Until the pads are on next week, judging talent on the Akron Zips football team will be akin to judging a beauty pageant while blind.
Here are a couple of observations. Keep in mind, it’s Day 1. In the time between now and opening night against UCF, I could hit the lottery:
The team, without a doubt, has improved its size especially on the lines and that’s not just because 6-foot-6 Nmsoma Okafor, a defensive lineman, is now on the team. With the addition of a stout defensive lineman Moses McCray along with his former FSU and once again teammate offensive lineman Henry Orelus at 6-foot-3, 331 lbs. the Zips will pack some beef.
Quarterback transfer Nick Hirschman is in camp and generally looked the part as a signal caller throwing a nice tight spiral and showing some confidence.
Senior wide receiver Jerrod Dillard looks as if he wants to make an impact this year. There was a distinct difference in attitude at the MAC Media Day last week, but if he keeps the focus he had on the field Thursday, he could have a nice season.
Sophomore running back Conor Hundley has reduced the body fat to the point where it looks as if he’s lost weight. He looks quicker too.
Of note in practice:
In his first touch in practice with the second team defense, Hundley ripped off a TD run…Hirschman found running back Tyler Williams for a TD.
C.J. James, who sat out last year because of NCAA transfer rules, showed some serious speed off the edge while rushing the quarterback, getting to Kyle Pohl a couple of times.
McCrary was singled out twice for his practice efforts.