Rockets to hold spring football scrimmage April 12

April 11, 2014 | Events, UToday
By Paul Helgren

The Toledo Rockets will take the field for their annual Blue and Gold Spring Football Scrimmage in the Glass Bowl Saturday, April 12.

spring game 2014Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Admission is free.

Fans can park in either Lot 10 or Lot 9, and should enter via Gate A on the west side of stadium near press tower. Fans are asked to use caution around the construction site at the Larimer Building.

UT players and coaches will sign autographs after the game in the West Concourse.

Prior to the game, the Rockets will hold a free football clinic for youth in eighth grade or younger from 11 to 11:45 a.m. There is no need to register. Simply show up at 11 a.m. at the Glass Bowl via Gate A.

Seniors on the team were split evenly then drafted the coaches and underclassmen Wednesday into blue and white teams. The top pick for the blue team was sophomore offensive lineman Paul Perschon. The No. 1 choice for the white team was sophomore defensive lineman Treyvon Hester.

The game 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.

Tight ends coach Bryan Gasser will lead the white team, while cornerbacks coach D.K. McDonald will serve as head coach for the blue team.

Guest coaches for the game will be former Rockets Aaron Bivins, Tom Beutler and Albert Thigpen (white team), and Brett Kern, Jalen Parmele and Andy McCollum (blue team).

Third-year Head Coach Matt Campbell’s squad returns 19 starters from a 2013 team that went 7-5, including 10 defensive regulars and four offensive lineman. Toledo also returns six All-Mid-American Conference players, including first-team All-MAC senior linebacker Junior Sylvestre, who leads a defense that returns five of its top six tacklers. The Rockets’ offense returns four starters from the offensive line, while Jeremiah Detmer, a first-team All-MAC selection in 2013, is possibly the most accurate place-kicker in the country.

Toledo will open its season Saturday, Aug. 30, at home vs. New Hampshire.

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