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MAC breakdown: TOLEDO

By mrasor Published: July 2, 2007

Football
Head coach: Tom Amstutz
Last season: How much you wanna bet Toledo could've won more games last year? Oops. Nevermind. Looking at the stats, the Rockets are about middle of the pack in every category in the MAC. They beat Kansas and McNeese State at home before losing four straight conference games. They finished at 5-7. Rising above the mediocrity were junior running back Jalen Parmele and freshman safety Barry Church. Parmele trailed only Garrett Wolfe for rushing yards in the conference. Church registered 71 tackles and four sacks en route to a First Team All-MAC selection. Clint Cochran and Aaron Opelt shared time at quarterback and played OK.
Best returning player: Senior running back Jalen Parmele
Offense: Amstutz said Opelt and Cochran will start fresh this fall. The better player will win the job. Toledo is inexperienced at receiver, but they will bring back All-MAC tight end Chris Hopkins, who scored seven touchdowns last season. The offensive line appears to be steady, led by All-MAC left tackle John Greco.
Defense: Toledo has depth and experience at every position. They will have to display better results this season, however, if Toledo is to challenge Central and Western Michigan. It couldn't hurt to get more pressure on the quarterback. As much as the media guide props up his linebackers and defensive line, that shouldn't be a problem.
Season outlook: This schedule is a real gem. Toledo opens the season playing Purdue at home, and I think they'll win. Then they return last year's game at Kansas and at home against Iowa State. The only losses I can see are at Central Michigan and at Kansas. Toledo's record should be much better, even if the talent isn't.
Crucial game: vs. Western Michigan on Sept. 29
Predicted record: 10-2 (including a win vs. WMU)

    Three new offers:
    Gavin Roberts, athlete, Franklin, N.J. Offers: Akron, Connecticut, Purdue and Temple Height: 5-foot-11.5 Weight: 192 Speed: 4.58 Notes: No one has much on Roberts, but he seems to be a touted prospect. Scout.com lists him as a safety, which seems like a likely position for a player his size and speed. Likelihood: When you're going against the Big 10 and Big East, it always helps for those teams to be named Purdue and Connecticut.
    Stephen Atkinson, cornerback, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Offers: Akron, Boston College, Cincinnati, Wisconsin and Central Michigan Height: 6-0 Weight: 185 Speed: 4.6 Notes: Rivals.com gives Atkinson two stars. Four-6 isn't blazing speed for a cornerback, but 6-0 is pretty good size. Likelihood: More and more, the Zips have competed with the average major-conference teams for recruits. Rivals doesn't say which way he's leaning.
    Maurice Jones, cornerback, Belleville, N.J. Offers: Akron, Wake Forest, Boston College and Temple Height: 5-10 Weight: 178 Speed: 4.5 Notes: There's not much written about Jones. Likelihood: I don't envy J.D. Brookhart's task here, trying to lure Jones away from the ACC champs, especially when the Demon Deacons were first to offer a scholarship.
    And then there's this... Citing Internet reports (a.k.a. Internet rumors a.k.a. my meat and potatoes), the Record Courier's Dave Carducci says Kent State may land Cobrani Mixon, a linebacker transfer from the University of Michigan. He had offers from Ohio State and LSU on the table before selecting the Wolverines. He would have three years of eligibility remaining after he sits out this season.
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