Former Hilton Head Island High School quarterback Michael Julian has been patiently waiting his turn on the Toledo Rockets bench.
Now it looks like his patience has paid off.
Julian, a redshirt freshman, is likely to draw the start when Toledo (6-3, 6-0 MAC) hosts Northern Illinois (7-2, 4-1) at 8 p.m. Tuesday (ESPN2). A win by the Rockets would mean a berth in the MAC Championship.
Starting quarterback Logan Woodside injured his lower left leg during last week’s 30-20 win over Kent State. After an MRI, he has been cleared to play and officially is listed as a game-time decision, but indications are Julian will get the nod.
“A conference championship bid on the line, a prime-time game on national TV, what else could you want?” Hilton Head Island High head football coach B.J. Payne said. “That’s just about perfect.”
In mop-up duty after Woodside went down, Julian completed 2 of 6 passes for minus-1 yard and carries three times for 1 yard. In limited action for the season, he’s completed 4 of 9 passes for 23 yards. He also has a 65-yard punt in his only attempt.
When Julian made his commitment to Toledo in January 2013, he chose the Rockets over bigger programs that offered him like Arizona, Clemson, Wisconsin, Boston College and N.C. State.
“It was the way that the bigger schools came in,” he said at the time. “I almost felt like a back-up plan or something like that. ... They’ve known about me for years. They didn’t step in then.”