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2013 Toledo Spring Outlook(6-8, 310) are a pair of giants who will be battling it outthis spring. Junior Robert Lisowski was a key reserve in2012 and figures to be in the rotation again this year.DefenseToledo’s defense has made great strides in the pastfew years. Now the Rockets are faced with the challengeof replacing numerous key performers who were a bigpart of that resurgence.Eight starters are gone from last season’s team, includinga pair of first-team All-MAC players in linebackerDan Molls and safety Jermaine Robinson. But Campbellis excited about his returning veterans, as well as somenew faces in the lineup.“We have many players who may not have been starterslast year, but who played a lot and are battle-tested,”said Campbell. “When I see the level of athleticism wehave in our defense, I’m very excited. We have the potentialto be very good.”The defensive line is a good example. All four playerswho started on the line in Toledo’s final game last seasonare gone. But the Rockets have six other players who haveeither been starters or played extensively as a reserve.Senior defensive end Christian Smith is Toledo’s mostexperienced D-lineman. A part-time starter in both hisfreshman and sophomore seasons, Smith became a fulltimestarter last year. He was leading the down-linemenin tackles when he went down with a season-endinginjury in the fifth game of the season. He is healthy nowand poised for a big season.“It was tough losing Christian last year,” said Campbell.“He has recovered nicely from his knee injury. He’splayed a lot of football here and is definitely one of theleaders on this team.”Toledo has a veteran at the other defensive endspot, senior Jayrone Elliott. Eliiott had 31 tackles andone sack as a sophomore and 18 tackles and six sacksas a junior. Campbell feels Elliott is ready to step into afull-time role in 2013.Campbell will be looking closely at a number ofother defensive end candidates this spring, most notablyjunior Ray Bush and sophomores Allen Covingtonand Kennan Gibbs. Bush is moving from linebacker,while Gibbs is coming back after missing all of 2012due to injury.Toledo’s most experienced inside lineman is seniorElijah Jones. Jones had 31 tackles and 7.5 tackles forloss as part of the regular rotation as a junior. A pair ofJunior cornerback Cheatham Norrills earned thirdteamAll-MAC honors in 2012.sophomores who saw some action last year —OrionJones and Chris Collins—are expected to competeat the other defensive tackle spot. Sophomore juniorcollege transfer Robert Zimmerman has the size (6-3,325 pounds) that will automatically put him on the radarscreen this spring.At linebacker, the Rockets have a hole the size of266 tackles to fill. That’s the number of stops that DanMolls (166) and Robert Bell (100) combined for in 2012.Replacing those outgoing seniors would seem to be adaunting task but Campbell is confident that his linebackingcorps won’t miss a beat.Part of the reason for Campbell’s optimism is thereturn of sophomore Trent Voss. Voss had 47 tacklesas a freshman, but by the end of the season he wasregarded as one of Toledo’s best defenders. Voss (6-3,220) played inside and outside linebacker last year, andis quick enough to play safety, according to Campbell.Competing with Voss at outside linebacker are a pairof seniors, Vladimir Emilen (33 tackles in 2012) andEthan Kagy.The competition at “Mike” and “Will” linebackerwill be fierce this spring. Junior Sylvestre, a junior,is the most experienced returnee, totaling 49 tackleslast season. Sophomore Chase Murdock (11 tackles)also looked good in limited action last year. Redshirt-continued next page-

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