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In 12 games as a freshman last season, Bernard Reedy caught five passes for 32 yards.
Thursday night in the University of Toledo’s 58-22 season-opening victory over New Hampshire at the Glass Bowl, the 5-9 wideout from St. Petersburg, Fla., hauled in five catches for a game-high 113 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
“It makes my confidence higher than it already was,” Reedy said. “It won’t get too high, though, because we have O-State [Ohio State] next week and they’re a great team.”
All last season, the Rockets looked for a No. 2 option to emerge in the passing game to take some of the opposition’s focus off Eric Page, but that player never materialized.
Could Reedy be that guy this year?
“I believe it could be anybody, honestly,” Reedy said. “I guess it just so happened to be my night.”
Reedy’s two touchdown catches were nearly identical. His first came on sophomore quarterback Terrance Owens’ first attempt of the night on a 29-yard pass in the middle of the end zone, and the second came when junior quarterback Austin Dantin found Reedy wide open again down the middle of the field and Reedy took it the rest of the way for a 63-yard score.
“The first one came on a delayed pass. The concept of the play is to get behind the linebacker and wait, then go up the middle of the field,” Reedy said. “The second one was the same — fake like I was blocking and do the same thing.”
THE ADONIS: Senior running back Adonis Thomas admits he’s starting to like his role as the Rockets’ featured option in the run game.
“It’s kind of cool,” said Thomas, who rushed nine times for a game-high 115 yards and one touchdown against New Hampshire. “It has its ups and downs. The ups are when you make plays and get the whole team excited, and the downs are when you go watch film and you don’t make a play that they’re expecting you to make and they kind of get on you.”
In his last seven games dating back to last season, Thomas has surpassed the 100-yard plateau five times and has totaled 878 rushing yards and eight touchdowns during that span.
INJURY NOTES: Sophomore safety Ross Madison left Friday’s game with an ankle injury and was seen leaving the field on crutches, but UT coach Tim Beckman said he expects Madison will be ready for next week’s game at Ohio State.
Junior wide receiver Cordale Scott came off the field in agony during the third quarter with what appeared to be a leg cramp, but Beckman said he later went into a “full body cramp” and had to be administered intravenous fluids in the training room.
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