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Looking ahead to Army

By mrasor Published: September 17, 2008

Football
Army is fresh off a thrashing by Temple (35-7) and Division I-AA's New Hampshire (28-10).
The Black Knights have faced weak competition and still gotten their armor crumpled.
This game might not mean a whole lot to Akron's season, but if the Zips lose, it will be devastating to morale and J.D. Brookhart's future as coach.
But don't worry. It won't happen. Army is awful.
Quarterback Carson Williams has been efficient this season, but he has only attempted 21 passes in two games. With Akron's futility in stopping the run, we probably won't see much of him Saturday either.
In fact, Army recently implemented an option scheme on offense. Williams and backup quarterback Chip Bowden have combined for 27 carries -- more times than the two have passed the ball (24).
Their option pitches typically find Collin Mooney, a running back who has 42 carries for 138 yards (3.3 yards per carry) and no touchdowns. Or the option pitches find the turf. Army has fumbled seven times and lost six of them in two games.
All of that has added up to 17 points this season -- against weak competition, mind you.
Despite giving up 63 points against lowly competition, Army's defense has not completely been to blame. The Black Knights have held opponents to an average of 152 passing yards and 159 rushing yards per game. They have also recovered four turnovers. It seems to me like the typical Army defensive unit: undersized, slow, but they hustle and make plays.
Men's soccer
ESPN.com has a feature on Akron and Steve Zakuani, saying the Zips came down to earth a little this weekend by losing to New Mexico and tying Missouri State.
The Zips will be home for the next three games. They play Florida Atlantic Friday at 12:30 at Lee Jackson Field.
Miscellaneous
The ABJ's Patrick McManamon wrote a great story about how Don Haskins had in impact on Mack Rhoades' life.
Haskins, known as the first coach to break the color barrier in college basketball, died recently. Rhoades worked with him and told some fascinating stories to McManamon.

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