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2017 Toledo Rockets Football: Schedule and Basic Information

Jason Candle enters his 2nd season with the usual high expectations for the Rockets.

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As we finish up July, I am going to be putting up a quick fact sheet and schedule for each team in our beloved Mid-American conference. Bookmark it and use it as a cheat sheet for the season, I know I will.

The Rockets were picked to win the MAC West in the preseason poll at the MAC Media Day. Many expect them to win the entire MAC, but those expectations are nothing new. Unfortunately for the Rockets, they haven’t won the MAC since 2004.

Toledo Rockets Cheat Sheet

  • Head Coach: Jason Candle, 2nd season. Career record, 10-4.
  • 2016 Rockets Record: 9-4.
  • 2017 Schedule:

Thu, Aug .31 Elon Phoenix

Sat, Sept., 9 at Nevada Wolf Pack

Sat, Sept., 16, Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Sat, Sept., 23, at Miami Hurricanes

Sat, Oct., 7, Eastern Michigan Eagles

Sat, Oct., 14, at Central Michigan Chippewas

Sat, Oct., 21, Akron Zips

Thu, Oct., 26, at Ball State Cardinals

Thu, Nov., 2, Northern Illinois Huskies

Wed, Nov., 8 at Ohio Bobcats

Wed, Nov., 15 at Bowling Green Falcons

Fri, Nov., 24, Western Michigan Broncos

  • Returning Starters:

Offense, 6

Defense, 7

Specialist, 2

  • Key Returnees:

Logan Woodside, Sr, QB: Led country with 45 touchdown passes in 2016.

Cody Thompson, Sr. WR: 1269 receptions in 2016, averaging 19.8 yards per catch.

Jon’Vea Johnson, Jr. WR: Averaged 19.2 per catch in 2016.

Terry Swanson, Sr. RB: 2038 career rushing yards.

Ja’Wuan Woodley, Sr, LB: 3rd team All-MAC in 2016.

News and Notes

  • While the Rockets return a lot of talent, they lost a lot, too. Kareem Hunt (3rd Round), Michael Roberts (4th), and Treyvon Hester (7th) were all taken in the NFL draft. Storm Norton was given a contract, and 4 others were invited to mini-camps.
  • The offense averaged over 517 yards per game last season, a Rockets record.