TOLEDO OH - The battle lines have been drawn in midnight blue and gold for this Friday's Blue and Gold Spring Football Game at the Glass Bowl. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.
The Rockets were drafted into two equal teams by the seniors. The first underclassman picked was a bit of surprise: the Blue team selected sophomore Dwight Macon, a third-string quarterback who has been raising eyebrows at wide receiver this spring. Notables on both teams include:
The game will be played with regular rules and scoring with the following exceptions:
- No kickoffs - all drives will start at the 30-yard line;
- All punts are fair catches;
- No rushing the kicker on field goals; and
- Second half will use a running clock, except in the final two minutes of the game.
Honorary coaches for the game include six former Rocket greats: Dallas Cowboy safety Barry Church (2006-09), Cincinnati Bengal wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (2005-07), Chris Hopkins (2004-07), Nick Kaczur (2001-04), Michael Schaefer (1997-2000) and Gene Swick (1972-75).
Fans can meet Rocky and Rocksy in the West Concourse before and during the game. Following the game, UT players and coaches will be available for autographs, also in the West Concourse.
Toledo is coming off a 9-4 season and a victory in the 2011 Military Bowl. Campbell's squad returns 48 letterwinners from last year's team, including three All-MAC players: Senior defensive end T.J. Fatinikun, senior linebacker Dan Molls and junior center Zac Kerin. Also returning are Toledo's ultra-productive quarterback duo-senior Austin Dantin and junior Terrance Owens-along with junior wide receiver Bernard Reedy, the Military Bowl MVP.
After opening its season with road games at Arizona (Sept. 1) and Wyoming (Sept. 8), Toledo will host Bowling Green at the Glass Bowl Saturday, Sept. 15, the 77th meeting between the schools and the first time the game will serve as UT's home opener.
Among UT's other five home games will be a Saturday, Oct. 20, battle with Big East opponent Cincinnati, the first appearance by the Bearcats in the Glass Bowl since 1993.
Season ticket orders are being taken. Call 419.530.GOLD (4653) for more information.