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Enter Rocket fan Jeep giveaway contest

Rocket fans will have the opportunity to win a brand new vehicle as The University of Toledo has teamed up with Yark Automotive Group, Bud Light and iHeart Media for the Toledo Rocket Fan Jeep Giveaway Contest.

The contest will run through Friday, Oct. 27. Contest participants must be 21 years of age or older to enter.

There are three ways to enter:

• Text JEEP to 81530 for a chance to qualify (standard message and data rates apply);

• Go online at RocketFanYarkJeep.com or WIOT.com; or

• Enter at the Toledo vs. Northern Illinois football game Thursday, Nov. 2.

Entries are limited to one per person.

Two finalists will be selected via text or online entry, with the third finalist being chosen at the game.

All three finalists will receive a key, and one lucky fan will have the key to start and win a 2017 Jeep Wrangler.

For a chance to win, all entrants must be present at the game.

Tickets for the game can be purchased at the UT Athletic Ticket Office, online at utrockets.com, or by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653). Tickets are half-off for UT employees and retirees, and UT students are admitted free to home games with ID.

UT to induct 2017 class for Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame

The University of Toledo Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame will induct six former student-athletes and one coach at a banquet Friday, Oct. 20, at the Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle in Maumee.

Social hour for the event will begin at 6 p.m., and dinner will follow at 7 p.m. The class also will be introduced at halftime of the UT football game vs. Akron Saturday, Oct. 21.

Also at the banquet, the Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame will present the Distinguished Service Award to Joe Fink and Mike Renard. Fink is a longtime supporter of UT who has been an active member of the Downtown Coaches Association. Renard retired as UT’s equipment manager earlier this year after serving in the position for 34 years.

Tickets for the Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame induction dinner are $45 or $360 for a table of eight, and can be purchased by calling the Athletic Development Office at 419.530.5087.

The 2017 Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame inductees are:

Harvey Bowles, wrestling coach, 1975 to 1994. As wrestling coach for 21 years, Bowles led the Rockets to a Mid-American Conference title in 1982-83. During his UT coaching career, he mentored four All-Americans: Myron Shapiro (1975), Brad Smith (1976), Chuck Biggert (1979) and John Potts (1986). Under his leadership, Toledo wrestlers won 23 individual MAC titles. Bowles wrestled at UT from 1959 to 1961 before a back injury ended his career. Bowles was actively involved in the World Cup of Wrestling championships that were held in Toledo in the 1970s and 1980s.

Corfman

Joe Corfman, baseball, 2009 to 2012. A four-year letter winner, Corfman made first-team All-MAC in 2010 and 2012, and first-team all-region in 2010. In 2010, he knocked in 61 runs, scored 69 runs, and had 20 doubles, all of which rank second on UT’s all-time season list. As a senior in 2012, Corfman had 78 hits, 16 doubles and 22 stolen bases. On UT’s career list, Corfman ranks first in hits (261), first in doubles (54), second in runs (177), second in total bases (375), fifth in RBIs (134) and 10th in batting average (.329). Primarily used as a second baseman and third baseman, Corfman was a three-time Academic All-MAC selection from 2010 to 2012.

