Monday, August 23, 2010
MAC 2010-Akron Zips
2009 Record: 3-9 (2-6)
Head Coach: Rob Ianello (1st season, 0-0)
Offensive Coordinator: John Latina (1st season)
Defensive Coordinator: Curt Mallory (1st season)
2009 Bowl Game: Only appearance came in 2005
Offense: There is a 2 man battle likley to happen at QB, with Patrick Nicely getting a shot when Matt Rodgers busted up his knee. Nicely could definately steal the job. Alex Allen will be back for a 6th season at RB, but expect others to join him in a rotation. Jeremy LaFrance and Jalil Carter return to form the WR duo in the new pro set offense. 3 starters return on the line. There is definatley room for improvement from last season's 113th ranked nightmare.
Defense: Gone is the 3-3-5 defense, replaced by a standard 4-3 this season. 3 starters return on the line, which is a great place to start in rebuilding the defense. Brian Wagner is expected to lead a LB grup in which all 3 starters (Sean Fobbs and Mike Thomas are the others) return. The secondary must be rebuilt, as CB Manley Waller is the lone returnee.
Special Teams: Branko Rogovic was awful last season, making only 7 of 15 kicks, but he looks to be the guy again. Zack Campbell is back at punter, but he needs help from his coverage teams.
Wins: 9/11 Gardner-Webb
Toss Up Games: 10/9 @ Kent State, 11/6 @ Ball State, 11/17 Miami (Ohioi), 11/26 Buffalo
Losses: 9/4 Syracuse, 9/18 @ Kentucky, 9/25 @ Indiana, 10/2 Northern Illinois, 10/16 @ Ohio, 10/23 Western Michigan, 10/30 @ Temple,
Sometimes you have to take a step back before you can step up, and that looks to be the case this season. 5 wins would be a real accomplishment.
Outlook: Things will get better, but not by much this season if at all. Ianello is a new head coach, but has assembled a solid staff, and the future looks good. Look for the Zips to play close in some games this season, and look for a major move next season.