Page leaves the Rockets after finishing one of the most prolific careers in UT history. He set school records for both career receptions (306) and season receptions (125 in 2011). His 306 career receptions tied the Mid-American Conference record held by Marshall's Josh Davis and Western Michigan's Jordan White, and is 43 shy of the NCAA mark held by Robert Broyles of Oklahoma. Page's three-year career at Toledo is loaded with accolades. As a freshman in 2009, Page caught 82 passes and made numerous Freshman All-America teams. In 2010, he hauled in 99 receptions and also made a huge impact as a kickoff returner. He was the only player in the BCS to return three kickoffs for touchdowns that year, earning a first-team spot on Walter Camp and Sporting News All-America teams. He was the first Rocket in 35 years to make first-team All-America.
This past season, Page caught a school-record 125 passes to lead Toledo to a 9-4 record. His 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown helped key Toledo's 42-41 victory over Air Force in the Military Bowl. Page was named first-team All-MAC at wide receiver, kickoff returner and punt returner, only the third player in BCS history to make first-team all-league at three positions. He also was one of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the nation's most versatile player.
First-team All-America selection at kickoff return position by Walter Camp, Sporting News and Phil Steele Publications...Second-team by SI.com...Only MAC player to make a major All-America team in 2010...First Rocket ever to be named first-team on Walter Camp All-America team, and first MAC player since Akron defensive back Dwight Smith in 2000...First Rocket to make any first-team All-America list in 35 years (QB Gene Swick, 1975-UPI)...Seventh Rocket ever to make first-team All-America...Named MAC Special Teams Player of the Year...First-team All-MAC at wide receiver and kickoff returner...Named National Kickoff Returner of the Year by College Football Performance Awards...Led team, third in MAC and seventh in nation with 99 receptions...99 catches is second on UT's all-time season receptions list behind current New Orleans Saint Lance Moore (103 in 2003)...Fifth in MAC and 22nd in country with 1,105 receiving yards...Led MAC and was third in nation in kickoff return average (31.1)...Kickoff return average is the best in UT history...Only player in FBS with three TDs off kickoff returns in 2010...Led MAC and was 12th in country in all-purpose yards (156.5).
Accounted for five TDs in 42-31 win over CMU...Caught 12 passes for season-high 127 yards and two TDs; returned two kickoffs for TDs; threw a 28-yard TD pass...Became first player ever from Mid-American Conference to return two kickoffs for TDs in one game...Named MAC Special Teams Player of the Week and national special teams Player of the Week by College Football Performance Awards for his performance vs. CMU...Six games with at least 100 yards receiving...Season-high 14 catches for 109 yards vs. Kent State...11 catches for 120 yards vs. Boise State...10 catches with one TD in win vs. Purdue...Ran kickoff back 50 yards at key point in fourth quarter of Purdue game...Ran kickoff back 98 yards for a TD with 7:26 left in the fourth quarter in win vs. WMU, first kickoff return for TD in his career...Named national special teams Player of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for his performance vs. Broncos...Named to "watch lists" for Fred Biletnikoff Award (nation's best receiver) and Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player in the nation)...A former high school QB who has completed 3-of-4 passes for three TDs and one interception on trick plays.
Named second-team All-MAC...Named first-team All-MAC by Phil Steele's Magazine...Named first-team Freshman All-America by Phil Steele and College Football News...Led all freshmen in the nation with 82 receptions and 1,159 receiving yards...Also led team in both categories...Ranked ninth in the country and second in the league with 6.8 receptions per game...15th in the nation and third in the MAC with 96.6 receiving yards per game...Broke Steve Odom's UT freshman record of 62 receptions and 838 receiving yards (set in 2003) in the Miami game...Just the fifth Rocket ever to gain at least 1,000 yards receiving in a season...Gained over 100 yards receiving six times...Led team in punt return average (13.4) and kickoff return average (27.0)...Team-high and career-best 152 yards on 11 catches with a 39-yard TD vs. Ball State...Set UT freshman record with 12 receptions vs. Purdue in his debut as a collegian...Totaled 128 receiving yards and caught one TD pass in that game...Came back with three receptions for 138 yards in Colorado game...Had 70-yard TD reception in CU game...Led team with six receptions vs. Ohio State.
Named Northwest Ohio's "Player of the Year" by Toledo Blade...2,381 yards on 256 rushes...1,102 yards passing on 71-of-133 attempts...Ran for 34 TDs, passed for 11 more and kicked 47 extra points...Was the Ohio Division II "Co-Offensive Player of the Year," league MVP and a first-team all-state selection...As a junior, ran for 2,039 yards and 23 TDs, and passed for 1,137 yards and 17 scores...Five times in career posted 300-yard rushing games...Compiled 8,800 yards of total offense in his career.
Full name is Eric Anthony Page...Birthdate: Sept. 23, 1991...Parents are Darnell Easterly and Amy Weemes...Has a younger brother, Darnell...Criminal justice major.
- As other prospects began the morning trying to dazzle NFL scouts at the vertical jump station, Eric Page paced alone in the background, focused on making the most of a second opportunity. Page, the University of Toledo star receiver who is bypassing his senior season to turn pro, had one objective in mind Tuesday morning at the school's pro day. The Springfield graduate wanted to improve upon his 40-yard dash from the NFL Combine and dispel any rumblings he might lack the necessary foot speed to play at the next level. He seemed to do that. Depending on whose stop watch was referenced, Page finished the drill in anywhere from 4.51 to 4.55 seconds, trumping the disappointing 4.6 he registered in Indianapolis. Results were kept private, but one NFL scout who wished to not be identified informed The Blade he timed Page at 4.5. Posting a better mark wasn't "the end all, be all," Page said, but trimming even a tenth of a second could bolster his appeal for April's draft. Representatives of roughly 20 NFL teams convened at Fetterman Training Center to get a closer peek at Page, Desmond Marrow, Kenny Stafford, and other draft-eligible players. "I think at the combine, you feel a little nervous going into it. You're out of your element," Page said. "Just coming back to pro day, our teammates are out here rooting us on and I felt a little more comfortable. ... I did real well." Page ran receiving routes and caught passes along with other position players, but he did not compete in other drills, choosing to stand firm with his combine results. - Ryan Autullo, The Toledo Blade
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