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By George Thomas Published: September 13, 2013

I thought Akron's pass defense was suspect against JMU. What can be done to improve it? -  Scott Hall (@swhall).

A:  It was just suspect?  I thought it should have been convicted of murdering the rest of the defense?  OK, that might be a bit harsh.  The secondary has definitely shown weakness – to be kind.   They’ve also dropped their share of interceptions, according to defensive coordinator Chuck Amato.

“We aren't making the plays that we're capable of making,” he told me after Thursday’s practice.  “We have actually dropped five interceptions in two games and one of them would have been a good catch.”

As for improving?  The defensive line is doing its job mostly, but Amato has said they’ve missed out on five or more sacks in their play thus far. That would go a long way toward helping. But ultimately, Amato likes to play a swarming

Are both QBs expected to be available on Saturday.  -Doc Savage (@ZipWatcher).

A:  Both quarterbacks have been listed day-to-day with respect to their injuries (Kyle Pohl has an ankle injury and Nick Hirschman a knee injury.  Knowing you Doc, you recognize the coach speak. 

George, are you allowed to name recruits who are in attendance at games and/or practices? – Rob Cochran (@chapelrob).

A:  Rob, if I have time to hunt down who they are, I’m definitely allowed to name who’s there.  What I will not do is ask the coaching staff about anyone who may be there.

Will you be traveling to any road games this year? – Drew Shippy (@Drooper)

A:  Drew it’s quite possible that by the time you read this piece of whimsy that I’ve posted that I will already be in Ann Arbor enjoying the wonders of that state up north.


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