Football With five hours of homework last night, I'll admit I only showed up for the very tail end of practice today. I went through the roster with J.D. Brookhart, and he filled me in on a few of the names unfamiliar to me...
Mateo Jimenez is a 5-foot-9 defensive back from Pembroke Pines, Fla. -- the same hometown as
Wayne Cobham. And their relationship is basically why Jimenez is walking on at Akron.
KC Patterson is a quarterback transfer from Sacramento State University. One of his coaches knew Brookhart, and that's how Patterson wound up at Akron. The sophomore is not getting any work running the offense this fall, and probably won't. He is participating in individual drills, however.
Stats show Patterson did not play last season for the Hornets, either.
Blake Smith is a defensive lineman from St. Louis. You may remember him as
a signee from two years ago. He wasn't eligible out of high school, but he took some classes, scored well enough on the SAT and now is on the roster. Smith is speedy, but certainly needs to put weight on his 225-pound frame to suit a three-man defensive line.
Aaris Reed, as you might have noticed, is not on the roster. The running back from Maryland, who had
a boatload of offers coming out of high school, is not academically eligible. The kid is talented, but if there's one position at which Akron can afford to lose talent this season, it's running back.
Tevlin Petit-Frere, another lanky defensive end, is suspended from the team. In typical Brookhart fashion, the reason for that is undisclosed.
I joke about Brookhart, but he has been especially accommodating to the media during camp.
As for practice today, he said he was glad there were no injuries on the first day of playing with pads. "You worry about guys trying to prove too much," the coach said.
I asked him about the progress of his wide receivers, and he said he was pleased.
Brandon Williams and
Alphonso Owen each will have the chance to win a starting job. The coach sees Owen and Fuqua as possible deep threats, which, in my opinion, the team needs opposite