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Game Thread Game Two: Ohio State 20, Akron 2 (Final)

Discussion in '2007 Football Season Capsule' started by BB73, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    Game Two: Ohio State vs. Akron (Sept. 8)
  2. NJ-Buckeye

    NJ-Buckeye They Hate Us cuz They Ain't Us.. Banners are good Staff Member

    Fear The Roo baby... I'm takin the Zips +56
  3. OhioState49

    OhioState49 Junior

    Ha, okay :wink2:
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    Game 2 - Akron Zips

    Official Akron Zips Athletic Site:
    A Defensive Prospective After 7 FB Practices 4/6/07
    Zips Offense Taking Shape 4/5/07
    Fifth Akron Football Practice Sees New Drill 4/3/07
    Zips FB Dons Full Pads for Third Spring Practice 3/31/07
    Day Two of Akron Football Spring Practice Successful 3/30/07
    Akron Football Has First Spring Practice 3/29/07
    McDaniel Joins Zips Football Staff as Cornerbacks Coach 3/16/07
    Akron Releases 2007 Football Schedule 3/14/07
    Akron Football Hosts Pro Timing Day 3/9/07
    2007 Spring Roster (PDF) Current
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    News from CSTV/The Sports Exchange ... "Inside Slant":
    Inside Slant - 3/26/07
    Inside Slant - 2/8/07
    Inside Slant - 1/10/07
    Inside Slant - 1/8/07
    Inside Slant - 12/30/06

    Football / University of Akron report 3/31/07

    Defense wants to make name for itself
    Unit returns 8 starters, top 6 tacklers from '06; experienced secondary looks to lead everyone

    By David Lee Morgan Jr.
    Beacon Journal sportswriter

    The first few days of spring football practices are usually filled with instruction and drills. But the University of Akron defensive unit has a specific plan this spring.

    ``We have a lot of guys with so much experience that we want to make a name for ourselves starting right now in spring,'' said senior defensive back John Mackey, a former Walsh Jesuit standout. ``Like Coach (Jim) Fleming (defensive coordinator) said, we want to bring defense back to Akron. When you think of Akron, we want to be known as one of the top defenses'' in the Mid-American Conference.

    The Zips' defense returns eight starters, 22 letter winners and the top six tacklers (Mackey, linebackers Kevin Grant and Brion Stokes, defensive backs Andre Jones and Davanzo Tate and linebacker Doug Williams) from last year's team, which finished fifth among the MAC's 12 teams, allowing 322.4 yards a game.

    UA also was fifth in rushing yards allowed per game (136.2) and fifth in passing yards allowed (186.2.)

    Mackey, who led the team with 88 total tackles last year, returns as a rover, meaning he plays as both an outside linebacker and a defensive back in head coach J.D. Brookhart's 3-3-5 scheme.

    The secondary, led by seniors Reggie Corner, Tate, Jones, Chevin Pace and Yamari Dixon, has the most depth on the team.

    ``There's a lot of leadership back here in the secondary,'' said Corner, who finished with 44 total tackles last year. ``With our experience, I think the rest of the team will follow our lead, even the guys on offense.''

    Brookhart said Corner is one of the cornerstones of the defense.

    ``He brings really good energy, and guys respond to him,'' Brookhart said. ``He needs to improve the little details of his position, and if he does that, I think he can go from being a good player to being a great player.''

    When it came to the little details in the classroom, Corner got things done. Coming out of high school, he didn't qualify to play his freshman year, so he had to sit out. But he motivated himself to become a better student. He said he wanted to gain the respect of the head coach.

    And because Corner met NCAA requirements regarding progress toward graduation, he was able to earn another year of eligibility.

    ``I remember when I first came here, Coach Brookhart brought me in his office because I was really disappointed that I wasn't going to play,'' said Corner, who is majoring in sports science. ``I was upset, and I kind of let my grades slip. Coach Brookhart told me, `Regardless of the excuses you give me, you won't be here.' So I buckled down.''

    ``Reggie is an awesome, mature kid,'' Brookhart said. ``He's exactly the things we talk about -- an accountable, productive young man.''

    Out of action

    Senior wide receiver Jabari Arthur was on the sideline for the second day of spring practices but will not participate in drills. He broke a bone in his left foot three weeks ago and is wearing a protective boot.