Dyer

Jacy Dyer, women’s swimming and diving, 2007 to 2011. Dyer was a four-time All-MAC swimmer and 10-time MAC Champion in her career. She also took second or third in six other events at MAC Championship Meets. She is the only UT women’s swimmer ever to qualify for the NCAA Championship in three different events. At the conclusion of her career, Dyer held more than 20 UT, MAC and various pool records. A two-time team captain, Dyer was named MAC Swimmer of the Year and UT Female Athlete of the Year in 2009-10. She made an immediate impact for the Rockets as a freshman, earning second-team All-MAC honors and breaking the UT record in the 1000 freestyle. As a sophomore, Dyer earned first-team All-MAC recognition and set the MAC record in the 500 freestyle at the MAC Championship Meet, the first of her 10 career MAC golds. She also finished second in the 1650 freestyle and fifth in the 200 free. As a junior in 2010, Dyer won MAC titles in the 200 free, 500 free, 1650 free, 400 free relay and 800 free relay. She earned first-team All-MAC and MAC Swimmer of the Year honors, leading UT to its first-ever MAC Championship crown. That year she set the MAC record in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:44.23, the second-longest current league record for any event. Dyer made first-team All-MAC one last time as a senior, taking four MAC titles in the 200 free, 500 free, 400 free relay and 800 free relay. She qualified and competed at the NCAA Championship Meet in the 200 free, 500 free and the mile. She placed 11th in the nation in the 800 free, the highest finish in UT history.

Galvan

Amy Galvan, softball, 1992-95. A four-year starter at first base, Galvan earned first-team All-MAC honors in 1993 and 1994, and made second-team all-league in 1995. She also made the All-Mideast Region Team in 1994 and 1995. She won the MAC batting crown as a sophomore in 1993 with a .418 average, the fourth highest mark in UT history. As a junior, she led the team with a .399 batting average (second in the MAC), RBIs (42, also second in the league), hits (71), doubles (13) and slugging percentage (.506). As a freshman, Galvan was a member of the squad that won the MAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Galvan ranks second at UT in career batting average (.349), hits (225), RBIs (95), slugging percentage (.461) and doubles (35).

Goulde

DeJuan Goulde, football, 1997-2000. Goulde was a three-time All-MAC defensive lineman, earning first-team honors in 1999 and 2000 and second-team recognition in 1998. As a sophomore in 1998, he had six sacks and 16 tackles for loss, helping lead Toledo to a MAC West Division title. In 1999, Goulde had 84 tackles, 10 sacks and 17 tackles for loss. His 10 sacks ranked him tied for second in the MAC, while his 17 tackles for loss ranked eighth. In 2000, Goulde was a force on one of the best defenses in school history. The 10-1 Rockets allowed just 81.5 yards rushing per game that season and shut out three opponents. Goulde had 73 tackles, nine sacks and 17 tackles for loss. He was named third-team All-America by the Football News, and he was runner-up for MAC Defensive Player of the Year. Goulde ranks third all-time on UT’s career list in tackles for loss (47) and tied for third in sacks (25).

Friedman

Chuck Friedman, men’s track and field, 1961 to 1964. Friedman was the first star sprinter for the UT track teams. He won four MAC sprinting titles in his career. In 1963, he won the 220-yard dash and took third in the 100 at the MAC Meet. He also qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 220, the first UT athlete to make it to the NCAAs. In 1974, Friedman won the 100- and 220-meter dashes, and anchored the 440-yard relay MAC title team that set the league record. He became the first UT runner to win more than one event at the MAC Championship Meet. That 440 relay team finished second at the Central Collegiate Championships, barely losing to eventual NCAA Champ Illinois. Friedman was runner-up in the 220 to 1964 U.S. Olympian Trenton Jackson of Illinois. He also qualified for and ran in the 1964 NCAA Championships in the 100 meters and 200 meters (21.6). Friedman graduated from UT with a degree in engineering in 1964 and received his MBA from Northwestern University in 1966. He helped start the Toledo Striders Track Club. He worked at Libbey-Owens-Ford Co. in Toledo for many years before being relocated to North Carolina, where he lives today in retirement.

Zilberstein Rezak

Fabiana Zilberstein Rezak, women’s tennis, 1989-93. Zilberstein Rezak competed in the No. 1 singles spot for three years for the Rockets and was a three-time All-MAC First Team selection (1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93). As a junior, the native of Buenos Aires finished fourth at the MAC Championships following a 20-10 record at the top singles position. In her final year with the Rockets, she posted a 13-6 overall record.

