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Zips football: A few observations Day 1

By George Thomas Published: August 2, 2013

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.

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