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  09/12/22 - Dequan FinnrSo/2025, Toledo + More +

  SEPT 12 MAC WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Dequan Finn, Toledo, QB, Sophomore, Detroit, Mich.,...Sophomore quarterback Dequan Finn completed 12-of-26 passes for 177 yards and one TD in the victory over UMass. He also ran for a team-high 74 yards and a career-high tying two scores. His TD runs were 21 and 15 yards. He also had an 18-yard run on fourth-and-six that set up Toledo's first touchdown. - MAC Football

rSo/2025 QB Dequan FinnToledo
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  09/02/22 - Dequan FinnrSo/2025, Toledo + More +

  Dequan Finn threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead Toledo to a 37-0 rout of Long Island University on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams. It was the first shutout for Toledo since Sept. 14, 2019. Finn was 21-of-28 passing for 216 yards. He scrambled to his right and then threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Jamal Turner and later added a 40-yard scoring throw to Jerjuan Newton. Finn also led the Rockets in rushing with 12 carries for 64 yards that included a 7-yard touchdown run. Jonathon Batzke had three of his five punts for the Rockets land inside the 5-yard line. Toledo held LIU, a FCS program, to just 113 yards of offense. Luca Stanzani and Derek Green were a combined 14-of-26 passing for 68 yards. - AP College Football

rSo/2025 QB Dequan FinnToledo
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  08/28/22 - Dequan FinnrSo/2025, Toledo + More +

  2022 PRESEASON JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCH LIST: Dequan Finn, Toledo,...Finn was also named to the Maxwell Award watch list earlier this offseason and was invited to participate at the Manning Passing Academy. As a redshirt freshman last season, Finn took over the starting quarterback duties at mid-season and threw for 2,067 yards and 18 touchdowns with just two interceptions. He also ran for 505 yards and nine TDs. - Toledo Football

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  08/22/22 - Tyler LongrJr/2024, Toledo + More +

  Toledo's offensive line is thinner. And it has nothing to do with weight. Unfortunately for the Rockets, two-thirds of their starting offensive line is out of commission, according to a source, as interior lineman Tyler Long is out for the season with a leg injury, and tackle Mitch Berg is out indefinitely with an injury. Long, a Springfield graduate, has started 17 of the past 19 games at right guard. The preseason second-team All-MAC selection was part of a line that ranked first in the conference last season in scoring (33.4 points per game) and fourth in total offense (435.8 yards).

Long started five of six games during the coronavirus year, with Toledo ranking first in pass offense (325.8 passing yards) and second in total offense (494.0 yards). Berg, a St. John's Jesuit product, appeared in all 13 games at left tackle during his redshirt freshman season in 2018, and started 10 of 11 games at left tackle in 2019. He missed the 2020 season with an injury, and started all 12 games one year ago. - Toledo Blade


rJr/2024 OG Tyler LongToledo
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  2022 PRESEASON ALLSTATE AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM NOMINEE: Daniel Bolden, University of Toledo,...Bolden, a junior, missed the 2021 season due to an injury. He was a starter in 2020 and a key reserve in 2019. He has volunteered for numerous Toledo area organizations throughout his career, including the Boys and Girls Club of Toledo, the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, the Cherry Street Mission Ministries, the Miracle Network Dance Marathon, The Glass City Marathon, the Toledo Zoo, and many preschools, elementary and middle schools in the Toledo area. - Toledo Football

rJr/2024 ILB Daniel BoldenToledo
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  08/14/22 - Jamal HinesrSr/2023, Toledo + More +

  2022 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCHLIST: Jamal Hines, Toledo, Sr OLB,...Hines was previously named to the Bronko Nagurski Award watch list and was selected to the East-West Shrine Bowl's 1000 List as well. A three-time All-MAC honoree and a 2021 first-team selection, Hines tallied 88 tackles last season while ranking second in the MAC in sacks (10.0) and fourth in TFL (15.0). - Toledo Football

rSr/2023 OLB Jamal HinesToledo
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  2022 PRESEASON WUERFFEL TROPHY (COMMUNITY SERVICE) WATCHLIST: Mitchell Berg, Toledo, Sr., OL,...A three-time Academic All-MAC selection and Maumee native, Berg has played in 36 games as an offensive linemen in his career as a Rocket. Last year he started 12 games and was part of an offense that ranked first in the MAC in scoring (33.4) and fourth in total offense (435.8). Berg earned his bachelor's degree in marketing and professional sales in May of 2021 and is currently pursuing his MBA. - Toledo Football

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  With an All-American lineage and three seasons of Big Ten football to his name, Judge Culpepper might have felt too cool for school when he transferred to Toledo last year. But that's not him. For one, the senior defensive tackle is a good guy who likes school. (The philosophy major got straight A's in high school.) For another, he would have had no room to talk. When he arrived from Penn State, he knew well that - never mind the difference in recruiting stars - his new teammates on the Toledo defensive line could hold their own against anybody. "There was really very little drop-off, if any at all, between the team I used to play for and the team I'm on now," said Culpepper, whose father, Brad, was an All-American defensive tackle at Florida and played nine years in the NFL. And that was last season. Now? While Culpepper would never say it, I will: There probably is a difference between his new team and his old one this year. Toledo's defensive line - featuring a pair of two-time all-conference selections with serious NFL potential (end Jamal Hines and tackle Desjuan Johnson) and all four starters back - could be better. - Toledo Blade

rJr/2024 DT Judge CulpepperToledo
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  08/08/22 - Dequan FinnrSo/2025, Toledo + More +

