Tag Archive: Toledo


Terrance Owens, QB, Toledo: Owens was very impressive to me in this game. He has good size at 6’4” but is extremely skinny at only 180 pounds. He needs to add weight to continue to hold up, but he has a pretty live arm. He threw some absolute strikes down the seam in this game and surprised me with his arm talent very early and often. He threw for 2,022 yards on only 230 attempts, completing 166 of them for a 72.2% completion rate. He produced 18 passing scores and only 3 interceptions on the year along with 209 rushing yards and 1 more touchdown. He’s definitely got upside and while his accuracy wasn’t perfect he definitely flashed some quality ball placement. I was pretty frustrated with Toledo because they continued alternating quarterbacks even though Owens was clearly playing much better. Hopefully he had done enough this year to secure the starting job outright in the future.

Adonis Thomas, RB, Toledo: I was quite impressed with Thomas. I had never seen him play before this game but he displayed draftable ability to me in this game. He isn’t a big back as he is listed at 5’10”, 185 pounds but power isn’t necessarily his game. He’s got pretty impressive burst and speed and a listed 40 yard dash time of 4.45. He missed three full games this year and only had one carry in the previous game against Syracuse, but in the other 9 games he managed 170 carries, 1,063 yards and 12 TD’s rushing. He added 31 receptions, 350 yards and 1 touchdown catching passes out of the backfield. I think he has the potential to be a late round pick, but more than likely he will be a fringe draft prospect that either goes in the 7th round or catches on as an undrafted free agent. I like him though, and I think if he adds weight he can contribute quite positively to a rotation.

Eric Page, WR, Toledo: Page was obviously the star of this game and the best NFL Draft prospect as well. He’s only a junior and I would expect him to return for his senior season (as I think he should) but he has NFL aspirations without a doubt. He was insanely productive this year as he totaled 125 receptions, 1,182 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving. He is also a very dangerous return man both on kick-offs and punts as he produced 856 kickoff return yards (25.18 average) and one touchdown as well as 196 punt return yards (10.89) and another touchdown. He is the heart and soul of Toledo’s offense and should remain that way next year as well. He isn’t the biggest player at only 5’10”, 192 pounds and doesn’t have elite straight line speed as evidenced by his 4.53 40 yard dash time. However, he is very quick, has great hands, and it takes a special player to be the go-to guy for his team on offense and as a special teams ace. He does that for Toledo, and that is why he is a quality 2013 NFL prospect.

Mike Vandermeulen, OT, Toledo: I don’t know a whole lot about Vandermeulen (other than the fact that he has a pretty awesome name) but he is a lesser known offensive tackle prospect for Toledo. I’m not sure if he has draftable ability beyond late round consideration but he has NFL size at 6’7”, 304 pounds and has enough athleticism to project to the tackle position. I’m not sure he will be able to stick at LT as of now, but I think he has enough ability to play on the right side. He has long arms which helps and doesn’t seem to be a waist bender and has solid fundamentals. Obviously he could stand to get stronger and add weight to his frame which would help him stop bull rushers and would help him create a more substantial push in the run game. Because he is so tall he has issues with leverage which hurts him, but that can be improved to some degree with coaching. I don’t think he will end up at the East-West Shrine Game, but he seems like a possible Texas vs. the Nation candidate.

Desmond Marrow, S, Toledo: Marrow stuck out to me as a very impressive tackler and while he lined up at CB more than he did at safety in this one I think his upside is higher at safety. He has NFL size at 6’2”, 210 pounds and because of his impressive tackling I think he warrants UDFA consideration without a doubt. He may not get drafted though he does have a solid 4.54 40 yard dash time as well as 83 total tackles (51 solo), 1.5 TFL, 1 forced fumble, 3 interceptions and a staggering 15 pass break-ups. He’s not an elite prospect by any means, but he can be a valuable special teamer and I think he can develop into a pretty reliable back-up safety with time and coaching.

Tim Jefferson, QB, Air Force: Jefferson isn’t much of a NFL Draft prospect at QB as he stands only 6’0” tall, though he does weigh a solid 205 pounds. He ran the option at Air Force but demonstrated some ability to pass the ball in this game showing quality arm strength but struggling with ball placement as many option quarterbacks tend to do. However, he produced over 2,000 yards of total offense this year as well as 25 touchdowns (14 passing, 11 rushing) and may be of some value as a running back in the NFL. I think he may end up in a lower level league such as the CFL, UFL or perhaps even the AFL. But he did lead Air Force to four straight bowl games which is something very few quarterbacks can say. If he’s going to stick on a NFL roster it will be as a UDFA, but he showed enough ability to warrant a mention in my prospect recap, so that’s something!

