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Akron Zips football: Thomas Woodson expected to return to starting role

By George Thomas Published: October 12, 2016

The University of Akron football team will get its No. 1 quarterback this week as they prepare for their most significant game of the season thus far, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

The undefeated Western Michigan Broncos (6-0, 2-0 in Mid-American Conference) will invade InfoCision Stadium for a 3:30 kick-off Saturday.

Thomas Woodson has been sidelined for the past two games after being injured in the Appalachian State game, one that he finished.  He was a surprise scratch for the team’s rivalry game against the Kent State Golden Flashes.

But the Zips (4-2, 2-0) have been able to press on without Woodson as his backup, Kent native Tra’Von Chapman, led the team to two consecutive wins, allowing them to record a team record sixth consecutive MAC game.

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Akron Zips take on Kent State in Wagon Wheel Challenge

By George Thomas Published: September 30, 2016

Akron Zips (2-2) at Kent State Golden Flashes (1-3)

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Where: Dix Stadium, Kent

Television/Radio/Internet: ESPN3: Michael Reghi (play-by-play), Dustin Fox (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, Zips

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Akron Zips fall to Appalachian State 45-38

By George Thomas Published: September 24, 2016

The University of Akron football team lost to Appalachian State 45-38 Saturday at InfoCision Stadium.

UA QB Thomas Woodson completed 31-of-43 passes for 353 yards and three TDs, but threw two pivotal interceptions. 

The UA defense gave up 589 total yards, including 309 on the ground, 257 of it to Mountaineers running back Jalin Moore. 

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Video: Previewing the Akron Zips (2-1) versus Appalachian State (1-2)

By George Thomas Published: September 22, 2016



Akron (2-1) vs. Appalachian State (1-2)

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University of Akron football team sets dates with UAB - Troy

By George Thomas Published: September 14, 2016

From a University of Akron athletics department news release:

The University of Akron football team will play a two-game series with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and with Troy University, Zips Athletics announced on Wednesday.

The Zips and the UAB Blazers will meet at Akron's InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field on Sept. 7, 2019, and on UAB's Legion Field on Sept. 12, 2020.

Akron and UAB have never met on the gridiron.

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Akron Football: 11th area senior star commits to play for the Zips

By Michael Beaven Published: September 9, 2016

Ellet High School senior Marquise Bridges is staying local for college following his commitment to play football on scholarship at the University of Akron.

Bridges is a 5-foot-10 and 180-pound running back and defensive back standout for Ellet. He said UA recruited him to play running back.

“I chose Akron because I felt the need to make a difference for my hometown and to stay close to family and friends,” Bridges said. “Also, the next couple of years I strongly believe Akron will be the team to beat in the Mid-American Conference.”

Bridges enjoyed a breakout junior year on offense and defense, totaling 154 carries for 1,222 yards and 24 touchdowns, one kickoff return touchdown and 47 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and one interception. Ellet went 6-4 last year.

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Akron Zips soccer: Men's team earns top ranking in three national polls

By George Thomas Published: August 30, 2016

That would be the University of Akron men’s soccer team with a bigger target on its back, thank you.

The Zips

Wins against No. 7 Georgetown and No. 9 Seattle propelled UA to the top of three polls, according to a release from the UA department of athletics.

National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), College Soccer News and Soccer America currently have the Zips as the top-rated team in the country. puts them at No. 3.

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