Toledo on Monday named junior Logan Woodside its starting quarterback for its season opener at Arkansas State. He earned the nod over junior Michael Julian and redshirt freshman Mitch Guadagni.
Rockets Coach Jason Candle said Woodside, who starred at Franklin County, “was on a different level throughout camp. I’ve been a big fan of what he’s done, he’s really taking on the leadership role.”
Woodside was listed as Toledo’s No. 2 quarterback behind Alabama transfer Philip Ely last season but ended up redshirting as a junior. Woodside made 11 starts during the 2014 season after Ely went down with a season-ending injury and put up impressive numbers; he ranked fourth in passing efficiency and completion percentage in the Mid-American Conference and led the Rockets to a win over Arkansas State in the GoDaddy Bowl.
“I wouldn’t say it’s much of a relief,” Woodside said of being named the starter. “Now I just have to prepare even harder than I have been, find a way to lead this team and win.”
Woodside helped lead Franklin County to the Class 5A Region 3 finals in 2012, a run that included a 62-59 shootout victory over a Conner squad led by UK quarterback Drew Barker. Woodside finished with 2,760 yards and 39 touchdowns that season. Seventeen of those scores were thrown to current UK wide receiver Ryan Timmons.
Toledo’s opener is scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday and will air on ESPNU.