Rockets run past Chippewas, 30-10

Senior running back Terry Swanson rushed for a season-high 145 yards and two touchdowns as Toledo dominated Central Michigan, 30-10, on a rainy afternoon in Mount Pleasant.

A driving rain limited the passing games for both teams, forcing the Rockets and the Chippewas to lean on the running game. Toledo was able to sustain a consistent attack on the ground despite missing three starters on the offensive line, while the Rocket defense bottled up the CMU runners and forced Chippewa quarterback Shane Morris into a sub-par performance. Central was held to 244 yards of total offense, including just 49 yards and two first downs in the first half. Morris was 17 of 37 for 182 yards and two interceptions. CMU gained just 62 yards in 21 attempts on the ground, an average of 2.9 yards per carry.

Senior running back Terry Swanson led the offensive attack with 145 yards and two touchdowns.

Toledo (5-1, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) gained 399 yards of total offense. Senior quarterback Logan Woodside managed the game well, completing 10 of 18 passes for 89 yards, as UT leaned on the running game more than at any time this season. Redshirt freshman Shakif Seymour added a career-best 119 rushing yards, all in the fourth quarter.

The game started with a light rain, but by the middle of the first quarter, the conditions worsened, with a hard rain and gusty winds making it challenging for the offenses.

Toledo got on the board first on a 48-yard touchdown run by Swanson on a fourth-and-one call midway through the first quarter. The teams then exchanged empty possessions until Jameson Vest connected on a 41-yard field goal to give Toledo a 10-0 lead with 8:49 to play in the half.

Swanson came through again on fourth down late in the first half, scoring from 22 yards out on fourth-and-two to make it 17-0 with 1:19 left before intermission.

Central Michigan (3-4, 1-2 MAC) got on the board with a 23-yard field goal by Michael Armstrong with 27 seconds left in the third quarter. But the Rockets put the game safely in the win column by responding with an eight-play, 87-yard drive that was finished off by a five-yard run by Woodside. The extra-point attempt hit the upright, making the score 23-3. Seymour had a 39-yard run in the drive.

Moments later, redshirt freshman Justin Clark picked off a pass, setting up an eight-yard TD run by Seymour. CMU scored on a 26-yard pass from Morris to Shane Conklin with a minute to play to close out the scoring.

The Rockets return to Toledo next Saturday to host Akron in a noon kickoff in the Glass Bowl.

Toledo to battle Central Michigan in key MAC West matchup

Toledo will travel to Mount Pleasant to face Central Michigan for another critical Mid-American Conference West Division matchup Saturday, Oct. 14, at 3:30 p.m.

The Rockets (4-1, 1-0 MAC) out-battled West division foe Eastern Michigan, 20-15, at the Glass Bowl Oct. 7, but also suffered a big loss in the process. The outcome was not decided until sophomore safety Kahlil Robinson picked off his second pass of the game with less than a minute to play.

Sophomore Art Thompkins led Toledo’s rushing attack with 94 yards on 15 carries as the Rockets beat the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 20-15, to make it a happy Homecoming.

Senior quarterback Logan Woodside completed 23 of 34 passes for 289 yards to lead the Rockets over the Eagles. However, Woodside’s favorite target, senior wide receiver Cody Thompson, was injured early in the game and never returned. It was later confirmed that Thompson suffered a broken leg and will be out for the season.

Woodside ranks first in the MAC in passing yards (327.0) and passing efficiency (163.4).

With Thompson out, his top targets are sophomore Diontae Johnson (28 receptions, 16.4 yards per catch, five TDs) and junior Jon’Vea Johnson (16 receptions, 14.2 yards per catch).

Senior Terry Swanson (355 yards) and sophomore Art Thompkins (337 yards) lead the Toledo rushing attack.

Central Michigan (3-3, 1-1 MAC) is coming off a big win at Ohio. The Chippewas forced four turnovers on their way to defeating the defending MAC East champs, 26-23. Senior quarterback Shane Morris completed 25 of 35 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Morris, a transfer from Michigan, ranks second in the MAC behind Woodside with 264.2 yards passing per game.

