Scouting the MAC: Toledo

The Rockets finally broke through last season with a well-deserved bowl appearance after getting snubbed in 2000. Slowly and surely the Toledo program is adding more quality prospects to the draft and they'll have a solid contingent over the next few years.

Toledo Rockets

On offense they have a pair of solid third-year-sophomores at tight end in Andrew Clarke and Chris Holmes, both of whom are productive both blocking or catching the ball and should definitely be charted for the future. After that you are looking at three receivers of free agent variety. Carl Ford is a tall angular wide out with soft hands and a reliable pass catcher effective after the throw. Manny Johnson is an explosive receiver with tremendous speed but a marginal football player while Donta' Green is a productive receiver with a short, compact build which may make it difficult for him at the next level. His abilities as a return specialist give him an outside shot.

On defense linebacker Tom Ward is a relentless player, quick to read/react to the action or pick up his assignments and the first to throw his body around the field in order to make the stop. On face value he has lousy size/speed numbers and won't be drafted but is definitely the type of prospect that could impress a coach with his relentless style of play, which should spill over to special teams and possibly secure his spot on a final roster. They have a pair of corners to watch. Brandon Hefflin is a solid cover corner and the junior has had opposing signal callers looking away from him the past two seasons. Though we did not feel Hefflin showed a lot of progress in '01 as a sophomore he still has a good deal of upside potential to his game. Senior Jehu Anderson is a nice sized corner that works well with the safety but does not display great speed or body positioning in man-coverage.




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