As we finish up July, I am going to be putting up a quick fact sheet and schedule for each team in our beloved Mid-American conference. Bookmark it and use it as a cheat sheet for the season, I know I will.
Akron took a step back after finishing 2015 with an 8-5 record. 2017 looks promising, though, as they return Thomas Woodson at quarterback, and he gets help from Warren Ball, who was granted a 6th year of eligibility.
Akron Zips 2017 Cheat Sheet
- Head Coach: Terry Bowden, 6th season at Akron. 24-37 at Akron (164-99-2 overall)
- 2016 record: 5-7
- 2017 schedule:
Sat., Sept. 2 at Penn State
Sat., Sept. 9 ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF
Sat., Sept. 16 IOWA STATE
Sat., Sept., 23 at Troy
Sat., Sept. 30 at Bowling Green
Sat., Oct. 7 BALL STATE [Homecoming]
Sat., Oct. 14 at Western Michigan
Sat., Oct. 21 at Toledo
Sat., Oct. 28 BUFFALO
Tues., Nov. 7 at Miami (Ohio)
Tues., Nov. 14 OHIO
Tues., Nov. 21 KENT STATE
- Returning Starters
- Key Returnees
Thomas Woodson, QB, Sr., Threw for 2079 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2016.
Warren Ball, RB, Sr., Was averaging 7.2 yards per carry before 2016 season was cut short with injury.
Ulysees Gilbert III, LB, JR., First Team All-MAC and team’s defensive MVP in 2016
News and Notes
Akron has won the last 2 “Wagon Wheel” trophy games against rival Kent State. The wheel was on display during the MAC media day, adding fuel to the fire. This article is a nice little write up on Kent State’s reaction.
The Akron defense must step up if they are going to go bowling. Last season they were second to last in the MAC in both scoring defense and yards per game. They gave up 33.6 points and 460 yards per contest. Ouch.