Toledo Football: How the Rockets Can Get Back to a Bowl Game in 2014

What Toledo Must Do to Get Back to a Bowl

3/7/14 in NCAAF   |   cteague   |   3 respect

The Toledo Rockets will have to replace a good crop of talent in their 2014 graduating class, two of which are NFL prospects in running back David Fluellen and center Zac Kerin, as well as third-team All-MAC quarterback Terrence Owens. Blog Photo - Toledo Football: How the Rockets Can Get Back to a Bowl Game in 2014

Replacing three key parts of the offense will be difficult for this Rockets team; Fluellen led the team in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and was third in receiving yards, Kerin was a key cog in the offensive line and Owens did not have standout numbers but made the plays when the Rockets needed him to with 18 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. They are also losing their leading receiver next year in Bernard Reedy, who had 840 yards and eight touchdowns. 

What will help this team is that they have a quarterback and a running back that have some on field experience. Their backup quarterback this past year was sophomore Logan Woodside who completed 21-of-31 pass attempts for 240 yards and a touchdown. Although those numbers may not be the best, it will give him something to build off of for this year.

Toledo has two running backs that could compete for the starting job this upcoming season. One will be senior Cassius McDowell and its second-leading rusher from last year, Kareem Hunt. Hunt had 866 yards on the ground with six touchdowns last season. It also returns its second-leading receiver in Alonzo Russell.

Toledo has always been a team that recruits well on the defensive side of the ball, so there seemingly will always be another solid group to fill needs and continue the success.

As with any program, the coaching staff will need to breed these players who were second on the depth chart last season. I don’t think that will be a problem for Matt Campbell and Co., as they are a very experienced staff and know it takes to win in the MAC.

Other than tough matchups against Missouri and Cincinnati, all games in 2014 will be considered winnable for the Rockets if the players can step up to take the place of the players they lost.

Personally, I believe that they could be the only team in the MAC to beat Bowling Green as they are hosting the 2014 version of the Battle of I-75 rivalry. This could be a nine-, maybe 10-win team this year.

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