Rockets set for Blue and Gold Spring Football Scrimmage April 12

April 9, 2013 | Events, UToday
By Paul Helgren

rocket spring football posterRocket football fans can get a closer look at their 2013 team at the annual Blue and Gold Spring Football Scrimmage at the Glass Bowl Friday, April 12.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., and admission is free.

The Rockets will be drafted into two equal teams by the seniors. The game itself will use normal college football rules except that all kicks will be dead balls — no blocks, no returns. Also, the second half will feature a running clock.

Prior to the game, UT will honor the legendary Frank Lauterbur, who served as Toledo’s head football coach from 1963 to 1970. Lauterbur, 87, who coached the Rockets to undefeated seasons in 1969 and 1970 before accepting the head-coaching job at Iowa, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his arrival at UT. Former Rocket players and assistant coaches will join Lauterbur in a pre-game picnic in the Glass Bowl Stadium Club, then head down to the field for a pre-game ceremony.

Following the game, UT players and coaches will be available for autographs in the West Concourse.

Toledo is coming off a 9-4 season (7-1 Mid-American Conference) and an appearance in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Second-year Head Coach Matt Campbell’s squad returns 16 starters from last year’s team, including six All-MAC players. Among the top returners are senior wide receiver/returner Bernard Reedy (88 receptions, four touchdowns off returns), senior running back David Fluellen (1,498 yards rushing) and senior quarterback Terrance Owens (45 career TD passes).

Toledo will open its season Saturday, Aug. 31, at Florida. The home opener will be Saturday, Sept. 14, vs. Eastern Washington.

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