He might only be a true freshman that just turned 18 years old a few days ago, but Eric Page
has not looked like it on the football field. The freshman slot receiver for the Rockets has been very impressive just four games into his collegiate career. He leads the team in receptions (26), receiving yards (433), and touchdown receptions (4 TD's).
He also has the longest reception of the season by any
Rocket with a 70 yarder, and leads the team in receiving
yards per game with 108.2 yards.
Page busted onto the scene in West Lafayette, IN on
September 5th. He set a new school record for receptions by
a freshman when he grabbed 12 passes against the Boilermaker
defense. He had 128 yards receiving and a touchdown in the
game. The touchdown was the first of a series of highlight
film-worthy touchdowns by Page.
in game two he had just three catches, but
they were for 138 yards and a touchdown. Again, the
touchdown was a highlight reel in itself, and this time made
ESPN's Top Plays of the Day.
's offense strugged in game three against Ohio State
but Eric Page was once again a bright spot with 6 receptions
for 54 yards. Then last Saturday at FIU, Page broke out
with 5 receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Once
again in the FIU game, Page made the highlight reel with a
touchdown reception that included some of the best moves
seen by a Rocket wide receiver since Lance Moore
Three 100-plus receiving performances through four games is
pretty impressive. Especially when two of the three
performances were against BCS schools.
What is even more impressive about Eric Page is that last
year at this time he was not a receiver. He was the
quarterback at Springfield High School in Holland, OH. A
mobile quarterback that liked to run, Page rushed for 2,381
yards while passing for 1,102 yards. He earned Ohio
Division II Co-Player of the year and 1st Team All-State
"Eric may be the best player to come out of the Toledo area
this year," said Toledo head coach Tim Beckman when
introducing Page as part of the school's 2009 signing class.
And so far, Page has lived up to that billing.
With MAC play starting this Saturday, Page looks to be one
of the most dangerous offensive playmakers in the
conference. Opposing defenses have to be concerned about
what he can do, but they also know they cannot put all of
their attention into Eric Page with Stephen Williams
up at a wideout position and DaJuane Collins and Morgan Williams
running the ball for the Rockets.
Coming into the season, Rocket fans thought that Lance
Moore's record for receiving yards in a season could be in
jeopardy. However, the thought was that a 6-5 senior wide
receiver would be the one putting that record in jeopardy,
not a 5-10 true freshman. That said, Page is on pace for
1,299 receiving yards. Lance Moore's record is 1,194
receiving yards during the 2003 season.
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Entering the 2009 season everyone expected UT senior wide receiver Stephen Williams to get his receptions. The question was who would step up and be another target for senior QB Aaron Opelt. After four games it is safe to say that question has been answered in a big way by someone that stands 5-10 and weighs around 160 pounds.
True freshman slot receiver Eric Page leads the Rockets in receptions and receiving yards