt to declare for this spring's draft.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 03:59:00 PM


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