Five of six MAC head coaches predicted Akron will win the regular season title this season; three said the Zips will go on to win the conference tournament, as well.
Coach Caleb Porter returns nine letterwinners from a team that won a share of the last year's regular season crown, but lost in the tournament to Northern Illinois. The team also will add the nation's No. 5 recruiting class.
Preseason camp begins Wednesday.
It's 10:30. I have four hours of studying and three hours of being at work before my class begins at 6 p.m. tonight. If you do the math, it might barely work out.
My point is, I won't attend practice today, but I will report from the Zips scrimmage tomorrow morning.
To whet your appetite, here's a new scholarship offer...
defensive end, Miami
Offers: Akron, Mississippi, Central Florida, Florida International and Middle Tennessee State
Speed: Not listed
Notes: Typically, speed is irrelevant for defensive linemen. In the case of a weakside lineman, as Rivals.com calls Jackson, it's somewhat important because they often must chase down the ball carrier from behind. Then again, Scout.com
calls him a weakside linebacker.
Likelihood: Aside from his offers, Jackson also likes Miami aka "The U." It's hard to say if he has a chance at going there without knowing his speed. Without a 'Canes offer, the Zips chances are probably decent. They didn't recruit Florida all that hard in 2007, but certainly made the Sunshine State a target in years prior.