Right now Bowden and his brother, wide receivers coach Jeff Bowden, are looking like geniuses for pulling Jerome Lane Jr. from his former primary duties on the defense. It has yielded results in team’s first four games.
In each game in which he’s had a reception this season, he’s had one of 42 yards or longer. The longest came against the Ragin’ Cajuns Saturday when caught a 72-yard TD.
With Louisiana blitzing, quarterback Thomas Woodson found him about 12 yards off the line of scrimmage. Lane reached out, grabbed the ball and raced the rest of the way for the score.
“Finding a place for Jerome probably would have been genius wherever you got him to settle down to play,” Bowden said.To read more or comment...
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Where: Cajun Field, Lafayette, La.
Television/Radio/Internet: ESPN3: Drew Fellios (play-by-play), Forrest Conoly (analyst); Akron-IMG Sports Network: Steve French (play-by-play), Brad Detwiler (analyst), Joe Dunn (sideline) WARF 1350 AM (flagship), WHK 1420 AM, WHKZ 1440 AM; iHeart Radio, TuneIn.com/Akron Zips
Three keys: This game will offer a better representation of what type of team the Akron Zips are. After taking on two Power 5 schools in Oklahoma and Pitt and moving on to a far inferior mid-major in Savannah State, the Sunbelt Conference’s Ragin’ Cajun is more in tune to what the UA program is. The two schools have met one before, a meeting Louisiana won 35-30. Here’s what the Zips need to do to even the score:To read more or comment...
With quarterback Thomas Woodson’s elevation to starting quarterback, caoch Terry Bowden was asked in his Tuesday press conference how fellow sophomore Tra’Von Chapman was handling the situation.
“Chapman’s a competitor. He doesn’t like it. He wants to play,” he said. “He wants to get out there…if things don’t work out, you get up and go again. When your time comes, you need to perform and if you hit a bump in the road, you’ve got to respond to it.”
And the situation will likely get further complicated by Kyle Pohl’s return. He suffered a head injury in the loss to Pitt and missed Saturday’s game, but was able to put in some work today, Bowden said. The coaches don’t know if Pohl will be cleared for action until tomorrow (Wednesday).
Senior kicker Robert Stein is getting off to a rough start in the team’s first three games, connecting on 2-of-4 kicks, including having one blocked against Savannah State that the Tigers returned for a touchdown, giving them a 9-7 lead at the 9:32 mark of the second quarter.To read more or comment...
The University of Akron football team overcame several early miscues to steamroll the Savannah State Tigers 52-9.
The Zips outgained the Tigers 626-202 offensively with sophomore quarterback Thomas Woodson leading the way for most of the game. Woodson connected on 12-of-20 passes for 207 yards and 63 yards rushing on 11 carries. He threw for one touchdown and rushed for another..
Senior noseguard Cody Grice, a converted fullback, rushed for three touchdowns. Senior tailback Conor Hundley rushed for 120 yards on 11carries with one TD.
After a shaky start the UA defense held the Tigers to an average of three yards per play and allowed three of the Tigers’ points.To read more or comment...
Akron Zips (0-2) vs. Savannah State (0-1)
Time: Noon kickoff
Where: InfoCision Stadium
Television/Radio/Internet: ESPN3: Michael Reghi (play-by-play), Jerod Cherry (analyst); Akron-IMG Sports Network: Steve French (play-by-play), Brad Detwiler (analyst), Joe Dunn (sideline) WARF 1350 AM (flagship), WHK 1420 AM, WHKZ 1440 AM; iHeart Radio, TuneIn.com/Akron ZipsTo read more or comment...
Through two relatively lopsided losses, observers of the University of Akron football team have to have noticed that defensive play has been as advertised and expected considering the first two opponents of the season – Oklahoma and Pitt.
In particular, however, the linebacking corps of Jatavis Brown, Dylan Evans and Darryl Monroe, all seniors, stands out. They trio are the top three tacklers on the defense. Brown and Evans rank in the Top 10 in the Mid-American Conference thus far.
“Linebacker play has been pretty crisp,” coach Terry Bowden said during his weekly press conference.
The trio has combined for 64 tackles, including six tackles-for-loss and 4.5 sacks in two games.To read more or comment...