Other things I forgot to mention last night about the game...
- The athletic department paid for at least two "Detroit Roo City" billboards in the outskirts of Detroit. I don't know how much that cost, but it seems pretty useless to me. Maybe Mack Rhoades can bring that up next year when bowl committees are meeting. It definitely shows how gung-ho they are.
- Domenik Hixon dropped some key passes in the first half. I don't think he hurt his NFL value, though. I haven't seen him drop many passes in the past two years.
- Luke Getsy threw for 455 yards, setting a Motor City Bowl record. I think Getsy is destined to be an NFL draft pick. His development this year has been outstanding. Jabari Arthur also broke Randy Moss' MCB record with 180 receiving yards. Those two should lead the offense next year.
- Zips fans also got another taste of Ohio State-transfer running back Dennis Kennedy. He got a lot of carries in the first half, then disappeared for some reason. He probably will be the starter next year with Brett Biggs graduating.
- I'm being told by Buchtelite sports editor Mike Hixenbaugh that ESPN showed coach J.D. Brookhart's secrets to recruiting. He has a background in sales -- the philosophy he uses to recruit. But ESPN showed that Brookhart has paperwork that he gives to assistants that tells them how to respond to certain situations, based on the player's background. Hixenbaugh said, "So now anyone recruited by Akron knows it's a routine ... and the coaches are sort of reading off a paper."
- The Zips will bring back a lot of their starters. Strangely, I'm most worried about the kicking game. Place kicker Jason Swiger and punter Billy Sullivan are both seniors. I absolutely dread watching my favorite team lose because of kicking or punting. Luckily, Brookhart recruited Igor Iveljic from Mentor. He is supposed to be one of the nation's better kickers. After that, the defensive line is a concern with Kiki Gonzalez and Brian White graduating.
Akron's Dru Joyce has been named Mid-American Conference Player of the Week for his performaces in the San Juan Shootout. I wasn't too impressed by his sophomore season, but I like what he's been doing this year. He was always a good passer. Now he's also a good shooter, knocking down 56.5 percent of his 3-point shots.
Akron plays next on New Year's Eve against Wright State. It should be a slaughter.
For all you blogoholics, I have a link for you. The aforementioned Hixenbaugh has landed a spot blogging for the Sporting News. He's a good writer and will have good stuff. Just make sure those hot scoops come to me first. :)