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The morning after

By mrasor Published: September 21, 2008


    The grades...
    Quarterback -- Chris Jacquemain completed 56 percent of his passes. He made the passes he needed to. He did not make any serious errors, bouncing back nicely after throwing four picks last week. Grade: B
    Running back -- The Zips ran the ball more often this week. Low and behold, it paid off. Dennis Kennedy ran for 73 yards on 19 carries. That's only 3.8 yards per carry, but it was enough to keep the chains moving. Andrew Johnson outplayed Kennedy again, with 55 yards on 10 carries. Grade: B
    Wide receiver/tight end -- Andre Jones and Deryn Bowser are really good MAC receivers. Despite the concern about depth in the secondary, moving Jones to receiver has been a smart move. I thought Jeremy Bruce and Dashan Miller would be better, but the season is young. Grade: B+
    Offensive line -- The line had four penalties. There was a personal foul, a hold and two false starts. Besides that, they protected Jacquemain. Johnson and Kennedy were often untouched until beyond the line of scrimmage. Grade: B+
    Defensive line -- The line finally held its own. With five players out, this must be the youngest defensive line in the country. Something peculiar: The Zips started four linemen, two linebackers and five defensive backs -- probably because of Army's unique offense. Could this be the indicator that playing with only three defensive linemen won't work for the Zips? I have liked Shawn Lemon since the first practice I saw him. The problem is, he is not a 3-3-5 lineman. Same goes for Almondo Sewell. Sewell had a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. Lemon had nine tackles, one being for a loss. Grade: B+
    Linebacker -- Kevin Grant led the team in tackles with 10. It's safe to say Grant is back. Mike Thomas and Doug Williams had solid games. Grade: B
    Secondary -- Manley Waller is going to be a great player for Akron. He made his first interception. Wayne Cobham laid a good lick on an Army receiver, breaking up the pass. Miguel Graham recovered two fumbles. Bryan Williams forced a fumble and recovered one, too. Army threw for only 63 yards. The Zips have some playmakers in the backfield, and that's a must in the MAC. Grade: A-
    Special teams -- Igor Iveljic had the first bad game of his career, missing a chip-shot field goal and an extra point. Luckily, it came in a blowout. John Stec averaged more than 40 yards per punt. That is a nice improvement. The Black Knight were wise to kick away from Bryan Williams. Grade: B-
    Coaching -- The Zips were 1-of-9 on third down. It was not all about execution. Some of the play calls were terrible. On one play (I think it was the first drive of the game), Akron ran the ball on third-and-7. Who does that? Also, Johnson needs to be the featured back in the offense. Look at the stats: Kennedy -- 5.0 yards per carry. Johnson -- 5.8 yards per carry. I'm sure the coaches feel loyal to Kennedy, and that is admirable. There is a place for him in the offense, but it's not as the starter. Still, Akron continued to play hard, disciplined football. Next week will be a challenge. Cincinnati dropped 45 points on Miami yesterday. Grade: B
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