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Prized QB commits to Akron

By mrasor Published: August 28, 2006

Football


Matt Rodgers, a drop-back quarterback from Pittsburgh, decided today to take Akron's scholarship offer.


Rodgers enters a depth chart full of youth. That's why I raise an eyebrow that Rivals.com calls Rodgers the Zips "quarterback of the future." After watching some highlight videos of Rodgers, I certainly hesitate to call him a bigger prospect than Sean Hakes.


Rodgers certainly seems to be a highly touted player, however. Ohio, Toledo and Bowling Green offered him a scholarship. Boston College also had interest.


The highlight videos showed me three things: 1) He's an accurate passer. 2) He locks onto one receiver too often. 3) He can scramble pretty well.


No word on whether Rodgers is related to rock/blues icon Paul Rodgers.


  • Today was the first day of classes: In the Student Union, the athletic department played a video of the Zips' MAC Championship victory.

  • This is purely anecdotal, but I saw a lot more Zips hats and Fear the Roo tee-shirts than last semester.

  • Here's yet another reminder: Join the Buchtelite's College Pick'em League. College Pick'em is basically a season-long contest to see who can predict the most winners of college football games. Buchtelite sports editor Dan Kadar has promised to award the winner a prize. Seeing how he won't pay for the fantasy baseball league I'm running away with, the better award will likely be pride.

  • If you don't have a Yahoo account, it takes a couple minutes to sign up. Then you click this link to join the Pick'em private league. The league ID number is 14831. The password is beatkent.

  • In the words of a cheesy infomercial, "Don't delay. Sign up today." The season begins Thursday.
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