What looked three months ago like a team strength might have become a weakness.
Akron's receiving corps boasted a talented, yet inconsistent senior in Jabari Arthur, two blossoming underclassmen in David Harvey and Jermaine Lindsey and promises of another to join them in Vince Hill.
Then Harvey missed the spring season with a mysterious personal issue. Arthur and Lindsey fell to injuries. Not counting Hill, who will join the team this summer, Akron's number one receiver suddenly became 5-foot-9 senior Marcus Patterson.
Will Harvey return? Will Lindsey be eligible? Will Arthur be at full strength? Can Hill contribute immediately? These are important questions to the offense. In one of the quirks of college football that happens occasionally, the Zips' receivers could be among the MAC's best or the nation's worst.
The spring showed an emphasis on the running game. It's good to start that mentality because -- with a new quarterback, questionable blocking and possibly a skeleton crew at receiver -- J.D. Brookhart might have no other choice.
We should know by the middle of the month whether Harvey and Lindsey will be on the 2007 roster.
A miscellaneous note...