UT quarterback named semifinalist for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

Toledo senior quarterback Logan Woodside is one of 20 student-athletes who were named semifinalists for the 2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

The award honors the top quarterback from all divisions for his accomplishments both on and off the field. Woodside is the only quarterback from the Mid-American Conference to make the list.

Woodside

Woodside leads the Mid-American Conference in passing yards (327.0 per game) and passing efficiency (163.4) for the 4-1 Rockets this season. Last year, he shattered nearly every Toledo passing record in the books. He led the nation with 45 touchdown passes, 16 more than the previous best in Rocket history. He connected on 69.1 percent of his passes for 4,129 yards, an average of more than 317 yards per contest and another school record. He graduated with a 3.4 grade point average in marketing last December and is working on his master’s degree.

Woodside is also a candidate for the Maxwell Award, which is given to the nation’s player of the year; the Davey O’Brien Award, which honors the nation’s top quarterback; and the Manning Award, another honor given to the nation’s top quarterback following the bowl season.

The 30th anniversary presentation of the Golden Arm Award will be held Friday, Dec. 8, at the Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor & Grand. The award is named for Unitas, an 18-year veteran of the NFL who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958.

2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Semifinalists
J. T. Barrett, Ohio State
David Blough, Purdue
Jesse Ertz, Kansas State
Luke Falk, Washington State
Riley Ferguson, Memphis
Ryan Finley, NC State
Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi St.
Quinton Flowers, South Flowers
Justice Hansen, Arkansas St.
Kenny Hill, TCU
Stephen Johnson, Kentucky
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Trace McSorley, Penn St.
Josh Rosen, UCLA
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
Brandon Silvers, Troy
Nick Stevens, Colorado St.
Clayton Thorson, Northwestern
Mike White, Western Ky.
Logan Woodside, Toledo

Standout winners of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award include Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997); Carson Palmer (USC, 2002); Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003); Brady Quinn (Notre Dame, 2006); Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007); Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009); Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011); Marcus Mariota (Oregon, 2014); Connor Cook (Michigan State, 2015); and Deshaun Watson (Clemson, 2016).

UT to host annual women’s basketball fundraiser Oct. 19

Toledo will hold its sixth annual Cake, Rattle & Roll Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium. The musical squares fundraiser hosted by the Rocket women’s basketball team.

The cost is $55 per person, $100 per couple and $10 per child age 12 and younger, with all proceeds going to the UT Women’s Basketball Program.

Attendees also can reserve an eight-person table for $500 or purchase the MVP package for $1,000, which includes a reserved table for eight and a signed Toledo basketball.

“This annual event is a fun fundraiser,” three-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year Tricia Cullop said. “It provides our fans the opportunity to interact with the players and coaches. This event also gives them a great chance to walk away with some pretty cool prizes.”

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., followed by a short program featuring Minnesota Lynx Head Coach Cheryl Reeve and three cake walks. Attendees will hear live music by area band Nine Lives and sample food donated by local restaurants while vying for numerous prizes.

Reeve is by percentage the winningest coach in WNBA history and has won the most postseason games of any coach in league history. She also was named the WNBA Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2016.

“We’re very honored to have Cheryl speak at this year’s event,” Cullop said. “She is one of the, if not the, top coach in our sport.”

For more information or to reserve a spot or table for the event, contact Lauren Flaum, director of women’s basketball operations, at 419.530.2363 or lauren.flaum2@utoledo.edu. RSVPs are requested by Friday, Oct. 13.

Toledo-Akron game Oct. 21 to kick off at noon

Kickoff for Toledo’s home football game against Akron Saturday, Oct. 21, has been set for noon.

The Mid-American Conference matchup will be televised on the Raycom Sports Network.

Tickets for the Akron game are on sale now.

