Coach J.D. Brookhart watched an agonizingly poor performance at practice last week.
The team practiced at 2 p.m., rather than 9:30 a.m. It was the day the players moved out of the dorms. And it showed.
Brookhart wisely made a mental connection: This sort of thing happens all the time during the season. The team might practice at a different time because of a conflict. More commonly, the Zips (and most MAC teams) play an unusual amount of weekday games.
He thought, if a break from routine is what knocks my team off its game, then we need to fix that habit. As a result, the Zips practiced indoors today at Stile Field House, rather than on Summa Field. Unlike last week's 2 p.m. practice, this one was "pretty good," Brookhart said.
Six players who signed with Akron in February are not on the current roster. Two others are on the roster, but they are probably not eligible for 2009.