As the University of Akron football team comes closer to its second week of camp and just a couple of days after the first intrasquad scrimmage, an unofficial depth chart is coming into focus on both sides of the ball. These positions, based on observations, are not etched in stone.
Right tackle, Quaison Osborne of Hudson; right guard, Henry Orelus; center Travis Switzer; left guard, Dylan Brumbaugh of Green; left tackle, Jarrod Pughsley.
The coaches are committed to getting the best linemen on the field and there’s still a battle raging on the right side of the line as Orelus and senior Joe Petrides split time at the guard spot.
Jawon Chisholm is getting the lion’s share of work. Last year’s backup Conor Hundley is slowly working his way back into practice after a minor injury and D.J. Jones of Ravenna continues to get a decent amount of work.
It is doubtful that anyone replaces Chisholm in the starting role.
The leading candidates are Jerrod Dillard, Keith Sconiers, Dee Frieson and L.T. Smith.
Starting at wide receiver in coach Terry Bowden’s offense is little more than a matter of prestige. If you make the top eight receivers, you’re going to get opportunities because of the way the scheme speeds up the game. Right now, the real battle is happening at the next tier of receivers and there is plenty of depth there.
Right end, Albert Presley; noseguard, Cody Grice of Firestone; defensive tackle, Nico Caponi; defensive end, Alfonso Horner.
The front line is pretty solid. Unlike last year, there’s plenty of competition and transfers C.J. James and Nordly Capi are making a push. But much like receivers, this is a case of the defense needing a platoon of defensive linemen. Add to the mix another transfer, Moses McCray, and the Zips have something they lacked last year — depth.
Right outside linebacker, Jatavis Brown; inside linebacker, Nick Rossi, left outside linebacker, Justin March.
It’s a solid unit, but others behind the starting trio are making noise, especially redshirt freshman John Rachal.
Right cornerback, Emmanuel Lartey; safeties Johnny Robinson and Anthony Holmes, left cornerback Malachi Freeman.
Juco transfer Donte Williams split time with Lartey at that corner spot and the competition has been close.
More on McCray
McCray wore a jersey and shorts as the team worked out Monday. He sat out Saturday’s scrimmage after getting his bell rung in Friday’s practice. The staff is being cautious with him because of his injury history.
C.J. Mizell, a linebacker transfer from the University of Washington, arrived at UA over the weekend. College course work delayed his arrival and impending Zips career. He still has to take care of some paperwork before he joins his new team.
A camera crew from the Pritt Entertainment Group was on hand at InfoCision Stadium shooting footage for the team’s intro video for the upcoming season. … A couple of special teamers spent a few minutes of practice whacking away at a truck tire with a sledgehammer. Bowden said that it simulated the ball’s explosiveness on snaps.