Tickets are available at the UT Ticket Office, by calling 419.530.GOLD or online at utrocketstix.com. Tickets are half off for UT faculty and staff, and free for UT students with IDs.

The Rockets (4-1, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) travel to Central Michigan (3-3, 1-1 MAC) Saturday, Oct. 14, for a 3:30 p.m. contest in Mount Pleasant.

Diversity expert talks with student-athletes

The University of Toledo’s student-athletes, coaches and Athletic Department staff members were treated to a presentation on diversity and inclusivity by motivational speaker and educator Dr. Derek Greenfield on Thursday evening.

The interactive discussion promoted diversity, cultural competence and inclusive excellence; it was part of the Mid-American Conference’s 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Program and sponsored by the Student-Athlete Academic Services Office.

Motivational educator Dr. Derek Greenfield talked about diversity Oct. 12 in Savage Arena.

More than 200 student-athletes filled the stands at Savage Arena as they engaged in interactive discussion on promoting diversity, cultural competence, and inclusive excellence.

During the program, the student-athletes broke up into small groups or talked as one large crowd, and by the end of the night a lot of laughs, tears and hugs were shared between all in attendance.

“I was blown away by Dr. Greenfield’s presentation and the powerful message,” said Jillian Lehman, coordinator for student-athlete development. “To see our student-athletes share so many emotions and come together to support one another was a very meaningful and uplifting experience. Hopefully, this togetherness can continue throughout the semester and year because if students are themselves, it will only make the Rocket family better, as Dr. Greenfield puts it.”

“The presentation was life-changing,” women’s basketball freshman Tatyana Davis said. “I was glad to experience this with all UT student-athletes and my teammates. We are planning to have more discussion as a team to continue to support each other.”

Senior football player Cody Thompson called the presentation “one of the most amazing experiences in my life.”

Greenfield said he hoped the group learned “the spirit of inclusive excellence” from his visit.

“That when people can be who they are, they’re better, and when they’re better, we’re better. That we know about each other and we can support each other. As a result, we can perform better on the court or in the classroom and in life,” he said. “This is an amazing family. Hopefully, by breaking down a few of those walls, they came closer together and realized how amazing we can be if we support each other with love.”

Greenfield’s powerful keynotes and workshops on issues such as diversity and inclusion, motivation, team building, student development and innovative pedagogy have been featured at a wide range of conferences, companies and colleges. Prior to his full-time speaking career, Greenfield spent more than 20 years as a college professor and administrator. He most recently served in the chief diversity officer role at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss.

Men’s hoops to hold Rocket Roundball Social in Savage Arena Oct. 16

ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy will serve as the keynote speaker for Toledo’s annual Rocket Roundball Social Monday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the main floor in Savage Arena.

UT President Sharon L. Gaber is hosting the event, and all proceeds will go directly to the Toledo Men’s Basketball Progress Fund.

Van Gundy

The Rocket Roundball Social, which is an event that has grown into a UT basketball tradition, offers individuals the opportunity to meet Dr. Gaber, Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk, his staff and players while sampling food from some of Toledo’s finest restaurants.

Van Gundy joined ESPN in 2007 and serves as analyst for the NBA finals on ABC, the NBA conference finals, NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC, and several regular-season and NBA playoff games.

Prior to joining ESPN, Van Gundy was the head coach of the Houston Rockets, where he had a 182-146 record. He also served as head coach of the New York Knicks from 1995 to 2002 and compiled a 248-172 mark. Van Gundy graduated from Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., where he helped the Golden Flyers to the NCAA Division III Eastern Regional title in 1984 and was honored with induction into the Nazareth College Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

“We’re extremely excited to have Jeff Van Gundy serve as the guest speaker at our Rocket Roundball Social,” Kowalczyk said. “Along with his father, Bill, and brother, Stan, Jeff is a member of what I truly believe is the greatest coaching family in the history of basketball. He’s an unbelievable communicator, highly intelligent, and he’s always been a strong advocate for the coaching profession. I know that Jeff will do a tremendous job entertaining our supporters.”

