Toledo Rockets Roster 2019 Rockets Roster

Head Coach: Jason Candle        2017 Salary: $700,950        Offensive Coordinator: Brian Wright       Defensive Coordinator: Brian George         

Stadium: Glass Bowl       Surface: Turf        City: Toledo        State: Ohio

College football fans seem to love the small school, underdog concept. There are a handful of teams that annually fall into this category. Boise State frequents the conversation, and last year the University of Central Florida finished the year with an unblemished 13-0 mark, culminated with an upset of Auburn in the Peach Bowl. The Mid American Conference all play early season battles against top-flight BCS teams, and once in a while there is an upset. However, the casual NCAA football fan may not realize that the Toledo Rockets rank second on the list of these secondary schools in victories over the last four years. 39 wins over four seasons is nothing to sneeze at.

Name Pos
Michael Julian M. Julian QB
Mitchell Guadagni M. Guadagni QB
Eli Peters E. Peters QB
Jake Floriea J. Floriea QB
Jalen Reese J. Reese QB
Logan Woodside L. Woodside QB
Terry Swanson T. Swanson RB
Brad Smith B. Smith RB
Shakif Seymour S. Seymour RB
Art Thompkins A. Thompkins RB
Nevone McCrimmon N. McCrimmon RB
Bryant Koback B. Koback RB
Reggie Gilliam R. Gilliam RB
Ronnie Jones R. Jones RB
Desmond Phillips D. Phillips WR
Jon'Vea Johnson J. Johnson WR
Neru N'Shaka N. N'Shaka WR
Diontae Johnson D. Johnson WR
Danzel McKinley-Lewis D. McKinley-Lewis WR
Rayshawn Watkins R. Watkins WR
Liam Allen L. Allen WR
Elijah Morant E. Morant WR
Nick Kovacs N. Kovacs WR
Cody Thompson C. Thompson WR
Darryl Richards D. Richards WR
Andrew Davis A. Davis WR
Derich Weiland D. Weiland WR
Rhett Blackman R. Blackman WR
Nate Swart N. Swart TE
Adam Kulon A. Kulon TE
Jordan Fisher J. Fisher TE
Chioke Bradley C. Bradley TE
Brock Ruble B. Ruble OL
Chandler Cotterman C. Cotterman OL
Brandon Heidecker B. Heidecker OL
Cameron Bell C. Bell OL
Nate Jeppesen N. Jeppesen OL
Luke Doerger L. Doerger OL
Sami Kassem S. Kassem OL
Brant Weiss B. Weiss OL
Bryce Harris B. Harris OL
Alex Pfeiffer A. Pfeiffer OL
Elijah Nkansah E. Nkansah OL
Jordan Fair J. Fair OL
Yazeed Atariwa Y. Atariwa OL
Roderick Peterson R. Peterson OL
Malik Jones M. Jones DL
LaMarr Davis L. Davis DL
Nate Childress N. Childress DL
Chad Coeling C. Coeling DL
Tuzar Skipper T. Skipper DL
Sean Mills S. Mills LS
Brad Spelman B. Spelman LS
Trevon Mathis T. Mathis CB
Marcus Whitfield M. Whitfield CB
Keelen Roberts K. Roberts CB
Josh Teachey J. Teachey CB
Zachary Ford Z. Ford CB
Justin Clark J. Clark CB
Tyler Taafe T. Taafe LB
Tre'Shun Wilson T. Wilson LB
Richard Olekanma R. Olekanma LB
Chris Norwood C. Norwood LB
Connor Lancia C. Lancia LB
Jack Linch J. Linch LB
Ja'Wuan Woodley J. Woodley LB
DeDarallo Blue D. Blue S
Jordan Williams J. Williams S
Calvin Bransford C. Bransford S
Zach Quinn Z. Quinn DE
Andrew Boczar A. Boczar DE
Lucas Maynard L. Maynard DE
Carter Paddy C. Paddy DE
Daniel Davis D. Davis DE
Olasunkanmi Adeniyi O. Adeniyi DE
Obi Anunike O. Anunike DE
Ka'dar Hollman K. Hollman DB
Erik Davis E. Davis DB
Andrew Schafer A. Schafer DB
Kennedy Frazier K. Frazier DB
Kahlil Robinson K. Robinson DB
Quincy Iverson Q. Iverson DB
Jameson Vest J. Vest K
Samuel Vucelich S. Vucelich K
Edrick Mathews E. Mathews DT
Willie Ross Jr. W. Ross Jr. DT
David Hood D. Hood DT
Josh Spurgeon J. Spurgeon DT
Reggie Howard R. Howard DT
Marquise Moore M. Moore DT
Name Pos Number Height Weight
Michael Julian M. Julian QB 5 6' 5" 250
Mitchell Guadagni M. Guadagni QB 6 6' 2" 200
