Day 6 of the Akron Zips spring practice showed that the offense is still very much a work in progress and likely will be into the beginning of summer practice. The best way to describe the performance of the assorted units is uneven. They did some good things and they did some not so good things as the team endured another half scrimmage.
Wide receiver Jerrod Dillard caught two touchdown passes – one of 25 yards – in the scrimmage. Unfortunately he also had a fumble on a reception. D.J. Jones continues to draw notice, coming up with one of the best runs of the day after absorbing a huge hit from a defender, bounding off of him and turning it into a six-yard gain.
Until goal-line situations the defense was stout. They played with ferocity and as a unit. Not much more can be asked other than that.
Notes: Isaiah Williams is now a former defensive lineman. The 6-foot-3, 264-pound lineman was moved to the other side of the ball. Bowden said that his speed wasn’t quite what they needed on the defensive line, but it along with his athleticism were perfect for the other side. … Defensive ends Jason Stargel and Alfonso Horner limped off the field. Of the two Stargel, who has been playing some good ball, appeared to be the most serious injury. However, word of anything serious will likely not be confirmed until Saturday.