2018 Akron Zips

Discussion in 'College Football' started by RTTAS, Aug 20, 2018.

  1. RTTAS

    RTTAS Guru

    Sep 16, 2015
    Since 2006, Akron has started 10, 9, 9, 8, 7, 9, 8, 8, 8, 7, 6, and 7 white players. In 2018 they project to drop to 6. All around a poor team, but three white defensive starters is more than most teams I guess.

    Generic quotaback Kato Nelson will start at QB, who threw for a COMBINED 257 yards in the two big games against Toledo (MAC Championship 45-28 loss) and FAU (Boca Raton Bowl 50-3 loss). But forget the piss-poor production, he must have immense upside! The second-string QB is RS FR Alex Ramart, who signed with Akron over offers from Houston Baptist, Louisiana-Monroe, and Texas Southern. 2017 starter Nick Johns has been moved to tight end. SO Dustin Burkhart is a second-string WR, an Akron native who had one catch for 25 yards as a true freshman in 2017. Two other white WRs on the roster in true FR Gavin Blunt and JR Jason Grossman. One white RB on the roster in JR Chuck Turfe, who had seven rushed for 31 yards in 2017 – mostly made up of five rushes for 17 yards in the Boca Raton Bowl.

    Meanwhile on defense, three starters in DT Brock Boxen (31 tackles from 12 starts in 2017), LB Brian Bell (11 starts in 2017 for 57 tackles, 4.5 for loss), and LB John Lako (69 tackles, 4.5 for loss in 2017). Also on the roster that should get plenty of playing time is SR LB Nathan Bischof (two starts in 2017, younger brother Brandon enrolled in January and will also play LB).

    LG: Hunter Corne (FR)
    C: Bryce Petersen (SO)
    RG: Kyle Ritz (SR)

    DT: Brock Boxen (SR)
    LB: Brian Bell (SR)
    LB: John Lako (JR)

    Back-ups listed on the two-deep include QB Alex Ramart, WR Dustin Burkhart, TE Maverick Wolfey, C RJ Kelly, RG Vincent Fonte, RT Shawn Muldowney, and LB Bubba Arslanian.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2018
  2. Leonardfan

    Leonardfan Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2006
    Terry Bowden fired. An expert at recruiting Florida "talent" and importing them into the Mac conference. It really paid off for him as he went 35-52 during he tenure. Good riddance!
  3. Heretic

    Heretic Master

    May 1, 2015
    Yep, "like father, like son". So much White talent in Ohio, but mostly ignored by "Urban", Bowden and others in that state. A smart coach in that area of the country would do well by exploiting that opportunity; but, again, they'd rather get the 120th best black player in the country at a certain position than a 2 0r 3-star White player with only FCS offers. Repeat and rinse...

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