A silent and live auction will be held during the evening. Some of the items available for purchase are a seat on a charter flight for the Rockets’ game at Kansas Nov. 28, a road trip with the Rockets, all-access program pass for a game, Toledo basketball apparel and assorted memorabilia.

Advance ticket options include an individual ticket for $100 and a reserved table of 10 for $1,000.

Payments can be made via cash, credit card or check. Checks should be made payable to the UT Foundation.

Reserve tickets by Wednesday, Oct. 11, by contacting Toledo basketball via email at toledombb@gmail.com or call Associate Head Coach Jason Kalsow at 419.530.7739.

Rockets pull out thrilling Homecoming victory, 20-15

Senior quarterback Logan Woodside threw for 289 yards and sophomore safety Kahlil Robinson intercepted two passes to lead Toledo to a hard-fought 20-15 victory over Eastern Michigan in UT’s Homecoming game at the Glass Bowl Saturday.

Robinson, starting in his first game as a collegian, picked off his second pass at the UT 31-yard line with 55 seconds left in the game to snuff out a last-minute Eagle rally and clinch the Rocket victory.

Redshirt freshman Shakif Seymour celebrated his touchdown in the second quarter.

Woodside completed 23 of 34 passes on the day. His top target was sophomore Diontae Johnson, who caught eight passes for 97 yards. Sophomore Art Thompkins, starting in place of the injured Terry Swanson, led the rushing attack with 94 yards on 15 carries. The Rockets out-gained Eastern Michigan, 419-326, holding the Eagles to just 73 yards rushing on 23 attempts.

Toledo’s leading receiver, senior Cody Thompson, was injured early in the game and never returned. Head Coach Jason Candle said after the game that Thompson suffered a leg injury and likely is lost for the season.

UT (4-1, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) got on the board first on its first possession on a 27-yard field goal by Jameson Vest. But it was a costly drive, as Thompson was injured following a 32-yard pass completion. Both teams missed field goals on the next two drives, EMU from 50 yards and the Rockets from 21 yards out on a fumbled snap.

Eastern Michigan (2-3, 0-2 MAC) took the lead on the next to final play of the first quarter on an 11-yard pass from Brogan Roback to Johnnie Niupalau. The score capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive. The extra point was no good, giving the Eagles a 6-3 edge.

Toledo had a chance to tie the score midway through the second quarter, but Vest’s 35-yard attempt sailed wide left. The Rockets broke through on their next possession, however. Woodside drove the offense 52 yards in eight plays, capped by a one-yard touchdown run by redshirt freshman Shakif Seymour on fourth down that gave UT a 10-6 edge going into the locker room.

Toledo extended the lead to 17-6 midway through the third quarter on an 18-yard touchdown run by sophomore Art Thompkins. The score came after UT failed to punch the ball into the end zone on fourth and goal from the one-yard line. A short punt and a penalty by EMU that gave UT the ball on Eastern’s 18-yard line, and Thompkins scored on the next play.

The Eagles trimmed the lead to 17-9 on a 46-yard field goal by Paulie Fricano with 6:08 left in the third quarter. Later in the fourth quarter, EMU struck again when Roback hit Antoine Porter for a 12-yard TD. It appeared that the Eagles tied the contest with a two-point conversion, but a video review revealed that Porter’s foot was out of bounds on his catch in the back of the end zone.

Vest’s second field goal of the day, a 20-yarder, moved Toledo’s lead to 20-15 with 2:58 to play. In EMU’s final drive, Roback completed a pass on fourth and nine for a first down to the UT 37-yard line with a little more than one minute left in the game. A holding call moved the ball back to the 47-yard line, then Robinson finished off the victory with his interception.

The Rockets resume MAC action next week at Central Michigan.