Losing a defensive lineman for an extended period was the one thing Akron could not afford.
When Jared Cecchetti went down with a broken fifth metatarsal in his foot, it happened.
The defensive lineman is expected out for five to six weeks. "That's a stinger right there," coach J.D. Brookhart said.
It's a similar injury to what Jabari Arthur suffered this spring. Former offensive lineman Mike Donaldson also broke that bone, but he returned in four weeks. Coaches hope to have their senior leader of the line back by then, too.
In Cecchetti's absence, Wallace Pendleton will play nose guard and Eric Lively will move back to tackle. Almondo Sewell's status as starting end is not affected.