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Edward Toth

Ed Toth must have played larger than he actually was. Toth was a 6-1, 210-pound defensive and offensive lineman when he graduated from St. Vincent-St-Mary High School in 1955 and enrolled in the University of Akron. Toth’s size would have made him a rather large football player 50 years ago. But a look at the UA’s preseason depth chart shows the largest offensive lineman is 6-5, 315-pound Justin Hein and the largest defensive lineman is 6-2, 300-pound Kiki Gonzalez. Each would have dwarfed Toth. But size then and now is relative. It’s the heart of the players that matters. Toth had played bantam football and starred for the Irish, then quickly asserted himself once in a Zips uniform. In fact Toth, a Barberton native and 1981 UA Hall of Famer, became a four-year starter on both sides of the ball. Head coach Joe McMullen installed Toth at left offensive guard and at right defensive tackle, and Toth responded so well that he earned the Zips Most Outstanding Freshman award that year. In his junior year, Toth was leader of an offensive line that helped the 1957 Zips to a 7-1-1 record, a season during which he earned the team’s Most Outstanding Junior award. It was in his senior season, however, that Toth turned in his finest all-around performance. With Toth at right tackle on both sides of the ball, the 1958 Zips went 6-2-1 and predictably honors came Toth’s way He earned UA’s Most Outstanding Lineman award, was named first- team All-Ohio Conference, and finished second to Dave Adolph in balloting for the OC’s Mike Gregory Award, which was presented to the conference’s most outstanding lineman. In his four year collegiate career, Toth started 35 games consecutively, with the Zips posting a 22-10-3 record. Toth was selected to play in the 1958 Gem Bowl All-Star Game, and helped the West defeat the East.

Inducted 2005 | Football