Two Rocket football players earn national recognition

November 29, 2010 | News, UToday
By Paul Helgren



Sophomore Eric Page was named national kickoff returner of the week by the College Football Performance Awards for his role in Toledo’s 42-31 victory over Central Michigan Nov. 26.

Page had two touchdowns on kickoff returns vs. the Chippewas, becoming the first Rocket to score twice in one game on kickoff returns. Page’s first kickoff return was a 99-yarder in the first quarter that gave Toledo a 14-7 lead. His second was a 95-yarder in the third quarter that gave Toledo a comfortable 35-17 lead.

Page’s 99-yard return in the first quarter was the second longest in school history. The record is 100 yards set by Chuck Hardy in 1948 vs. John Carroll. Page has three TDs on kickoff returns this season, the only player in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) to do so this season. His other kickoff return was a 98-yarder vs. WMU Sept. 18. He is also the only FBS player to return two kickoffs for a score in one game in 2010.

Page, a wide receiver, also caught TD passes of nine and 25 yards against CMU, and threw a 28-yard touchdown pass for a total of five TDs. Page led the Rockets with 12 receptions for 127 yards, earning honorable mention honors at wide receiver from the College Football Performance Awards.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Terrance Owens had another impressive outing, completing 24 of 32 passes for a career-best 304 yards and three touchdowns, and was the recipient of Page’s TD pass in the fourth quarter. Owens also earned honorable mention honors for national quarterback of the week from the College Football Performance Awards.

In addition, Owens and Page were honored by the Mid-American Conference. Owens earned MAC West Offensive Player of the Week honors while Page was named MAC West Special Teams Player of the Week.

And Page was named MAC Player of the Week by

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