Posted: 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013
By Zach Harig
Despite having two All-MAC receivers returning at the top of the depth chart, many questions about depth at the position for the Toledo Rockets lingered from 2012, leaving them searching for a productive third option this fall. Head coach Matt Campbell says look no further than junior wide receiver, Justin Olack. Olack caught just 19 passes last season for 260 yards and a touchdown, but has all the talent to breakout in 2013.
"Olack is ready to explode onto the scene, he's a guy with such great talent and ability," said Campbell. "We're really proud of what Justin has been doing in camp."
Despite Campbell's confidence in Olack, he says it'll be a team effort with a lot of younger guys added into the mix as well. "We really like the talent that our young guys in our program have."
"Cory Jones is electrifying already through camp, as well as Rodney Adams who can really run and get the football," Campbell said.
With talent, comes questions about playing time.
"There's going to be some great battles for depth and playing time," said Campbell. "But now we have a chance to have seven or eight guys who can step in and play for us...we have as much depth now as we've ever had in the past."
Aside from Olack and the freshman, Campbell says to watch out for junior wide receiver, Dwight Macon. Along with Olack, Macon didn't have the most productive 2012 campaign, catching only 18 passes for 110 yards. But, he has had a great camp thus far. "Dwight is certainly a guy that has tremendous ability," said Campbell, who added he is expecting Macon to play a big role in the passing game this season.
The Rockets' receiving core will be led by senior Bernard Reedy and sophomore, Alonzo Russell. However, it's the players behind Reedy and Russell that will make or break the offense this season. Toledo will lean on players who haven't been extremely productive in the past to find third and fourth options in the passing attack. How will it turn out? Well, we're only days from finding out.
Release the #MACtion.