    ``I don't think he'll go this spring,'' Brookhart said. ``I wish he could. He needs to improve on some things. But if you watch him, he's a coach out there.''

    Brookhart must've had eyes in the back of his head, because as he was saying that, Arthur was standing several yards behind him giving freshman walk-on Matthew Smith instructions.

    Zips' backups set spring in motion 3/30/07

    Football practices start without No. 1 QB taking any snaps

    By David Lee Morgan Jr.
    Beacon Journal sportswriter

    Carlton Jackson, the redshirt freshman who headed into the first day of spring practices Thursday as the University of Akron's No. 1 quarterback, didn't even take one snap. He was kept out of practice by coach J.D. Brookhart.

    ``We held him out, but he'll be back out and ready to take repetitions (today),'' he said.

    Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound Pompano Beach, Fla., native who played in just one game last season, was seen jogging around the practice field while backups Chris Jacquemain and Sean Hakes, No. 2 and 3 on the depth chart, respectively, took all the snaps.

    Brookhart was tight-lipped, but it's possible Jackson might have been disciplined for some minor infraction and this was Brookhart's way of slapping Jackson on the wrist.

    And it wasn't as if Brookhart was putting in some kind of sophisticated spread offense, either. The first day of spring practices was all about enthusiasm and energy. The players were in jerseys, shorts and helmets. The first day with pads will be Saturday.

    But when Jackson is on the field, his athletic ability is impressive.

    The last two quarterbacks for UA (Luke Getsy and his predecessor, Browns quarterback Charlie Frye) were outstanding passers but weren't known for their scrambling abilities.

    Jackson, a left-hander, has a fairly strong arm but his ability to produce big plays running and scrambling out of the pocket brings a dimension to UA's offense that it hasn't seen since Nick Sparks was the starter in the 2001 season opener against Ohio University. That lasted just two quarters because he injured his toe just before halftime. Frye took over in the third quarter and never relinquished the starting job.

    ``You see the athleticism of quarterbacks beating you, so now it's exciting to have that on your side of the ball,'' Brookhart said about Jackson. ``Plays aren't going to go how they're supposed to a lot of times and we have a guy that can make some plays and be athletic enough to do that. All of our guys can do that.''

    Jacquemain battled Jackson during last fall for the No. 2 position and it looks as though that battle will continue this spring and into the preseason in early August.

    ``So many things can change by August,'' Brookhart said. ``For instance, the commitment level from the kid. They just need experience, all of them. Especially in live situations.

    ``Jacquemain has been very focused and he's had a good spring,'' Brookhart said. ``Hakes is kind of a wild card. He can really impress you at times and then he can look bad at times. But he's a freshman and he'll develop some inconsistencies.''

    HARVEY ABSENT FROM PRACTICE -- Sophomore wide receiver/kick returner David Harvey is not with the team, for now. Harvey was named to the 2006 Scripps/Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American team as a kick returner and The Sporting News selected him for its first-team Freshman All-America squad as a kick returner and an honorable mention wide receiver.

    Harvey caught 43 passes for 914 yards and averaged 21.3 yards per catch and set a UA freshman record with 10 touchdown receptions.

    ``David is on leave from the team taking care of some personal matters,'' Brookhart said. ``There's no set timetable when he'll be back.''

    HARD LINE -- The Zips' offensive line lost all but one starter (6-6, 300-pound left tackle Chris Kemme) from last year's team, but Brookhart is relying on right guard Mike Schepp (6-4, 315) to emerge as another veteran leader.

    ``To me, we've got two starters back,'' Brookhart said. ``You can say Mike was a starter, he was just a backup at every position. He was that valuable. We have a little different (offensive line) this year. It's a taller, more athletic crew. We don't have all these guys who can bench 400 pounds.''


    Here are positions or players to watch at the University of Akron during spring football, which begins Thursday.

    Who will be quarterback Luke Getsy's successor?

    Sophomore Carlton Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound Floridian, is the guy, and he is a much different quarterback than Getsy and Getsy's predecessor, Browns quarterback Charlie Frye.

    Jackson, who is left-handed, has a strong arm, but he's not your typical drop-back, sit-in-the-pocket type quarterback. Jackson loves any opportunity to show his scrambling skills.

