NYJD Staff Writer: Matt Deem
This was a matchup between two high tempo offenses, who run two very different schemes. Toledo’s spread offense and Air Force’s triple option were both very productive with over 80 combined points being scored.
Toledo WR Eric Page, a Paul Hornung award finalist and Air Force’s senior QB Tim Jefferson are the offensive leaders and both led their teams to a fantastic game with a wild finish.
Eric Page Junior WR Toledo
Page showed how he can impact a game in so many ways last night, with his 13 catches plus a terrific 87 yard kickoff return in the first half. Page is very versatile; they use him so many ways on offense. The quick bubble screen is where Page was most dangerous, it allows him to get the ball in his hands quickly and make 1 or 2 guys miss and gained good yardage each time.
Page is only a junior, but I can see him making an immediate impact with his return skills in the NFL. He has very good speed and can make guys miss, which made him 1st team kick returner and 1st team punt returner this year in the Mountain West. He showed that speed in the 1st quarter when he took an 87 yard kickoff back for a TD. He ran straight up the middle and made 1 guy miss and let his speed take him the rest of the way. He is very exciting and definitely has a future on the next level probably a mid-round draft pick in 2013.
Adonis Thomas Senior RB Toledo
Thomas is a very good running back who has good speed with surprisingly good power as well. He shows good vision running up the middle almost always makes the first guy miss and gets to the next level untouched. His quick feet allow him to make positive plays that normally get stopped in the backfield. He showed his breakaway speed on a 41 yard TD run in the first quarter where he took the draw wide and cut up field and went untouched for a touchdown.
Adonis really impressed me; he clearly has NFL skills and could make a roster next year as a 3rd down back despite his 5’10 185 lb. frame.
Tim Jefferson Senior QB Air Force
Jefferson really impressed me last night; he has a respectable arm and can make every throw in the book. He is the typical mobile Air Force QB, who runs a lot of options and bootlegs. He made a nice throw on a bootleg to the right completed it for a 19 yard catch over the middle, he ended the night with 159yds passing and 2 TD’s. He also had 14 carries last night for 61 yards, with the most impressive run coming on a planned QB sneak on 3rd and 13 in the red zone where he ran right up the middle and out ran the Toledo linebackers. At 6’1 205lbs.
Jefferson may have a chance to be a WR in the NFL; he would have to serve his 2 year duty first, but could be a 3rd WR for a NFL team someday if he works hard.
Jonathan Warzeka Senior WR Air Force
Warzeka is the prototypical Air Force offensive player, he does whatever you need him to do, whether it be rushing or receiving. He has good speed and showed it on a nice 60 yard run to set up a touchdown and later had a 37 yard catch over the middle of the field that resulted in a touchdown. He is only 5’10 180lbs, but plays like he is 6’5 215lbs, very tough runner who can take it the distance any time. He is also a very good kick returner. Warzeka is fun to watch and was a real weapon last night.