I was on campus two weeks ago. I took a deep whiff, and I sensed it was coming.
Sure, it's quiet and only a few people are walking around, but you can almost feel the energy coming.
And now it has. Akron opened camp today at the Rubber Bowl -- a reminder, J.D. Brookhart said, of where the program has come from.
I love hearing Brookhart talk about training camp. He will not b.s. you. If things are going badly, his stern comments will reflect that. If there are bright points, Brookhart will carefully reveal them in guarded optimism.
Today, Brookhart gave a good report. The high level of experience made for a less flawed first day of camp than most years. Of course, young players made mistakes and the depth chart has some uncertainties, but it seems the Zips are off to a good start.
By the way, I plan to attend camp whenever I can starting next week. I'll provide better updates then.
Coach Keith Dambrot pulled off a recruiting coup (man, I hate that cliche) in getting a commitment from Pennsylvania center Steve Swiech.
But now what?
By my estimation, Akron will have two roster spots in 2007-2008 with the graduation of Dru Joyce and Romeo Travis.
Here are some players who have told Rivals.com they have interest in playing for the Zips...