  After having a few quarterback position battles in recent years, Toledo enters the 2022 season with an undisputed starter in Dequan Finn. That's not to say, however, that the coaching staff isn't keeping the fourth-year sophomore on his toes during preseason drills. Head coach Jason Candle said there are growth opportunities available for Finn, especially when it comes to developing consistency in his game. "With five, six, seven starts under his belt in his career and a lot of meaningful opportunities, playing in the fourth quarter of a nip-and-tuck game at Notre Dame last year, he's been in some big moments," Candle said. "His completion percentage in the fourth quarter and overtime last year was six or seven points higher than it was during the rest of the game. You can look at that one of two ways: One is, when it matters the most, he plays his best. The other way to look at it, we've got to find ways to get him off to a better start. We've got to continue to put things in practice to challenge him, but there's no substitute for game experience. As for signs of growth and signs of progress, I am seeing those signs." - Toledo Blade

rSo/2025 QB Dequan FinnToledo
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  08/04/22 - Jamal HinesrSr/2023, Toledo + More +

  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Jamal Hines, Toledo, Senior LB,...A three-time All-MAC honoree and a 2021 first-team selection, Hines tallied 88 tackles last season while ranking second in the MAC in sacks (10.0) and fourth in TFL (15.0). He was a two-time MAC West Defensive Player of the Week honoree and registered eight pass breakups, tied for second-most on the team and most among linemen. - Toledo Football

rSr/2023 OLB Jamal HinesToledo
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  2022 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Devin Maddox, Toledo,...A second-team All-MAC honoree in 2021 as a punt returner, Maddox impacts the game as both a returner and a receiver. Last season he led the Rockets with 41 receptions and 567 receiving yards and ranked fourth in the MAC in punt return average (7.6). He was named a pre-season All-MAC selection as a kick returner and wide receiver by Athlon. - Toledo Football

rJr/2024 WR Devin MaddoxToledo
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  2022 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY WATCHLIST: DT Desjuan Johnson, Toledo,...Johnson earned third-team all-conference honors last season after starting all 13 games and recording 86 tackles, which ranked fourth on the team. He collected 8.0 TFL and 2.5 sacks and had four games with at least 10 tackles. Johnson was named MAC West Defensive Player of the Week after his performance against Notre Dame on Sept. 11. - Toledo Football

rSr/2023 DE Desjuan JohnsonToledo
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  08/01/22 - Jamal HinesrSr/2023, Toledo + More +

  2022 PRESEASON BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCHLIST: DE Jamal Hines, Toledo,...A three-time All-MAC honoree and a 2021 first-team selection, Hines tallied 88 tackles last season while ranking second in the MAC in sacks (10.0) and fourth in TFL (15.0). He was a two-time MAC West Defensive Player of the Week honoree and registered eight pass breakups, tied for second-most on the team and most among linemen. - Toledo Football

rSr/2023 OLB Jamal HinesToledo
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  What do players and coaches think of preseason predictions? Not a whole lot. Of course, the games aren't played on paper. If they were, Toledo would have won about five Mid-American Conference titles in the past decade. Alas, the Rockets have a single championship. But this season could be different - according to what's on paper. The MAC's media contingent handed Toledo six of 24 first-place votes, second only to defending champion Northern Illinois' nine. Phil Steele, college football's most accurate prognosticator, picked UT to finish 10-2.

ESPN's David Hale said the Rockets are the best over/under bet in the sport, advising prospective bettors to take the over on eight wins. The ESPN power index favors Toledo to win all eight of its MAC games. "I see it every year," senior linebacker Dyontae Johnson said. "It doesn't really mean anything. I think it's just something to put on paper for fans to see. At the end of the day, when the ball snaps on September 1, we'll see who's there." Head coach Jason Candle is not one to play up expectations, taking the opposite approach and lessening the pressure on his team. He would rather have Toledo picked to finish in the middle of the pack than see headlines about 10 wins. But Candle appreciates that high expectations are reserved for programs with rabid fan bases and a history of winning. The last thing he wants to hear is that Toledo is favored to run the table in the MAC. - Toledo Blade


rSr/2023 OLB Dyontae JohnsonToledo
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  07/27/22 - Dequan FinnrSo/2025, Toledo + More +

  Toledo's 2021 season stalled because of inconsistent quarterback play. Carter Bradley was ineffective as a starter and Dequan Finn, while productive when he was on the field, didn't get enough snaps to overcome the sluggish offense. Once Finn became the starter, however, the offense took a major step forward. Part of the boost came from running back Bryant Koback, who's now on the Minnesota Vikings. But Finn went a long way in proving himself.

He completed 57.6 percent of his passes for 2,067 yards and 18 touchdowns, rushing for an additional 501 yards and nine TDs. Most impressive was Finn's lack of interceptions, as he only threw two, the fewest of any quarterback who started at least seven games last season. Finn was at his best late in the year, with playing time becoming a comfort zone. He did lose a security blanket in wide receiver Matt Landers, who transferred to Arkansas. But the Rockets are happy with their group of pass-catchers, led by Devin Maddox and Jerjuan Newton. - Toledo Blade


rSo/2025 QB Dequan FinnToledo
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