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[2023] Season in Review: Toledo

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Coach: @Megman

Pre-Season Projection: 8-4

Final Record: 6-6 (3-5), 4th in MAC West 

 

The Rockets definitely had the talent to compete for the West and solidify another year of Bowl Eligibility. But, coaching instability and a sudden disappearing running game sunk this team early and forced them to rally late. They did finish Bowl Eligible, but were the only team to finish so and not get picked to a Bowl Game. It was probably the weirdest year in Rockets history.

 

Schedule

 

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The Rockets went 3-1 against their OOC. They started strong with wins over Kentucky and UNLV. But the wheels shortly came off as they lost 6 straight, including to Central Michigan, Fresno, Ohio, Akron, Western Michigan, and Bowling Green. They then won their last 4 against Ball State, Army, NIU, and Eastern Michigan. A win over Akron or Bowling Green would have surely locked this team to a Bowl Game. Definitely a disappointing year.

 

Key Players

 

QB Mario Pierre SO - 199/349 2,385 Yards 57.02% 14 TD 6 INT 124.22 QB Rating  175 Rush Yards 4 TD

RB Alvin Hines SO - 203 Carry 976 Yards 15 TD 4.81 YPC

WR Prince Malone (JR) - 56 Rec 783 Yards 5 TD 5 Drop

WR Elias Schwartz (JR) - 40 Rec 567 Yards 3 TD 2 Drop

OLB Dennis Jarrett (SR) - 31 Tackle 4 TFL 6.5 Sack 1 FF

ILB Ryan Carr SR - 28 Tackle 2 TFL 1 Sack 1 INT 1 PD

OLB Blake Gauthier SO - 46 Tackle 5 TFL 7 Sack 2 INT 1 FR

SS Cameron Mayes (SR) - 30 Tackle 1 INT 2 PD 1 FF

 

Pierre had another down year. You have to wonder if his job is in jeopardy next year. He doesn't turn the ball over much, but he doesn't make plays either. Alvin Hines had a great start, and then dropped off of a cliff for a few weeks. Then he came on very strong at the end of the year. He's another player who's job may not be his next year. Malone and Schwartz did what they could with the opportunities they're given. In this offense, receivers don't get a ton of opportunities. Dennis Jarrett and Blake Gauthier were possibly the best LB duo in the conference. They combined for 77 Tackles, 9 TFL, 13.5 Sacks while forcing 3 Turnovers. Ryan Carr had a mildly disappointing year, but finished the year strong and made impacts in several different ways. Cameron Mayes lead the secondary, fixing mistakes and creating turnovers.

 

Impact Recruits

 

None

 

Just like Eastern Michigan and Northern Illinois, Toledo had a terrible recruiting class. One thing Toledo was known for historically was great recruiting. @deathcpo is spinning in his coaching grave. They picked up 3.5s at SS and DT, but nowhere else. They still have talent left over from the Death tenure to lean on, but Coach Megman will get the entire season in 2024 to improve on this performance (he came in most of the way through recruiting this year).

 

Season Awards

 

OLB Blake Gauthier - MAC Linebacker of the Year

P Eric Caudill - MAC Punter of the Year

OLB Blake Gauthier - All-MAC, 1st Team

P Eric Caudill - All-MAC, 1st Team

Offensive Line - All-MAC, 2nd Team

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