2016 Toledo Football Season in Review

The team from the Glass City, The University of Toledo football team, finished their 2016-2017 season with a 9-4 record (6-2) and a birth in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, with three of their four losses coming by a margin of five points or less. This was a very good Toledo team that in my eyes was very close to being one of the best teams in the Group of Five.

Key Games

Arkansas State W, 31-10. Now I know this is the first game of the year and an out-of-conference game against another group of five team, but this is one of the better wins for the Rockets this year. The Red Wolves ended up finishing 8-5 with a share of the Sun Belt title. Quarterback Logan Woodside threw for 371 yards and three touchdowns. The Rockets started off their season 1-0.

Brigham Young  L, 53-55. This was a tough loss for the Rockets, but regardless this was a back and fourth battle in Provo between two solid teams. Toledo and Logan Woodside looked to pass with Woodside throwing for a school record 505 yards and five touchdowns. BYU, on the other hand, stuck to the ground game rushing for a team total six touchdowns.

Northern Illinois W, 31-24. This was a big weeknight game win in Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field. The Rockets had their first win over NIU since 2009. Junior QB Logan Woodside had another stellar performance passing for 286 yards as UT came back from being down 21-10 in the third quarter.

Weeknight #MACtion Games

Thursday, October 27th, 2016 Ohio L, 26-31

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 Akron W, 48-17

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 Northern Illinois W, 31-24

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 Ball State W, 37-19

Friday, November 25th, 2016 Western Michigan L, 35-55

#MACtion record (3-2)

Bowl Game: Appalachian State L, 28-31 

The team from the Glass City was one of all six MAC teams to drop their bowl game. Toledo played a close game with Appalachian State that ended with the Rockets being on the losing end. Toledo had an opportunity to tie the game with a 30-yard field with 1:48 remaining that was missed. Senior running back Kareem Hunt rushed for 120 yards becoming the school’s all-time leading rusher.

Key Players 

Logan Woodside Passed for 4129 yards and ranked seventh overall among FBS quarterbacks. The Junior from Kentucky had a standout season for the Rockets, leading all FBS QB’s with 45 touchdowns. The guy was an absolute stud for UT and should be one of the best MAC offensive players next season. Woodside also was named MAC first team quarterback, ahead of Western Michigan’s Zach Terrell.

Kareem Hunt The senior running back set the all-time rushing record for the University of Toledo finishing with 4,945 yards in his career. According to cbssports.com Hunt is listed as the 9th ranked running back in the draft, and projected to go in the 3rd-4th round. Hunt finished as a MAC offensive first team selection.

Dejuan Rogers A standout defensive back from Cass Tech in Detroit, Rogers has excelled himself into one of the rising stars in the Mid-American Conference. The Junior had a stand-out season earning himself a spot on the MAC defensive second team. Rodgers should continue to improve in his next season with the Rockets.

Recruiting The Rockets finished with the highest ranked recruiting class in the Mid-American Conference. Losing one star running back in Kareem Hunt and signing a hopeful future star in Nicolas Sims. The 5’11” back passed on offers from Alabama and Ole Miss and hopes to make his mark on the Glass City starting next season.

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