Eli Peters E. Peters QB 12 6' 2" 190
Jake Floriea J. Floriea QB 15 5' 11" 190
Jalen Reese J. Reese QB 13 6' 3" 205
Logan Woodside L. Woodside QB 11 6' 2" 210
Terry Swanson T. Swanson RB 2 5' 10" 205
Brad Smith B. Smith RB 20 5' 8" 200
Shakif Seymour S. Seymour RB 21 5' 11" 218
Art Thompkins A. Thompkins RB 33 5' 8" 180
Nevone McCrimmon N. McCrimmon RB 34 5' 11" 230
Bryant Koback B. Koback RB 22 6' 0" 193
Reggie Gilliam R. Gilliam RB 14 6' 0" 235
Ronnie Jones R. Jones RB 9 6' 1" 197
Desmond Phillips D. Phillips WR 10 5' 10" 185
Jon'Vea Johnson J. Johnson WR 7 6' 0" 188
Neru N'Shaka N. N'Shaka WR 15 5' 11" 182
Diontae Johnson D. Johnson WR 3 5' 11" 181
Danzel McKinley-Lewis D. McKinley-Lewis WR 4 5' 10" 183
Rayshawn Watkins R. Watkins WR 81 6' 3" 190
Liam Allen L. Allen WR 86 6' 0" 182
Elijah Morant E. Morant WR 87 6' 0" 196
Nick Kovacs N. Kovacs WR 83 6' 3" 195
Cody Thompson C. Thompson WR 25 6' 2" 205
Darryl Richards D. Richards WR 84 6' 3" 195
Andrew Davis A. Davis WR 8 6' 4" 197
Derich Weiland D. Weiland WR 29 5' 10" 182
Rhett Blackman R. Blackman WR 32 5' 9" 183
Nate Swart N. Swart TE 41 6' 5" 240
Adam Kulon A. Kulon TE 45 6' 4" 258
Jordan Fisher J. Fisher TE 2 6' 3" 238
Chioke Bradley C. Bradley TE 35 6' 4" 240
Brock Ruble B. Ruble OL 71 6' 8" 325
Chandler Cotterman C. Cotterman OL 56 6' 3" 296
Brandon Heidecker B. Heidecker OL 57 6' 6" 312
Cameron Bell C. Bell OL 58 6' 8" 345
Nate Jeppesen N. Jeppesen OL 60 6' 3" 282
Luke Doerger L. Doerger OL 65 6' 3" 285
Sami Kassem S. Kassem OL 67 6' 4" 320
Brant Weiss B. Weiss OL 71 6' 6" 292
Bryce Harris B. Harris OL 72 6' 3" 285
Alex Pfeiffer A. Pfeiffer OL 73 6' 5" 300
Elijah Nkansah E. Nkansah OL 76 6' 6" 316
Jordan Fair J. Fair OL 62 6' 4" 282
Yazeed Atariwa Y. Atariwa OL 78 6' 4" 315
Roderick Peterson R. Peterson OL 70 6' 3" 280
Malik Jones M. Jones DL 91 6' 5" 260
LaMarr Davis L. Davis DL 90 6' 1" 296
Nate Childress N. Childress DL 93 6' 3" 292
Chad Coeling C. Coeling DL 73 6' 2" 285
Tuzar Skipper T. Skipper DL 99 6' 3" 246
Sean Mills S. Mills LS 54 6' 2" 220
Brad Spelman B. Spelman LS 47 6' 1" 225
Trevon Mathis T. Mathis CB 6 6' 0" 180
Marcus Whitfield M. Whitfield CB 11 6' 0" 178
Keelen Roberts K. Roberts CB 32 5' 11" 180
Josh Teachey J. Teachey CB 8 5' 11" 190
Zachary Ford Z. Ford CB 38 6' 3" 180
Justin Clark J. Clark CB 24 5' 11" 175
Tyler Taafe T. Taafe LB 17 6' 1" 230
Tre'Shun Wilson T. Wilson LB 40 6' 0" 225
Richard Olekanma R. Olekanma LB 42 6' 2" 245
Chris Norwood C. Norwood LB 51 6' 0" 247
Connor Lancia C. Lancia LB 50 6' 0" 212
Jack Linch J. Linch LB 29 6' 0" 225
Ja'Wuan Woodley J. Woodley LB 30 5' 11" 228
DeDarallo Blue D. Blue S 21 6' 0" 200
Jordan Williams J. Williams S 34 5' 10" 185
Calvin Bransford C. Bransford S 25 6' 1" 195
Zach Quinn Z. Quinn DE 31 6' 3" 240
Andrew Boczar A. Boczar DE 46 6' 5" 260
Lucas Maynard L. Maynard DE 55 6' 3" 242
Carter Paddy C. Paddy DE 61 6' 2" 285
Daniel Davis D. Davis DE 92 6' 3" 280
Olasunkanmi Adeniyi O. Adeniyi DE 9 6' 2" 248
Obi Anunike O. Anunike DE 7 6' 4" 240
Ka'dar Hollman K. Hollman DB 13 6' 0" 190
Erik Davis E. Davis DB 43 6' 2" 210
Andrew Schafer A. Schafer DB 49 5' 11" 186
Kennedy Frazier K. Frazier DB 26 6' 0" 191
Kahlil Robinson K. Robinson DB 27 6' 0" 175
Quincy Iverson Q. Iverson DB 39 5' 9" 189
Jameson Vest J. Vest K 37 5' 10" 190
Samuel Vucelich S. Vucelich K 39 5' 11" 177
Edrick Mathews E. Mathews DT 94 6' 3" 290
Willie Ross Jr. W. Ross Jr. DT 95 6' 1" 278
David Hood D. Hood DT 96 6' 1" 272
Josh Spurgeon J. Spurgeon DT 59 6' 1" 278
Reggie Howard R. Howard DT 97 6' 3" 280
Marquise Moore M. Moore DT 52 6' 1" 300

