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Toledo redshirt senior QB Phillip Ely's eligibility is still a question for the upcoming season.

Ely transferred in from Alabama prior to last season, but tore his ACL in the second game and missed the remainder of the year. The NCAA has yet to rule on his sixth season, meaning Ely requested a redshirt season in 2014. Practice is only one week away and Ely is/was expected to start for Toledo.
Source: The Blade
Aug 3 - 9:38 AM

Toledo senior DT Orion Jones' "motor, quick feet, and explosive hands help him overcome his lack of size inside," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Jones (6-foot-2, 285 pounds) broke out last fall, earning second-team All-MAC honors with 10 TFL and six sacks. "If he gets up to 300 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine and teams believe he can maintain that weight, don't be surprised if he shoots up boards as a 3-4 end or one-gap 4-3 tackle," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 2 - 1:46 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter expects Toledo redshirt senior WR Alonzo Russell's name to "become more prominent in scouting discussions as the season progresses."

"Russell has been voted third-team All-MAC in each of his three seasons for the Rockets, catching more than 50 passes each season," Reuter wrote. "He averages about 15 yards a catch and has scored 19 times. He appears to have very good speed for his size, and certainly has the 'I-want-the-ball' attitude all successful NFL receivers possess." The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Russell has recorded 2,451 receiving yards with 19 touchdowns over the last three years.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 31 - 4:43 PM

Toledo junior RB Kareem Hunt is "maybe the best running back that casual fans don't know much about," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pounder posted 1,631 yards and 16 touchdowns (7.96 yards per carry) in only 10 games last year. "Only Melvin Gordon and Tevin Coleman averaged more than Hunt's 163.1 yards per game, and he ended the year with 265 yards against Bowling Green and 271 in the GoDaddy Bowl vs. Arkansas State," Brown wrote. "He could lead Toledo to its first MAC title since 2004." The analyst ranked Hunt as the No. 86 player in the country. If he stays healthy, Hunt may join the 2k club this fall.
Jul 30 - 5:03 PM

Redshirt junior DT Treyvon Hester could be a "leave early player" for the Toldeo Rockets, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline notes.

"If there is a leave early player presently on Toledo’s roster its Trayvon Hester in my opinion. The junior is a powerful defensive lineman who flashes play making ability. I grade him as a 5th rounder but I always leave wiggle room and could see Hester move into the third round if he improves his game while remaining dominant," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Hester should help solidify the Rockets defense line upfront along side teammate Trent Voss this season. The Toledo prospect was recently named to Phil Steele's preseason second-team All-MAC football team.
Jun 22 - 3:57 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes that the "potential" is there for Toledo redshirt senior WR Alonzo Russell to "move up draft boards."

"He entered his junior season with third round grades on my board and I was told Toledo coaches considered him a "leave early" player. But a disappointing season in 2014, in part due to injury, halted any thought of an early exit to the NFL. Russell can play and he’s got sneaky speed so the potential is there for a move up draft boards," Pauline wrote. The Toledo prospect Russell runs a 4.58 forty and with added bulk to his frame, Russell could be a threat in the red-zone. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Russell has recorded 2,451 receiving yards with 19 touchdowns over the last three years.
Jun 22 - 3:42 PM

Toledo junior RB Kareem Hunt "deserves a lot more love," argues Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Hard to disagree. Hunt, largely unrecognized to this point by the media, ran 205 times for 1,631 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore last year, averaging 7.96 yards per carry. Here's the crazy part: A midseason ankle injury limited him to 10 games (he rushed for over 100 yards in every game that he did play). "The 5-foot-11, 215-pounder has an elusive and explosive skill set that makes him a threat for a big play on every touch, although he's going to have to adjust to an entirely new offensive line," Brown wrote.
Jun 9 - 10:27 PM

Toledo redshirt senior QB Phillip Ely missed the school's spring game while still recovering from a torn ACL.

Ely missed the majority of action last year after suffering the injury in September following his transfer from Alabama. Ely also had minor surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. All indications point to Ely being healthy enough to open the 2015 season as the starter.
Jun 9 - 11:07 AM

Texans signed Toledo C Greg Mancz.

Mancz (6'5/301) made 48 starts for the Rockets, moving from left guard to center as a senior and earning first-team All-MAC honors. Mancz tore a labrum in his shoulder during East-West Shrine practices and was unable to work out before the draft. A technically sound blocker with experience all over the line, Mancz has a chance to develop into a useful "swing" reserve or low-end starter once he gets healthy. He may redshirt his rookie year.
May 3 - 5:45 PM

Toledo G/C Greg Mancz (labrum) met with teams at the school's pro day, but is still unable to work out, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

In January, Mancz underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum suffered during Shrine Game practices. "Mancz will be limited during OTAs, but is expected back to full health by the time camp opens up," Pauline passed along. Mancz draws a wide variety of opinions from the scouting community. While CBS Sports sees him as merely Round 7 fodder, ESPN's Mel Kiper believes he'll be a long-time starter available on Day 3, and Pauline previously tabbed Mancz a potential top 110 pick. All those predictions were made pre-injury, however.
Mar 16 - 9:55 PM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Toledo OLB Junior Sylvestre has met with the Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers.

The Eagles dispatched their LB coach to Sylvestre's pro day workout. At the event, Sylvestre, he hoisted 26 reps on the bench and ran a 4.5 forty. Some stopwatches had him under 4.50. Sylvestre is a thumper graded by CBS as a seventh-round pick. Pauline says he'll be in a camp one way or another.
Mar 16 - 8:41 PM

Toledo OLB Junior Sylvestre was snubbed from the combine, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Although he's smallish for the position and played in the MAC, Sylvestre is a terrific athlete with speed that will test off the charts," Brugler wrote. "However, he won't get a chance to show off his wheels in Indy and will have to wait until his pro day." Sylvestre is a thumper graded by CBS as a seventh-round pick. The 6-foot, 220-pounder has shown "versatility rushing the passer, dropping in coverage and simply being an all-around force, recognizing what the offense wants to do and putting himself in position to make a stop," Brugler previously wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 8 - 9:06 PM

Toledo senior OLB Junior Sylvestre will play in Saturday's College Gridiron Showcase.

Sylvestre is a thumper graded by CBS as a seventh-round pick. The 6-foot, 220-pounder has shown "versatility rushing the passer, dropping in coverage and simply being an all-around force, recognizing what the offense wants to do and putting himself in position to make a stop," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 31 - 1:57 PM

Toledo G/C Greg Mancz (labrum) won't be able to participate in the combine, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Mancz underwent surgery last week to repair a torn labrum suffered during Shrine Game practices. "While he won’t be able to participate in the combine, the timing of the surgery means the Toledo senior will be on target for full recovery by training camp this year," Pauline wrote. "The play occurred during Tuesday’s practice and it was immediately evident Mancz had suffered some type of injury."
Jan 27 - 12:39 AM

Toledo G/C Greg Mancz underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum, which he suffered during East West Shrine practices.

Many expected Mancz to look like one of the best offensive linemen at the event, but his performance was sub-par. Now there is a bit of reasoning. Mancz is a versatile interior blocker who will likely be picked on the third day.
Jan 22 - 9:42 AM


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