After surpassing him for the single-season school passing touchdown record, University of Toledo junior quarterback Logan Woodside received a text message from Bruce Gradkowski.
Gradkowski, the former Rocket and current NFL free agent, set the Toledo passing mark with 29 passing touchdowns in 2003 and 2005.
With three touchdown passes in the 31-26 loss to Ohio University on Oct. 27, Woodside has 31 touchdowns this season with four regular season games left to play.
“He texted me and then I texted him back and said sorry about that,” Woodside said.
“He just told me congratulations and just to continue to go. He wants us to win a MAC championship. That’s one thing that he did that hasn’t been done here in a long time.”
Woodside’s 31 passing touchdowns lead the nation, and the quarterback from Frankfort, Ky., said he made the record a goal coming into this season.
“It’s a pretty big accomplishment for me,” Woodside said.
“It’s something that I had set out to do at the beginning of the year, so it was good to achieve on my goals.”
UT coach Jason Candle said Woodside’s record is a direct result of the time and effort that he puts in off the field
“Anything that kid accomplishes doesn’t surprise me number one,” Candle said. “Number two, it’s a product of his hard work off the field. With all due respect to Bruce, Bruce is a tremendous player here, one of the best ones to come through these doors and sit in that locker room, so for Logan to have his name mentioned in that light, hats off to Logan.
“I know what kind of competitor our quarterback is and what is really important to him. The touchdown pass record is secondary to team success. The look on his face after the game the other night wasn’t pounding his chest that he broke a passing record. It was disappointment. Being mentioned with Bruce is a great honor though, because he had a great career here.”
With four games remaining, Woodside said he has now put the record behind him and is focused on leading the Rockets to a MAC championship.
“Just to win football games,” Woodside said of goals for the rest of the season. “That’s one thing that I have always wanted to do is just win football games. I’m not really worried about the records. I’m just trying to help this team accomplish what hasn’t been done in here in 12 or 13 years.”
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