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Zips football: Practice session 12

By George Thomas Published: April 23, 2013

It’s a tired refrain but the offense remains the focus for the Akron Zips in practice as the defense continued to show dominance.   Zips fans should get used to that until the fall rolls around.  This is in no way the finished team and a number of players will be arriving for training camp to bolster the roster. 

Offense today:  There wasn’t much in the way of sustainability.  Although there were a couple of plays that stood out, including a strike over the middle from backup quarterback Dalton Easton to D.J. Jones, for the most part the performance proved bland.  One of the problems is lack of consistent play from wide receivers. It’s noticed in players such as fifth-year senior Jerrod Dillard who grabbed nine TDs last year, but isn’t a player who excels in practice.  Case in point: on a pattern to the end zone, had Dillard leaped for the pass over a DB who was at least five inches shorter than he, the offense would have had a TD.  It’s one of those nagging things the Zips will have to work on.

Defense today:  This unit continues to dominate whether it’s the second team or first team.   Take away one thing from all of this that those who come to Saturday’s annual spring game will see a hard-hitting unit that works hard, moves as one and punishes.

Of note:  D.J. Jones continues to stand out. If he does in fall camp what he did in the spring, it will be difficult for anyone to supplant him at that No. 3 running back position.  Right now he’s No. 2 because Conor Hundley sat out with an injury.

Draft update:  Everyone knows that former Zips running back Quentin Hines has produced otherworldly number in route to trying to get into Thursday’s NFL Draft.  Former quarterback Dalton Williams has heard from a number of teams, but has been unable to gauge whether he will sneak into the latter rounds.  At bare minimum, however, he expects to be an undrafted free agent at minimum.   If he has no future in the NFL he’s willing to try his luck in the CFL, he said.  If that league doesn’t pan out, he said that a career in coaching may be in his future.

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