Toledo Rockets

BOCA RATON, FL - DECEMBER 22:  Head coach Jason Candle of the Toledo Rockets celebrates with player after the game against the Temple Owls at FAU Stadium on December 22, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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Two projected defensive starters among three suspended for Toledo’s first two games

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When Toledo takes the field for the first couple of games this coming season, they’ll do so a little lighter on the defensive side of the ball than expected.

First-year head coach Jason Candle has confirmed that linebackers Jaylen Coleman and Anthony Davis and defensive tackle Marquise Moore have been suspended for the first two games of the upcoming season.  The players will miss the season opener Sept. 2 against Arkansas State and the home opener against Maine Sept. 10 before being eligible to return for the following weekend’s game against Fresno State.

The only reason given by Candle for the suspensions was “violations of athletic department policies.”

Coleman started the first half of the 2015 season before a broken leg sidelined him for the final six games.  According to the Toledo Blade, he was the Rockets’ leading tackler at the time of the injury.

Moore played in all 12 games last season, while Davis played in four.

Heading into summer camp, Coleman and Moore would’ve been projected starters at their respective positions.

Colo. St., Toledo add future home-and-home

FORT COLLINS, CO - SEPTEMBER 05:  Head coach Mike Bobo of the Colorado State Rams leads his team against the Savannah State Tigers at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Fort Collins, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Colorado State fans, brace yourself for some future MACtion.

In twin press releases Monday, CSU and Toledo announced that the two football programs have reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series.  The Rockets will travel to Fort Collins for a Sept. 21, 2019, matchup, while the Rams will make the trek to Toledo Sept. 25, 2021.

“We’re excited to secure a home-and-home series with Toledo,” said CSU head coach Mike Bobo in a statement. “It’s a program that has been a consistent winner in a tough Mid-American Conference, and played in a bowl game five of the last six seasons. They will present a significant challenge for our football team.”

“We are very pleased to add the series with Colorado State to our football schedule,” UT athletic director Mike O’Brien said. “Colorado State has an excellent football tradition and adds another attractive opponent on our future home schedule. It also helps bring our Toledo brand to new part of the country.”

The Rams and Rockets have met twice previously in football, the first in 1970 and the second in 1973.  The home team claimed victory in each of those games.

Grad transfers from Gators, ‘Canes land at Toledo

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Earlier this week it was reported that Florida and Miami were closing in on a deal to renew their on-field rivalry.  Thursday, two former members of those programs decided to join forces for one final season at the FBS level.

In a press release, Toledo announced that defensive tackle Earl Moore and linebacker Jeremi Powell (pictured) are transferring into the Rockets football program from the Hurricanes and Gators, respectively.  Both will be coming to UT as graduate transfers, meaning they will be eligible to play immediately in 2016.

This will be their final seasons of eligibility.

“We look forward to both of these young men joining the Rocket family,” said first-year head coach Jason Candle in a statement. “They will add experience and depth to our defense next fall.”

Powell, a four-star 2012 recruit, started two games for the Gators last season.  He played in 25 games during his time in Gainesville.

Moore, a three-star 2012 recruit, appeared in 23 games the past two seasons.

Snow storm cancels Toledo’s spring football game

Phil Avina clears his drive, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Bowling Green, Ohio. Most of Ohio was hit with another bout or heavy snow and freezing rain, closing hundreds schools and creating extremely hazardous driving conditions. Much of the state was slammed with 4 to 8 inches of snow overnight. (AP Photo/Sentinel-Tribune, J.D. Pooley) MANDATORY CREDIT, TOLEDO BLADE OUT
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Mother Nature has scored a spring victory over the Toledo Rockets. A snow storm blanketing the Toledo area with snow has forced the Rockets to call off their spring football game, and it will not be rescheduled. Toledo announced the cancellation early Saturday morning, but noted a youth football clinic would go on as planned.

Toledo is getting used to this sort of thing. Last year’s season opener against Stony Brook was called off after halftime due to severe weather rolling through the area. The game was delayed for three hours and called off just before the start of the second half after midnight. Toledo and Stony Brook did not reschedule the game, which Toledo led 16-7 at the time it was cancelled. The game went down in the record books as a no contest, and stats from the game were not counted as a result.

Florida staffer hired by Toledo as RBs coach

BOCA RATON, FL - DECEMBER 22:  Head coach Jason Candle of the Toledo Rockets celebrates with player after the game against the Temple Owls at FAU Stadium on December 22, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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After nearly his entire coaching career was spent in Florida, Marquel Blackwell is heading north to continue it.

Toledo announced in a press release that new head coach Jason Candle has added Blackwell to his first Rockets coaching staff.  Blackwell, who played his college football at USF, will coach UT’s running backs.

Blackwell replaces Anthony Johnson, who left last month to take the same job at his alma mater Texas.

“Marquel is an impressive young coach with a wide range of experiences on the offensive side of the ball,” said Candle in a statement. “We are looking forward to his contributions to our very talented group of running backs. He also has an extensive background in the state of Florida, which is one of our primary recruiting areas outside of Ohio.”

Prior to this, Blackwell’s only other coaching job outside of the state of Florida was also his only on-field job at the FBS level — running backs coach at Western Kentucky. He spent the 2015 season as a quality control specialist at Florida.

He began his coaching career at Freedom High School in Florida, ultimately taking over as head coach for the 2007-08 seasons. He spent two separate stints at his alma mater USF, 2009-11 in quality control and 2013 as director of player development.