5 Players Who Will Help The Toledo Rockets Chop Down the Missouri Tigers
5 Players That Help Lead The Toledo Rockets To A Shocking Win
The Toledo Rockets and head coach Matt Campbell entered this season with a potent offense poised to make it to another bowl game. Playmakers such as quarterback Terrance Owens, running back David Fluellen and wide receivers Bernard Reedy and Alonzo Russell were expected to lead the Rockets' offense and carry the team. However, in order to reach their goal, the Rockets will need the defense to come around and make plays.
After last week’s loss to the top ranked Florida Gators 24-6, the Rockets will need to step up their intensity for the rest of their schedule. They travel to Columbia, Mo. this weekend to face the Missouri Tigers and then square off against Eastern Washington before starting conference play. What seemed like a sure victory against Eastern Washington entering the season might be tougher than the team expected. Considering Eastern Washington is coming off one of the most impressive wins in the young college football season, by knocking off the No. 25 Oregon State Beavers at home 49-46.
The Rockets will need to stop the run as MAC play starts against Central Michigan on Sept. 21. Last week, the Rockets surrendered 262 rushing yards to the Gators in their 24-6 loss in Gainesville. If they are to pull off the upset on the road in Columbia this weekend, Toledo will need to stop the Tiger’s rushing attack. Missouri accounted for 692 total yards against Murray State en route to 58-14 home win. The Tigers torched Murray State for 358 yards rushing and will look to add to that total this week against the Rockets.
Toledo converted on only 1-of-13 third-down conversions last week as the Gators forced Owens to beat them with his arm. Owens struggled completing 17-of-38 passes for 155 yards and one interception. The Rockets could only muster 50 yards on the ground as a team and will need a better effort this week against Missouri.
If the defense can start to gel and not rely on the offense to bail them out, the Rockets can be a factor in the MAC. However, the Rockets need players other than their big four to come through for them.
These five players will be instrumental this week against the Tigers.
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The kicking is always important in any upset win and the Rockets will need to count on place kicker Jeremiah Detmer. He accounted for all of the Rockets points in Week 1. Detmer connected on field goals of 23 and 44 yards.
Chase Murdock, only a sophomore, played very well for the Rockets against the Gators. He had nine tackles and will be needed in run support this week against the Tigers high-octane offense.
Trent Voss was all over the field in the loss to the Gators. Voss accounted for 10 tackles (eight solo) and will pair with Murdock to fill the gaps against Missouri.
Jayrone Elliot was not a factor in the loss to the Gators. However, he did finish the game with four tackles. If the Rockets are to get the upset in Columbia this Saturday, they will need a stellar effort from Elliot. If he can get a jump off the edge, the Rockets will be able to pressure Missouri quarterback James Franklin.
Treyvon Hester is a load in the middle at 6-foot-3, 290 pounds. The Rockets will need him to stuff the middle of the line of scrimmage on Saturday. If Hester can cause double teams against the Tigers offensive line, this will allow linebackers Murdock and Voss to roam free to make plays.