Rockets Choose Sides For Annual Blue and Gold Spring Football Scrimmage
TOLEDO – The sides have been chosen for this Friday’s annual Blue and Gold Spring Football Scrimmage at the University of Toledo. The Blue Team will be coached by defensive line coach Eli Rasheed. Offensive line coach Tom Manning will coach the Gold Team. Blue Team member Dwight Macon, a junior QB/WR, was the first pick of the draft for the second consecutive spring game
Kickoff is set for 7:00 at the Glass Bowl. Admission is free. Rockets players and coaches will sign autographs after the game in the West Concourse.
Seniors on the team were split evenly then drafted the coaches and underclassmen on Wednesday. The game itself will use normal college football rules except that all kicks will be dead balls — no blocks, no returns. Also, the second half will feature a running clock. Following the game, UT players and coaches will be available for autographs in the West Concourse.
Six former Rockets were chosen as honorary coaches for the game. The “new school” coaches are Trinity Dawson (2002-05), John Greco (2004-07) and Kevin Kowalski (2007-10). They will help coach the Blue Team. The “old school” coaches are Al Baker (1969-71), Gary Hinkson (1969-71) and Curtis Johnson (1967-69). They will assist with the Gold Team.
Prior to the game, UT will honor the legendary Frank Lauterbur, who served as Toledo’s head football coach from 1963 to 1970. Lauterbur, 87, who coached the Rockets to undefeated seasons in 1969 and 1970 before accepting the head-coaching job at Iowa, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his arrival at UT. Former Rocket players and assistant coaches will join Lauterbur in a pre-game picnic in the Glass Bowl Stadium Club, then head down to the field for a pre-game ceremony.
Toledo is coming off a 9-4 season (7-1 Mid-American Conference) and an appearance in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Second-year Head Coach Matt Campbell’s squad returns 16 starters from last year’s team, including six All-MAC players. Among the top returners are senior wide receiver/returner Bernard Reedy (88 receptions, four touchdowns off returns), senior running back David Fluellen (1,498 yards rushing) and senior quarterback Terrance Owens (45 career TD passes).
Toledo will open its season Saturday, Aug. 31, at Florida. The home opener will be Saturday, Sept. 14, vs. Eastern Washington.
Blue and Gold Spring Football Scrimmage
Friday, April 12 – 7:00 p.m.
The Glass Bowl
Autographs after the game