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University of Akron Zips blog releases top 300 recruits for 2010

By mrasor Published: March 26, 2009

Two players in's new top-300 rankings have interest in Akron. Strangely, the site says that the Zips have not reciprocated by offering a scholarship.

    They are...
    Aaron Donald, defensive tackle, Pittsburgh Offers: Pittsburgh and Toledo Height: 6-foot Weight: 257 Speed: 5.16 Notes: ranks Donald as the No. 182 player in the nation and the No. 16 defensive tackle. The site's scouts say Donald is explosive off the line.
    Manessah Garner, linebacker, Pittsburgh Offers: None Height: 6-2 Weight: 200 Speed: 4.65 Notes: Scout also lists Garner as a wide receiver. He is the No. 289 player in the nation and the No. 19 outside linebacker.

    Notes... has released the 2009 schedule. Four of the six home games are on Saturdays. The other two are on Fridays. That is great news for fans who love to tailgate (and Mack Rhoades has promised that campus will be fertile for tailgating). The most difficult part of the schedule appears to be three consecutive road games against Buffalo, Syracuse and Northern Illinois.
    I know it wasn't the initial plan to open up against a Division I-AA team, but I like it. If there is any hope for this program, that first game will sell out. Then it should be close to a sell-out the next week against Indiana. If Akron has won two of its first three games (and it should), attendance will remain high.
    I'm surprised to see Miami is not on the schedule for the second-straight year. The MAC office has a real scheduling challenge with 13 teams, but the conference is destroying a rivalry.
    As Tom Gaffney reports, Akron has had trouble finding healthy running backs this spring. DeVoe Torrence, Dale Martin, Alex Allen, Gary Pride and Joe Tuzze are injured. This sounds alarming, but it's not a big deal. Injury plagues happen every spring to almost every team. If you had to pick a position, it's probably best to afflict the running backs because they are not as central to the team finding on-field chemistry as the offensive line or quarterback corps, for example. Martin's injury is the only one that I'm certain has long-term ramifications.


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