Rockets Look to Repeat as MAC Champs in 2018

Fresh off their first MAC championship in over a decade, Toledo looks to carry that momentum into 2018. They'll do so with a new signal-caller under center. The first question would be to address who would replace a veteran quarterback like Logan Woodside. Woodside engineered a team that put up 38 points per game. The early front runner was Mitchell Guadagni. Guadagni had flipped only a half dozen passes thus far in his college career, but he beat out a couple talented freshman to earn the starting nod. In his first official start, he did not disappoint. Guadagni helped lead Toledo to 66 points during a week one pasting of VMI. He hit on 11 of 16 for 265 yards and three scores.

It appears the Rocket's offense won't miss a beat in 2018. While there is no Kareem Hunt to ride to pay dirt, Art Tompkins and Bryant Koback are hard-running backs. One plus for whomever gets the nod at quarterback is the bevy of pass catchers on the team. Junior Diontae Johnson out of Ruskin, Florida is back, flanked by a pair of sure-handed seniors, Jon'vea Johnson and Cody Thompson. If week one's display of unstoppable offense is any sign of things to come, Toledo will continue to run one of the most high-powered offenses onto the field each week.

Toughened Up Defense

No matter how many points a team puts on the scoreboard, that number needs to be higher than their opponent. If not, you score a lot, but lose. Toledo held their own in 2017. However, the defensive side of the ball may be where they are the most improved in 2018. Junior college transfer Reggie Howard will help shore up the defensive line which lost both ends to graduation. Tyler Taffe and Richard Olekanma are physical linebackers who operate within the Rocket's 4-2-5 scheme. The strength of this defense will be the five D-backs. They stole 15 passes last season, and look to carry that turnover strong-point forward into 2018.

In their opening victory, the defense picked off VMI twice and recorded four sacks on the day. While VMI isn't known as a perennial offensive juggernaut, the only drive of any consequence was a paltry 58 yard, eight play sequence, which led to their only 3 points on Saturday night. Toledo's third year coach Jason Candle will look to keep the Glass Bowl hopping for Rocket home games. How well Toledo can play on the road may determine whether they earn a back-to-back trip to the MAC championship game. They'll get a chance at revenge very early in their 2018 season.

The small school Rockets will play host to a big school bully on September 15. Last year Toledo actually led Miami at the intermission, but fell apart in the second half, losing 52-30. The noon kickoff at the Glass Bowl will be the first of back-to-back non-conference home games. These two battles will be telltale for how far this Toledo team can go in 2018.