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Akron Zips football - Source: OSU RB to enroll, play at UA after graduation

By George Thomas Published: February 12, 2016

Warren Ball, a 6-foot-1, 224-pound running back, will leave the Ohio State football program after graduating this spring and enroll at the University of Akron for his final year of eligibility, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Because he will have graduated, Ball, a former Columbus high school standout and four-star recruit, will be eligible to play for the Zips this fall.  Given the loss of running backs Conor Hundley and Donnell Alexander, the opportunity for Ball to seize the starting job will be there.  In his time at OSU, Ball rushed for 189 yards on 41 carries.  He excelled at St. Francis DeSales High School and was ranked as the No. 13 running back by Scout.com and No. 16 by Rivals.com in 2012.

Even with running back Ezekiel Elliot leaving for this spring’s NFL draft, Ball was projected to sit behind Curtis Samuel and Mike Webster for the 2016 season.  If the NFL is an aspiration, should he win UA’s starting job he will receive the opportunity to showcase his skills.

He will join other former Buckeyes on the UA roster, including defensive end Se’Von Pittman and linebacker Jamal Marcus.  Another former Buckeye, Akron native Tommy Brown, finished his eligibility this past season.  

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UA athletics department announces bobblehead series to close basketball season

By George Thomas Published: February 11, 2016

From a UA news release:  

The University of Akron men’s basketball, in conjunction with the LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF), will give away a limited-edition bobblehead series featuring former Zips’ Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, and NBA Champion and MVP LeBron James.

 “It’s a very special bobblehead series for three guys who are dear to my heart,” head coach Keith Dambrot said. “We were all together in high school, and I coached two out of three of them in college. Rome and Dru helped jumpstart our program, which has led us to where we are today. LeBron has shown great support for the University and provides our program with one of the nation’s best shoe deals.”

The three-piece collection will be released at separate games, starting with the Dru Joyce bobblehead at the Tuesday, Feb. 16, contest against Buffalo.

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Akron Zips men's soccer: Recruiting class receives high ranking

By George Thomas Published: February 8, 2016

From a UA athletics department release:

The University of Akron men's soccer received national attention as TopDrawerSoccer.com has tabbed the Zips' 2016 signing class as the second-best in the nation.

"This is a very talented class that has a lot potential to make an immediate impact," Akron head coach Jared Embick commented. "We will be a deeper team that is capable of causing many problems for our opponents. We will need all these players as we work to get back to the College Cup and win our Second Star."

Donning the Akron uniform this fall will be Nick Hinds (Plantation, Fla.), Reggie Laryea (Toronto, Ontario (Canada)), Jonathan Lewis (Plantation, Fla.), Alex Mapp (Medina, Ohio), Jesus Perez (Waukegan, Ill.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Columbus, Ohio), Tor Saunders (Bothell, Wash.) and Marcel Zajac (Mississauga, Ontario).

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Akron Zips football: Signing Day at hand for UA

By George Thomas Published: February 3, 2016

UA signees announced so far:

 

Alvin Davis, safety, , 5-10, 170, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Cedric McCoy, OL, 6-4, 343, Palatka, Fla.  (Ellsworth CC)

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