An injury derailed Phillip Ely‘s first season in Toledo. Fortunately, he’s going to get another go at it.
The Rockets confirmed Monday that Ely will start the program’s opener this Thursday against Stony Brook. The move comes a handful of days after Ely was named as one of four UT captains for the 2015 season. Ely beat out Logan Woodside, who went 8-2 as a starter for the Rockets last season.
Woodside took over as the starter because of the injury to Ely, a torn ACL sustained in the second game of the season. Ely had been named as the starter ahead of Woodside a couple of weeks prior to the start of the 2014 season.
He passed for 337 yards in his first UT start, then threw for 204 yards against Missouri the following week before to sustaining the knee injury in the third quarter.
Ely began his collegiate career at Alabama in 2011 as a three-star recruit. After redshirting as a true freshman, Ely played in six games in 2012, completing three-of-four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in very limited duty. Ely was listed as the No. 2 QB the first three weeks of the 2012 season, but after that was listed as the co-backup to AJ McCarron along with redshirt sophomore Blake Sims.
In January of 2013 it was reported Ely was looking to transfer from the Tide. The summer of that year he transferred into the Rockets football program. He sat out the 2013 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.
Ely’s official return to the starting spot came the same day it was announced that two Rockets had been suspended for the first two games of the season, including 2014 MAC rushing leader Kareem Hunt.
For the third time since the start of the 2014 season less than two weeks ago, Toledo has lost a starter for the remainder of the year.
The latest to go down is Marquise Moore, who tweeted Wednesday that he won’t play again in 2014. According to the Toledo Blade, the defensive tackle tore ligaments in his foot and will soon undergo what will turn into season-ending surgery to repair the damage.
Moore suffered the injury in the Week 2 loss to Missouri.
Wrote Moore in a tweet, “Even tho I’m out for the season I won’t let this stop me. I’ll come back better than ever! But I know my boys will still ball #MACChamps”
For what it’s worth, the Rockets have yet to offer an update on Moore’s status moving forward.
Moore had started the first two games of the season and was credited with three tackles. In 12 games last season — nine starts — Moore totaled 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
Earlier this week, it was confirmed that starting quarterback Phillip Ely sustained a torn ACL in the loss to Mizzou. Additionally, starting cornerback Cam Cole tore the same ligament in his knee during the season opener.
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Toledo’s loss at home to Missouri in week two came with a little salt on the wounds. Starting quarterback Phillip Ely will miss the remainder of the 2014 season with a torn ACL. Ely left the game in the third quarter of the game.
Ely has been named the starting quarterback for Toledo in the days leading up to the start of the 2014 season. He edged Logan Woodside and Michael Julian for the starting nod. The depth chart for Toledo’s most recent game did not specify a specific back-up for Ely, instead listing “Logan Woodside or Michael Julian” underneath the starter. It was Woodside who replaced Ely in the game against Missouri. He completed six of 10 passes for 52 yards in his moderately short time on the field. Julian saw the field too, letting loose on a 65-yard punt. It would appear likely Woodside will be the new starter for the Rockets starting this week at home against Ball State.
Ely transferred to Toledo from Alabama after losing ground on the Alabama depth chart behind AJ McCarron. After Blake Sims moved passed Ely on the depth chart, a search for a chance to find significant playing time eventually led to a transfer to Toledo in 2013.
A year and a half after leaving Alabama in search of a starting job, Phillip Ely has found it.
Monday morning, Toledo head coach Matt Campbell confirmed that Ely will be his starting quarterback for the opener against New Hampshire. Ely had been involved in an offseason-long competition with sophomore Logan Woodside and redshirt freshman Michael Julian.
Woodside, who had served as starter T.O. Owens’ primary backup last season, completing 21-of-41 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown, and Ely were listed as the co-No. 1 quarterbacks during spring practice.
After redshirting as a true freshman in 2011, Ely played in six games in 2012. He completed three-of-four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in very limited duty. Ely was listed as the No. 2 QB the first three weeks of the 2012 season, but after that was listed as the co-backup to AJ McCarron along with redshirt sophomore Blake Sims, who attempted 10 passes in limited action.
In January of 2013 it was reported Ely was looking to transfer from the Tide. The summer of last year he transferred into the Rockets football program.
After sitting out the 2013 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Ely will have two seasons of eligibility remaining, including this season.