Chester Taylor, Trinity Dawson, Wasean Tait, Kareem Hunt, and David Fluellen.
Those are just some of the legendary backs produced by the Toledo Rockets in recent years.
The #16 player on our Top 25 countdown hopes to join their company.
Bryant Koback (Twitter: @koback27), the former three star recruit per 247Sports, returned home to the Toledo area after redshirting his freshman season at Kentucky with injury in 2017. Koback hurt his knee as a high school senior at Springfield High School in Holland, Ohio
Koback’s injury and the emergence of another local back, Michael Warren II (now at Cincinnati), over shadowed his prep career somewhat. However, Koback still received offers from Indiana, Northwestern, Syracuse, and Purdue, in addition to UT and Kentucky.
Koback elected to be a Rocket over transferring to fellow MAC schools Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green. Kentucky originally tried to block his transfer to UT as Toledo is on the Wildcats 2019 schedule. However, Kentucky and the NCAA decided that since Koback was returning to his family, that he should be granted immediate eligibility.
His first season in the Glass City exceeded most expectations as he led the Rockets in rushing, with 917 yards, a total that was good for fifth in the Mid-American Conference. He was second in the conference in rushing TD’s with 14.
The business major ran all over Kent State for 192 yards on 17 carries and again topped the century mark with 122 yards vs Central Michigan. He finished a yard shy of the century mark vs Western Michigan.
The six-foot, 193 pound back had two touchdowns vs. Kent State, Ball State, CMU, and in his Rocket debut vs the VMI. He also gained 90 yards on just 11 carries vs. arch rival Bowling Green.
The Rockets have had a 1,000+ yard rusher in 11 of their last 14 seasons, which is impressive considering their reputation for featuring such a high octane passive attack. After finishing just 83 yards short of a thousand yard mark, expect Koback to eclipse that mark this season.
Koback enters his redshirt Sophomore season as a nominee for the Doak Walker Award, which is awarded yearly to the nation’s best half back.
The Rockets will face Koback’s old team in week one on the road in Lexington as Toledo battles Kentucky.