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1- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama*: Grade: Top 15 Overall
2- Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin*: Grade: Early 2nd Round
3- Lamar Miller, RB, Miami*: Grade: Early 2nd Round
4- David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech*: Grade: Early 2nd Round
5- LaMichael James, RB, Oregon*: Grade: Early/Mid 2nd round
6- Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple*: Grade: 3rd round
7- Dennis Johnson, RB, Arkansas*: Grade: 3rd round
8- Doug Martin, RB, Boise State: Grade: 3rd/4th round
9- Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State*: Grade: 3rd/4th round
10- Dan Herron, RB, Ohio State: Grade: 4th round
11- Tauren Poole, RB, Tennessee: Grade: 4th round
12- Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati: Grade: 4th/5th round
13- Brandon Bolden, RB, Mississippi: Grade: 5th round
14- Chris Rainey, RB, Florida: Grade: 5th round
15- Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State: Grade: 5th/6th round
16- Jeff Demps, RB, Florida: Grade: 6th round
17- Davin Meggett, RB, Maryland: Grade: 6th round
18- Bobby Rainey, RB, Western Kentucky: Grade: 6th/7th round
19- Marc Tyler, RB, Southern Cal: Grade: 7th round
20- Lennon Creer, RB, Louisiana Tech: Grade: 7th round
21- Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor: Grade: 7th round/UDFA
22- Antwon Bailey, RB, Syracuse: Grade: 7th round/UDFA
23- Adonis Thomas, RB, Toledo: Grade: 7th round/UDFA
24- Victor Anderson, RB, Louisville: Grade: 7th round/UDFA
25- Ryan Houston, RB, North Carolina: Grade: UDFA

Bowl Predictions:

New Mexico Bowl- Brigham Young (6-6) vs UTEP (6-6)

Predicted winner: BYU

Why: BYU is surging into the bowl season after a slow start to the season while UTEP started strong and backed into the bowl season by finishing with just one victory in their last six games.

Key to the game: UTEP’s senior QB Trevor Vittatoe is the key to UTEP’s potential victory. In the last six games, of which they lost five, Vittatoe threw eight interceptions and only five touchdowns. Three of those five touchdowns came in their only victory against SMU. If Vittatoe can have an efficient game against BYU then UTEP could be poised for an “upset” of sorts.

Score: BYU: 24 – UTEP: 13

Humanitarian Bowl- Northern Illinois (10-3) vs Fresno State (8-4)

Predicted winner: NIU

Why: Despite losing their coach NIU is one of the best running teams in the country, and that running game should help their QB Chandler Harnish find passing lanes, especially with play action.

Key to the game: NIU’s QB Chandler Harnish. I was tempted to name their RB Chad Spann the key player in this game, but Harnish’s ability to throw efficiently (2,230 yards, 64.7% comp and 20 TD’s to only 5 INT’s this season) along with his ability to gain yards with his legs (764 yards and 5 TD’s) he needs to perform well and threaten Fresno State with his arm and his legs for them to win this game. If he plays efficiently they have a great chance to win.

Score: NIU: 31 – FSU: 21

New Orleans Bowl- Ohio (8-4) vs Troy (7-5)

Predicted winner: Troy

Why: Troy’s QB Corey Robinson may turn the ball over a fair amount, but he was productive with 3,300+ yards, 24 TD’s and 15 INT’s. Ohio’s QB Boo Jackson managed only 15 TD’s and 16 INT’s comparatively. Troy is a little more one dimensional with the pass, whereas Ohio’s offense is more balanced but not as explosive. This could be a bit of a sloppy game because both QB’s are relatively prone to turnovers.

Key to the game: Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy. Jernigan has had three consecutive seasons with 70+ receptions for Troy and has again been a favorite target of freshman QB Corey Robinson. He is an explosive receiver, and if he can get behind Ohio’s secondary he could have a big game. If they keep him relatively contained he could still have an impact because of his reliable hands.

Score: Troy: 34 – Ohio: 31

St. Petersburg Bowl- Southern Miss (8-4) vs Louisville (6-6)

Predicted winner: Louisville

Why: Louisville has a balanced offensive attack that has enabled them to go from QB to QB depending on injuries and still have relative success. Their defense is much stronger overall than it was when Petrino was there, so if they can muster a balanced attack against Southern Miss they should have a good chance to win. It will be interesting to see how their defense holds up against Southern Miss.

Key to the game: Bilal Powel, RB, Louisville. Powel is the heart of their offense and he is the feature back of their offense. When Powel has 90+ yards and one or more touchdowns Louisville has won or been in very close games in every week, so if he plays well Louisville tends to be in a position win.

Score: Louisville: 24 – Southern Miss: 20

Las Vegas Bowl- Utah (10-2) vs Boise State (11-1)

Predicted winner: Boise State

Why: I personally think Utah is very overrated, but besides that Boise State is a very balanced team. They have a great passing attack led by Kellen Moore, one of the most efficient and accurate passers in the country, as well as an underrated running game led by Doug Martin. Their defense is as good as it has ever been, and between that and their juggernaut offense I think Utah will be over-matched.

Key to the game: Utah’s running game. If Utah can run the ball and sustain drives it will keep Boise State’s high-powered offense on the sideline. If they try to get into a shootout with the Broncos they will lose, so they have to try to slow the pace of the game down in my opinion.

