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Published: Friday, 11/16/2007

UT QB Opelt will miss Bowling Green game due to injury

BY MAUREEN FULTON
BLADE SPORTS WRITER
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University of Toledo quarterback Aaron Opelt will not play against Bowling Green State University next Friday after injuring his left foot against Ball State.

UT coach Tom Amstutz said yesterday that both freshman D.J. Lenehan and junior Clint Cochran will take snaps as the first-team quarterback in practice in preparing for the Rockets' final game.

"I plan on playing probably both quarterbacks," Amstutz said. "I don't know which one I'll start. They both have to be prepared. They both should see action."

Opelt left the game Tuesday in the fourth quarter after he came up limping after being tackled on a 19-yard run. Lenehan replaced him and was 0-for-4 with an interception.

Lenehan started two games earlier in the year and performed well, completing 68 percent of his passes for 576 yards and four touchdowns. But against Ball State Lenehan didn't look as sharp.

"I know what Lenehan can do," Amstutz said. "I saw what he can do when he's prepared for a game. He's a good young quarterback. He was thrust into kind of a tough situation in that game."

Cochran injured his shoulder Sept. 29 against Western Michigan and has not played since. He has suited up for the past two games, though. Cochran has played in four games, completing 18-of-32 passes for 206 yards.

"He's healthy now," Amstutz said. "This is about perfect timing. Clint will help share the load in one way or another."

Opelt's season looked promising at times but was marked by early inconsistency and injuries. He missed two games after getting injured in the Western Michigan game on a running play similar to the one he got hurt on against Ball State. When he returned against Ohio, he put together three good games.

Opelt finished the year completing 57.8 percent of his passes for 1,756 yards, throwing for 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 156 yards and four touchdowns.

Contact Maureen Fulton at:

mfulton@theblade.com

or 419-724-6160.



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