TOLEDO, OH - Rocket fans who came to Toledo's spring football game wondering who might replace All-American Eric Page at wide receiver did not have to wait long to get a look at one strong candidate.
Sophomore Dwight Macon, a converted quarterback, took a swing pass from senior quarterback Austin Dantin, dodged a tackler, then sprinted 70 yards down the sideline for the score on the first play of the game. Macon and his Blue teammates defeated the Gold team, 21-13, at the Glass Bowl Friday night.
Macon, who is listed as UT's third-string quarterback, caught seven passes for 114 yards in his debut at his new position. He also played QB in the second half, completing 4-of-5 passes for 31 yards. Dantin completed 14-of-18 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns for the Blue, while junior running back David Fluellen led the Blue rushers with 75 yards and one TD. Fluellen also stepped in at safety and picked off a pass.
The Gold team was led by junior quarterback Terrance Owens, who threw for 277 yards on 15-of-26 passes. Junior Bernard Reedy was his top target, catching seven passes for 150 yards and one score.
UT head coach Matt Campbell was pleased with the development of Macon and Reedy, both of whom are similar in stature to the 5-10 Page, who opted for the NFL Draft following his junior season. An area of concern could become an area of strength for the Rockets next fall.
"Dwight Macon could have been the player of the day after every practice this spring," Campbell said after the game. "And Bernard Reedy keeps getting better and better."
Defensive highlights included interceptions by senior linebacker Robert Bell and a goal-line stand by the Blue team in the third quarter. Redshirt freshman Chris Dukes had a game-high nine tackles.
After Macon's opening score, the Gold answered with a pair of field goals by Jeremiah Detmer of 37 and 29 yards to cut the lead to 7-6 at the end of the first quarter.
The Blue team extended their lead to 21-6 in the second quarter on a nine-yard run by Fluellen and a 31-yard pass play from Dantin to sophomore Cassius McDowell. The Gold team finished out the scoring in the first half on a 70-yard pass play from Owens to Reedy. Reedy weaved and dodged several tacklers before hitting paydirt.
The Rockets open their season on Sept. 1 at Arizona.