Toledo's Shakif Seymour celebrates scoring in the fourth quarter of the Thursday, August 31. Blade
From Week 1 to Week 2, University of Toledo football coach Jason Candle said he saw a lot of improvement with his team.
After a blowout win against Elon to open the season, Toledo earned a 37-24 win Saturday at Nevada. While Candle liked the growth and maturity the team showed handling a trip west and gutting out a road win, he saw some things on film he said needs to be corrected.
“I think we saw that in a lot of different phases,” Candle said of the team’s growth. “That being said, we probably regressed in a couple things as well. That’s not ultimately what you want to be. You want to continue to stay on the incline and on the improvement and not be taking steps back.”
The Rockets struggled with team discipline against the Wolf Pack, committing 14 penalties for 144 yards.
“In fairness to some of our players, their rep count was 20 to 24 in Week 1 and some guys like [wide receiver Cody Thompson] played 85 snaps on Saturday,” Candle said. “It’s a big difference in the amount of repetitions you get, and there are a lot of bullets flying at you from Week 1 to Week 2. If you are a player that your percentage or your grade dropped when the number of reps increased, then we need to have a conversation. If you are a guy that stayed the same or got better, then I think we are moving in the right direction.”
With the road win, Toledo will carry some momentum into a tough home matchup with Tulsa (1-1), a 10-win team last season.
“It gives us a lot of confidence going into the week,” senior defensive end Zach Quinn said. “We had a really good week of practice [last week] and studied their game plan and stuck to our game plan and came out with the win.”
Facing Tulsa, which beat Louisiana last week after a loss to Oklahoma State in its season opener, Toledo knows it will take a week of intense preparation to be ready.
“I think that every game, you have to be ready to play,” quarterback Logan Woodside said. “If we weren’t ready to play against Elon or Nevada, we would’ve gotten beat. I think we’re going to be locked in this week to our best ability. We know we have a great opponent and they have our full attention and we’re going to be excited to go on Saturday.”
As a team, Toledo is looking for improvement from week to week.
“We just have to have attention to detail and focus on the little things,” running back Terry Swanson said. “We have so much room for improvement and the sky is the limit for this group.”
FLORIDA TIES: With 11 players on the team from Florida, where Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc, Candle was glad to report all the players’ families and loved ones have remained safe.
“It’s a tough time down there, but our thoughts and our prayers are with everyone down there in that state, certainly with the high school coaches and teams down there and all of our guys’ families and everybody,” Candle said. “We are just hoping for a speedy recovery.”