Score: Boise State: 45 – Utah: 24

Poinsettia Bowl- Navy (9-3) vs San Diego State (8-4)

Predicted winner: San Diego State

Why: San Diego State is a more balanced attack than Navy. They have two talented WR’s in Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson, a quality passing QB in Ryan Lindley and a quality running back to rely on in the running game. Navy’s offense revolves around their QB Ricky Dobbs. He is their best passer as well as their leading rusher for Navy, but San Diego’s run defense may be capable of slowing him down. If they do, and if they get ahead of Navy, they may not have the offensive firepower to play from behind.

Key to the game: Ricky Dobbs. If he plays well, helps control the clock and keeps San Diego State’s offense off the field then Navy can win. But if San Diego State slows him and Navy’s offense down then San Diego State will have an easier time winning this game.

Score: San Diego State: 31 – Navy: 17

Hawai’i Bowl- Hawai’i (10-3) vs Tulsa (9-3)

Predicted Winner: Hawai’i

Why: The Golden Warriors have an extremely potent passing offense like they always seem to have, but this time around they have a quality running game to attempt to balance out their high-powered offensive attack. Tulsa has a potent offense as well, but I don’t think they can win in a shootout with Hawai’i, hence why I give them the advantage.

Key to the game: Defense. It might sound simple, but whichever defense plays better overall will give that team a substantial advantage. Both have pretty good defensive backfields, so if one of them steps up and potentially creates some turnovers that team would gain an advantage.

Score: Hawai’i: 45 – Tulsa: 31

Little Caesars Bowl- FIU (6-6) vs Toledo (8-4)

Predicted winner: Toledo

Why: Toledo’s QB’s are much more efficient than FIU’s, even their redshirt freshman Terrance Owens who stepped in after their original starter, Austin Dantin, went down to injury. Toledo also played better competition and I think they are more prepared for this bowl game than FIU.

Key to the game: Terrance Owens, QB, Toledo- If Owens continues to play efficiently like he has since stepping into the spotlight then Toledo stands a great chance to win. But if he plays like an inexperienced freshman then Toledo will be in trouble.

Score: Toledo: 31 – FIU: 20

Independence Bowl- Air Force (8-4) vs Georgia Tech (6-6)

Predicted winner: Georgia Tech

Why: Georgia Tech’s defense is fast enough to slow down Air Force’s ground attack, and I think they are disciplined enough to do so also. But I am not sure Air Force is up to stopping Georgia Tech’s offense. Both teams are great at running the football, but ironically it might come down to whoever hits on a deep ball or two who comes away with a victory. I think that Georgia Tech has that potential with Stephen Hill.

Key to the game: Josh Nesbitt. Nesbitt is an interesting key to the game because he may or may not play as a result of his injury suffered in early November. He has not yet been cleared by doctors, but if he is healthy enough to go I would be shocked if he doesn’t play. He is the heart of Georgia Tech’s rushing attack and without him they just aren’t as effective. If he plays Air Force will have a lot to stop.

Score: Georgia Tech: 27 – Air Force: 21

Champs Sports Bowl- West Virginia (9-3) vs NC State (8-4)

Predicted Winner: West Virginia

Why: West Virginia’s offense is potent and it is led by sophomore Geno Smith who has had an extremely efficient season. Their offense is explosive and can score quickly or piece together a methodical drive with a dose of Noel Devine and Ryan Clark running the ball. NC State has a quality QB and a couple of nice receivers to throw to, but West Virginia’s defense is great at rushing the passer and I think they will force Russell Wilson into a couple potential mistakes.

Key to the game: West Virginia’s pass rush. If West Virginia can rattle Russell Wilson, force him into mistakes but also keep him inside the pocket so he can’t extend plays by scrambling or finding receivers on a broken play then they should have a pretty easy time beating the Wolfpack.

Score: West Virginia: 24 – NC State: 13

Insight Bowl- Missouri (10-2) vs Iowa (7-5)

Predicted Winner: Missouri

Why: Iowa won’t have Adam Robinson or Darrel Johnson-Koulianos against Missouri as a result of suspensions which will hurt their offense. I think Ricky Stanzi might have it in him to still pull off a win if he plays like he did late in games all last season, but I don’t know if he can do that this year. Not only that, but Iowa’s defense will be challenged by a potent Missouri defense and a quality QB of their own. Blaine Gabbert isn’t a great QB but he is a good one, and I don’t know if Iowa has the secondary to stop Missouri’s passing game. I also think that Missouri’s offensive line has a solid chance of slowing down Iowa’s very talented defensive line, which could make it a long day for Iowa’s defensive backs.

Key to the game: Iowa’s pass rush. If they get after Gabbert and can force him into mistakes then I think Iowa will in the game. But if Missouri slows down Iowa’s pass rush and gives Gabbert time to throw I think Missouri will ultimately win the game.

Score: Missouri: 24 – Iowa: 20

Let’s hope these predictions go alright! I for one am ready for one last round of college football! Enjoy! Thanks for reading!

–Tom