Toledo is known for its creative offensive spread and scoring a ton of points on a MACtion-filled Wednesday night. However, its defense—which returns a total of four starters—ranked No. 109 overall in yards allowed (473.2 per game) and No. 67 in points allowed (28.4).
Campbell isn't worried about how the lack of returning starters will affect the development of his and Tom Matukewicz's system, but is excited about the amount of players that took snaps for the Rockets in 2012.
"One of the things we've prided ourselves on on both sides of the football is playing a lot of guys," Campbell told SiriusXM College Sports Nation. "When you look at it defensively this year, the amount of snaps we have back, not just talking starters, but the amount of guys that played for us were put in critical roles for us defensively to be successful. These guys now just need to carry a little bit more.
The first thing most people look for when studying a college football team during the preseason is the number of returning starters. Usually the higher the number, the better chances the team has to improve from the year before.
In Toledo's case, it seems to be the opposite. Over 37 different players saw action on defense last season, and the Rockets only lose seven to graduation. So they may only bring back four starters, but they're still retaining at least 80 percent of its unit to the field for this fall.
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