The theme: Julian Edelman is a dual-threat quarterback in the purest sense of the term. But don't forget about the diminutive Eugene Jarvis, who has steadied the offense as a tailback and receiver out of the backfield. After three games, Jarvis nearly holds the team lead in receiving and rushing yards. But coach Doug Martin insists the team likes to travel through the air.
Kent State entered the season, much like Akron, in search of some receivers. Shawn Bayes has stepped up to catch nine passes for 139 yards. He's only 5-foot-10 but one of the Golden Flashes' fastest players. Tight end Tom Sitko (from Hoban) is another favorite target for Edelman.
Key players: QB Edelman, RB Jarvis
How the Zips can stop them: Contain Edelman. Contain Edelman. Contain Edelman. I hope Jim Fleming has had nightmares of KSU's QB having 20 yards of open greenspace before him on third-and-9. Let me help out. Blitz a lot. Make one of the safeties into a QB spy. Akron's athletic linebackers have succeeded in limiting tight end catches so far, so Sitko shouldn't be much of a threat. Trust your cornerbacks to cover Bayes on an island. They did fine against James Hardy and Brian Robiskie. Are you telling me Bayes is going to be that much harder to cover, especially considering the Zips will get better pressure on Edelman than they could on Kellen Lewis or Todd Boeckman?