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Toledo senior RB Kareem Hunt rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in Saturday's 52-17 win over Fresno State.

Hunt scored on a seven-yard run early in the second quarter. While his long run went for a modest 16 yards, he repeatedly gouged the Bulldogs with medium gains. The 5-foot-11, 215-pounder finished off the afternoon averaging 6.4 YPC. This was his first 100-yard rushing effort of the current campaign. Five of his 10 games last season saw him surpass the century mark.
Sep 17 - 6:53 PM

On Saturday against Arkansas State, Toledo senior RB Kareem Hunt showed off "improved quickness, burst and agility," per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Toledo coaches and NFL scouts were not happy with Hunt’s conditioning entering the 2015 campaign but it looks as though he’s ready for his senior season," Pauline wrote. "His pass catching out of the backfield and ability to make important receptions far from the line of scrimmage was also attractive." Hunt was a monster in 2014 but took a step back during last year's frustrating campaign, rushing for 978 yards and 12 touchdowns on just 178 carries. We're big fans.
Sep 9 - 9:35 PM

Toledo senior RB Kareem Hunt turned 17 carries into 78 yards and a touchdown in the school's 31-10 win over Arkansas State.

The scoring run was just from one yard out, and Hunt added another 26 yards on four catches. The running back has been at Toledo since the 2013 season, and we are a bit surprise he did not declare for the 2016 draft. There's talent there, and Hunt just turned 21 years old.
Sep 3 - 9:39 AM

Toledo senior S DeJuan Rogers recorded Pro Football Focus' highest safety coverage grade (+15.9) last year despite playing in only 10 games.

Not only that, but Rogers was one of only three safeties to make every tackle he attempted in coverage. Overall, he made 68-of-70 tackling attempts, which was the No. 2 tackling efficiency number in the country. PFF lists Rogers as the No. 80 player in college football.
Jul 9 - 2:11 PM

Virginia Tech graduate DB Desmond Frye transferred to Toledo.

Frye appeared in 38 games during his career at Virginia Tech, including four starts last season. He finished the 2015 campaign with 25 tackles and an interception. The 6-foot-2, 197-pounder has one year of eligibility remaining. He earned a medical hardship waiver for his true junior season after being forced to undergo shoulder surgery.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 30 - 3:43 PM

Toledo suspended redshirt senior LB Jaylen Coleman, senior DT Marquise Moore and sophomore LB Anthony Davis for the first two games of the season for "violations of athletic department policy."

Coleman and Moore are projected starters. Coleman was on the field for 70 percent of the school's defensive snaps (when healthy) last season, and Moore was active for 21 percent of snaps on the interior. All three players will miss contests against Arkansas State and Maine, and will return against Fresno State.
Source: The Blade
Jun 29 - 10:29 AM

2016 early QB enrollee Eli Peters announced he is already transferring to Toledo.

Peters committed to play under Tim Beckman and Bill Cubit, but with the coaching staff changes and Lovie Smith taking over, Peters was joining a program he technically did not sign up for. Peters will need to sit out the 2016 season.
Jun 15 - 10:14 AM

Bengals signed Toledo WR Alonzo Russell.

Russell (6'4/206) was a four-year starter and four-time All-MAC pick for the Rockets, capping his career with 202 catches for 3,076 yards (15.2 YPR) and 24 touchdowns. Although he ran a respectable 4.54 forty in Indy, Russell's athletic limitations showed up in the vertical (29 1/2") and broad (9'4") jumps. Russell looks the part with a big body and 33 7/8-inch arms, but he frustrated on film with inconsistent effort and struggles versus press-man coverage. Russell was an effective lower-level college wideout whose game is unlikely to translate.
May 5 - 2:30 PM

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


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