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Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reports that Toledo OC Brian Wright has removed himself as a candidate to be the new WR coach at Michigan.

Feldman reports that former Florida and Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain is still a strong candidate for the position. Wright was also a potential match to be the offensive coordinator at Rutgers, but it looks like he'll be staying with the Rockets for the 2018 season.
Feb 10 - 8:13 PM

Football Scoop reports that Toledo will promote graduate assistant Larry Black to director of player personnel.

Black has served as graduate assistant with the Rockets for the past two seasons. He got his coaching start with Carthage College, where he worked with the team's defensive tackles for the 2015 campaign. He's still in the very early stages of his coaching career.
Feb 1 - 5:43 PM

Florida State redshirt senior OL Brock Ruble transferred to Toledo as a graduate.

Ruble (6'8/320) was a three-star recruit in Jimbo Fisher's 2014 class. He started six games at right tackle for the 2015 season and seven games at the same position for the 2016 season. While he did not work as a starter during the most recent campaign, Ruble did see the field in 10 games working at both guard and tackle in 2017. He's entering a prime spot for playing time with Toledo, as the Rockets are losing three starters on the line in Elijah Nkansah and Brant Weiss (both tackles) and Nate Jeppesen (center/guard).
Source: The Blade
Jan 25 - 1:37 PM

Toledo QB Logan Woodside completed 6-of-12 passes for 68 yards with an interception in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Woodside's day got off to a rough start, as he threw an interception on the game's first play. After that, he was better -- because it literally can't get worse -- but still didn't show the accuracy he did for most of 2017 in leading Toledo to a MAC Championship. Teams will give Woodside a look because of his production (73 touchdowns the last two years), but he didn't do much to suggest he's going to be drafted on Saturday. Hopefully the tape in practice was better for his sake.
Jan 20 - 7:58 PM

Toledo senior QB Logan Woodside accepted an invitation to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Woodside was awful Toledo's bowl loss to Appalachian State with three interceptions, but he did lead the Rockets to a MAC championship, and he threw for 73 touchdowns the last two years including 45 as a junior. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound quarterback is currently viewed by most pundits as a developmental prospect, but because of his production, he's going to be heavily scouted and could end up a late-round prospect to watch for.
Jan 16 - 12:08 AM

Football Scoop reports that Toledo OC Brian Wright is a candidate for the offensive coordinator opening at Rutgers.

The Rutgers opening comes after Jerry Kill resigned from the position in December due to health concerns. Wright served as offensive coordinator for the Rockets the last two years, and prior to that was offensive coordinator at Florida Atlantic. Toledo was one of the better offensive teams in college football the last two years, and Rutgers ranked near the bottom in virtually every category in the Big Ten.
Jan 4 - 6:50 PM

Toledo junior edge rusher Olasunkanmi Adeniyi will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Adeniyi (6'2/250) was reported as leaning toward the draft earlier this month. That came through. He posted 62 tackles (19.5 for loss) and eight sacks in this, his final season of collegiate ball. As for his stock prospects for the spring, he's a natural football player who will likely face questions regarding his measurables during the evaluating process over the coming months. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline is keen enough on him that he sees a Day 2 (Rds. 2-3) selection as reasonable.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 07:21:00 PM

Toledo senior WR Cody Thompson will exercise his fifth year of eligibility and return to the team for the 2018 season.

Thompson (6'2/200) exploded to the tune of 64 catches for 1,269 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016. He was on his way to another stellar season this year, but a broken leg sustained in a win over Eastern Michigan on Oct. 7 sidelined him for the remainder of the campaign. He opened the current season with four consecutive 100-yard showings before that leg injury cut matters short.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 01:14:00 PM

Toledo senior RB Terry Swanson carried the ball 11 times for 44 yards while hauling in three passes for 26 yards in a 34-0 loss on Saturday against Appalachian State in the Dollar General Bowl.

Swanson was one of the most productive backs in the country regardless of conference in 2017, but was completely held in check by the impressive Mountaineer defense in this one. He still finishes with over 1,300 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns, and he was effective as a receiver at times in his career, as well. He doesn't have elite speed or size, but he's a potential late-round pick that just might surprise if given the opportunity.
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 10:34:00 PM

Toledo senior QB Logan Woodside completed 16-of-29 passes for 124 yards with three interceptions in a 34-0 loss to Appalachian State in the Dollar General Bowl on Saturday.

It's a disappointing end to what was a very productive career at Toledo for Woodside. After having just three interceptions coming into the MAC Championship, he threw five picks combined in his last two outings. Even with the struggles, Woodside still has a great chance of being a late-round pick because of his production and accuracy throwing the football. Just how high he goes will depend on how he performs in postseason events.
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 10:29:00 PM

Toledo signed uncommitted three-star 2018 QB Carter Bradley.

Bradley (6'3/208) might not have a rocket launcher attached to his arm like some of the more elite quarterback prospects in this class, but he makes up for that lack of overt athleticism with a smart approach to the game. He's particularly adept at quickly diagnosing situations on the field and -- while not an outright burner on the ground -- offers enough shiftiness in the pocket that he shouldn't be considered a statue. Louisville, Ole Miss and Pitt were also chasing after Bradley's signature before he threw his lot in with Toledo.
Source: 247Sports
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 06:17:00 PM

Toledo HC Jason Candle received a new six-year contract that will keep him with the Rockets through 2023.

While the amount hasn't been announced yet, it's believed the new deal will make Candle the highest paid coach in the MAC. He was a hot name in the coaching market this year after leading Toledo to a MAC championship and an 11-2 record. The championship is the first time that they've won the conference since 2004. The Rockets have gone 21-6 under Candle's leadership since taking over in 2015.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 04:56:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline refers to Toledo junior edge rusher Olasunkanmi Adeniyi as "scheme-limited."

While Pauline questions Adeniyi's versatility and also his measurables, the analyst notes that the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder is "a natural pass rusher who quickly gets off the ball and shows the ability to bend off the edge." Pauline -- who believes that Adeniyi is worthy of a Day 2 selection -- reported earlier this week that the Toledo junior is currently leaning toward declaring for the draft.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 06:04:00 PM

According to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, Toledo junior edge rusher Olasunkanmi Adeniyi is leaning towards entering the 2018 NFL Draft.

Adeniyi (6'2/250) has been one of the key reasons for Toledo winning the MAC championship, and finished his regular season with 8.5 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss and 63 tackles; a very high number for an edge rusher. Pauline believes the biggest issue for the defender right now is his size -- his listed 6-foot-2 height might be a (severe) overestimation -- but still sees him being a 2nd or third-round selection if he does enter the draft.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 06:40:00 PM

Toledo redshirt junior WR Jon'Vea Johnson caught 6 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown in the school's 45-28 win over Akron on Saturday to win the MAC title.

This was the second time Toledo faced Akron this season, and bother included 100 yard efforts by Johnson. The coaching carousel is not over, so Jason Candle could be on the move, but if he stays look for Jon'Vea and Diontae Johnson to post big seasons in 2018.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 04:31:00 PM


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