Opelt Hopes to Stay Healthy in 2008

QB Aaron Opelt

Quarterback Aaron Opelt was forced into playing as a true freshman in 2006. Rocket head coach Tom Amstutz had planned to redshirt Aaron, but injuries forced him on the field, and within a few games he was the Rockets starting quarterback. Rocket Digest reporter Karl Rofkar recently talked to Aaron about the upcoming season.

Quarterback Aaron Opelt was forced into playing as a true freshman in 2006. Rocket head coach Tom Amstutz had planned to redshirt Aaron, but injuries forced him on the field, and within a few games he was the Rockets starting quarterback.

2007 was an up and down season for Opelt, due to injuries. When he was not injured he was playing very well for the Rockets. Toledo was 3-1 in the MAC in games that Aaron played the entire game. In games that he either missed or left early with injury, Toledo was 0-4 in conference play. Those are some glaring numbers.

Opelt threw for 1,756 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2007. In a three game stretch before getting hurt at Ball State and missing the final game as well, Aaron completed 60 percent of his passes for 867 yards with 7 touchdown passes and zero interceptions. Those stats have Rocket fans excited about what a healthy Aaron Opelt can do in 2008.

The junior signal caller recently talked to Rocket Digest reporter Karl Rofkar about the upcoming season.

"we've got a great team," said Opelt. "I know that. I'm not big on the polls. We go out here every year expecting to win the MAC Championship, just like every other team in the MAC. I think we've got a great team. I think we've got a chance to do that as long as we come together, and right now in camp, I think we're definitely on our way to doing that."

Another reporter asked about "flying under the radar" with some of the other great quarterbacks in the league, to which Aaron replied, "that's OK with me. We've got a season to go and we'll see what happens after that."

I asked Aaron about goals, personal and team, and he said it's a little too early to talk about those. "After camp's done we'll probably need to look at goals," Aaron said. "Right now, we're really focused on having a great camp, getting guys on time, hitting targets, and I think we're on our way to doing that."

Aaron had nothing but praise for the new offensive lineman stepping in, and the work of DaJuane Collins at running back. He also likes a couple of other running backs. "Adonis Thomas is definitely a shifty back, and if we put Warner outside, that gives you an idea......give him the ball out there and let him do what he's gotta do, that's one less thing for me to worry about."

Aaron talked a little about the new turf going in at the Glass Bowl, saying it's definitely going to help and that he felt the old turf was some of the worst he's ever played on. He played on Field Turf at Fremont Ross in high school, and an updated version of Field Turf is what is being installed at the Glass Bowl now.

Opelt credits the University and athletic department with recognizing that they were having problems with the old turf and is happy they (athletic department) are "taking care of us out there. We really appreciate it," said Opelt.

With DaJuane Collins in the backfield to hand the ball off to, and one of the best receiving duos in the MAC in Stephen Williams and Nick Moore to throw the ball to, Aaron Opelt is poised to have a huge junior season for the Rockets.

Keep checking in with Rocket Digest over the coming days as we continue to bring the best coverage of Rocket athletics with more coverage and features of current Toledo athletes and prospects for potential future recruiting classes.


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