Finally, an official answer to whether or not Bryant Koback can suit up this year for Toledo.
Yes, he can.
I just got word that Bryant Koback is eligible to play this year for Toledo. The Springfield HS alum transferred from Kentucky & the NCAA has deemed him eligible for this year. Huge news for the Rockets.
— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) July 30, 2018
A true Blessing🙏🏽🚀💯 https://t.co/nrn3asqcaI
— Bryant Koback (@koback27) July 30, 2018
Koback’s a local kid (Holland, Ohio) that signed with and went to Kentucky last year, but transferred and moved to Toledo during the winter to be closer to home for a family-related matter. The NCAA finally gave the thumbs up on Bryant’s application to not have to sit out a year with the transfer rules, which is a huge thumbs up for Toledo’s offense.
Listed at 6-foot, 193 pounds, Koback enters the season as a redshirt-freshman and was bound to be in Kentucky’s rotation had he not left the program. He’s been practicing and training at Toledo since the winter and, by my optics, could very well end up being the every-down back that Toledo really needed this season.
If Koback weren’t able to play this year, Shakif Seymour was likely to get the lion’s share of carries for the Rockets. Last year, Seymour was used mostly in short-field situations and it paid off. The bowling ball of a then-redshirt-freshman (currently 5-foot-11, 218 pounds) was third in the MAC with 12 rushing touchdowns, right behind Terry Swanson with 14. If Bryant can fortify himself as a spark-plug for this offense and Seymour can be the trustworthy, bulky back to share the workload, Toledo’s running attack is likely to be top-5 in the MAC for the 10th year in a row.