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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

Toledo redshirt junior WR Alonzo Russell caught three balls for 74 yards and a touchdown in Tuesday's 44-28 victory over Bowling Green.

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline dispatch from last week, Russell came into the year as a top-100 pick but his 2015 struggles have dropped him into Day 3. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder, who came into the campaign with 2,451 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns over the last three years, has 31 catches for 556 yards and five scores.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 11:38:00 PM

Toledo junior RB Kareem Hunt rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries in Tuesday's 44-28 triumph against Bowling Green.

He also accounted for 40 percent of his season's receptions. With two. Yeah, he's not much of a receiver out of the backfield, but we're big fans anyway. Hunt, it has been said, is quick to the hole and smooth through it. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks him as the No. 4 draft-eligible runner in the class. "When on the field [Hunt] is explosive in his cuts and wins inside and outside of the tackles," Norris wrote.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 11:18:00 PM

Toledo junior RB Kareem Hunt rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in Tuesday's 28-23 triumph over Central Michigan.

Toledo's troika of offensive stars -- Phillip Ely, Hunt and Alonzo Russell -- proved to be too much for the Chippewas this evening. Hunt missed two games due to suspension and two more to a hamstring injury earlier this year. He's just now getting going, topping 110 yards in two straight games. We say he's a top-five running back in the draft class.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 11:41:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that Toledo redshirt senior WR Alonzo Russell has "struggled to get his game back on track for a variety of reasons."

"After his sophomore season of 2013, Russell looked like a big time prospect and potential top 100 pick. He was slowed considerably by injury during his junior campaign last year," Pauline writes. On the season, Russell has only hauled in 24 passes for 396 yards. Coming into 2015, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Russell put up 2,451 receiving yards with 19 touchdowns on his career resume. Pauline notes that Russell is now a "late-round" prospect who possesses next-level skills but "must quickly pull it together on the field before teams expend a draft pick for his services."
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 02:47:00 PM

Toledo junior RB Kareem Hunt rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in the school's 32-27 loss to NIU.

It was the performance we had been waiting all season for. Hunt is a future NFL running back and currently ranks in Josh Norris' top five players at the position. His junior year has been rocky thanks to injury and suspension, but Hunt is extremely talented and might not even be 100 percent. It was Toledo's first loss of the season.
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 09:17:00 AM


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