We're working to confirm that coach J.D. Brookhart signed a five-year contract extension, as rumored on ZipsNation.org.
This would mean two things:
- Brookhart will begin to earn what he deserves.
- Recruits will count on playing for him their entire UA career.
As promised, I'll give you some more on Buffalo. Here is how the Bulls stack up in the MAC.
- Third-worst scoring offense, putting up 19.2 points per game (Akron is sixth at 22)
- Worst scoring defense, giving up 34.4 (fifth, 24.6)
- Fourth-best pass defense, allowing 171 yards per game through the air (fifth-worst, 202)
- Third-worst rushing offense with 89.8 yards per game (fourth-worst, 97.6)
- Second-worst total offense at 273.6 yards per game (middle of the pack, 329.4)
- Third-worst total defense, giving up 382 yards per game (middle of the pack, 337.4)
- Second-best punt return, with a 14.8 average (worst, 2.4)
- Fewest first downs, with 141 (middle of the pack, 165)
- Third-worst red-zone defense (best)
- Second-most sacks allowed with 30 (fourth-most, 25)
- Buffalo has no active offensive players among the league leaders. Quarterback Drew Willy is eighth in total offense, but he won't play Thursday due to a thumb injury.
- Defensive back Mike Newton has four interceptions, which is tied for third in the MAC.
- Kick returner Naaman Roosevelt is second in kick return average.
- Buffalo has three linebackers -- Jeff Bublavi, Ramon Guzman and Ollice Ervin -- who are in the top 10 in the MAC in tackles.
- Defensive lineman Trevor Scott has five sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss.
Overall, this isn't a good team statistically, but you can't discount the momentum they gathered after thrashing the Flashes.
Speaking of which, because Ohio has the tiebreaker over Kent, it is very unlikely the Flashes go to the MAC Championship, the ABJ writes. Maybe we'll hear from you again during basketball season.
Akron opened exhibition season with a 58-55 win over Slippery Rock.
Tom Gaffney's season preview talks about how the Zips will rely on Niki McCoy, the team's best all-around player, and Jessie Crooks. Two freshmen will share the point guard duty.
New coach Jodi Kest is pleased the team is working hard so far.
Swimming and diving
With her outstanding performance against Buffalo, Katelyn Lofland, the freshman from Idaho (Idaho?) earned MAC Swimmer of the Week.
Akron will compete next at Ohio on Friday.