Julius Taormina, Football (1951-53, 55)
An all-around player who earned second-team All-MAC honors 1953, Julius "Tarp" Taormina lettered in football from 1951-53. As a defensive back, "Tarp" was also captain of the secondary. A two-way player, Taormina rushed for 444 yards and scored three touchdowns in 1953, while also catching seven passes for 82 yards. He still holds the third best mark for average yards per carry in a season (6.2). He handled some punting duties as well. On Taormina was the smallest player on the squad, standing 5-8, weighing 170 pounds. Even when the team was down, Taormina was said to put forth more than effort than any other two players in practice. In the 1951 season, Taormina and the rest of the Rocket squad were responsible for scoring at UT, Tarp was both a player and a coach with the Toledo Maroons for two years and spent an additional two years as the Toledo Tornadoe's No. 1 halfback. He spent 26 years at Springfield High School as a teacher and a coach, guiding the track teams and serving as an assistant football coach on varsity squads that won three league championships.