    As a redshirt freshman last year, Jackson played in just four games (1-for-1 for two yards), but he impressed coach J.D. Brookhart during practices. There are two concerns at this position: inexperience and even more inexperience. Sophomore Chris Jacquemain, who battled Jackson for the backup roll to Getsy, did not play in any games last year, but is expected to battle Jackson for the starting spot.

    How fast can the offensive line develop?

    The Zips have some major holes to fill on the offensive line. Four of the five starters from last year are gone, with junior right tackle Chris Kemme the only starter returning. Last year's backup, senior Mike Schepp (6-foot-4, 303 pounds), who was listed as a backup at guard and center, has little experience, but will get his shot this year

    Can Dennis Kennedy be one of the premier running backs in the Mid-American Conference?

    Last year, Kennedy finished fifth in the conference with 914 yards (83.1 yards per game). He missed one game because of a shoulder injury. If he's healthy, and the offensive line can develop, Kennedy could be one of the best in the conference.

    What the future holds

    Here are three new players who could make an immediate impact.

    1. Almondo Sewell, LB, Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy

    Originally signed with Virginia but played at Hargrave Military last year. As a senior, Almondo (6-2, 235) was ranked as the third-best inside linebacker in the country by Max Emfinger and had 11 tackles, two for loss, and caused a fumble in Max Emfinger's All-American Bowl in Louisiana in January 2006.

    2. Paul Simkovich, OL, Greater Latrobe (Pa.)

    At 6-4, 298, Simkovich was an all-state performer as a senior guard last year and was considered one of the top prospects in the country at his position.

    3. Bryan Williams, RB, Buchtel/Valley Forge (Pa.) Military Academy

    Williams originally was a University of Pittsburgh recruit coming out of Buchtel, but played the last two seasons as a running back and defensive back at Valley Forge and will have two years of eligibility remaining. As a senior at Buchtel in 2003, Williams was a Division III first-team all-state performer and rushed for 1,831 yards and 26 touchdowns.

    Spring game

    4 p.m. April 15 at Athletics Field House.

    Zips hope to kick problem 3/27/07

    Coach tries to address trouble on special teams

    By David Lee Morgan Jr.
    Beacon Journal sportswriter

    It was an early October game at the University of Cincinnati last year for the University of Akron.

    The Zips already were leading the Bearcats 14-0 late in the opening quarter.

    UA had the ball at Cincinnati's 19 and faced a fourth-and-2 situation.

    Instead of attempting a 36-yard field goal to extend the Zips' lead to 17 points, UA coach J.D. Brookhart went for it. The Bearcats stopped the Zips, turned the tide and eventually won 20-14.

    Brookhart wasn't trying to be greedy. A struggling kicking game took its toll on play-calling.

    ``We missed three or four extra points fairly early in the year,'' Brookhart said. ``I would have liked to have kicked a field goal, but I just didn't have confidence in the kicking game. That's where we have to get better.''

    Igor Iveljic, a highly recruited kicker from Mentor, was expected to be the Zips' No. 1 kicker, but a back injury during practices in August put him out of action. The freshman played in one game and did not attempt a field goal.

    The job went to Matt Domonkos, a junior transfer from Wisconsin who never had played for the Zips. Domonkos made 2-of-8 field goals (his longest was 49 yards). That prompted Brookhart to hold an open tryout to find someone who could be more effective.

    Jon McClain, a senior who was a member of the Zips' soccer team, won the job in a ``kickoff.'' In six games, he connected on 4-of-6 field goals, with a long of 35 yards.

    Overall, the Zips were last in the 12-team Mid-American Conference in extra-point attempts (14-of-17) and 10th in field goals (5-of-11).

    ``When Igor went down with the stress fracture, that threw us off,'' Brookhart said. ``We did have some mistakes and breakdowns with the kicking game, but Matt did step up for us and did his best.''

    Iveljic and Domonkos -- and possibly some walk-ons -- are candidates for the starting spot this season, Brookhart said.

    Yet Brookhart knew he needed to address the situation, and he already has made coaching changes as spring football practice begins Thursday at the Athletics Field House.

    ``I'm going to turn the offense over to (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach) Joe (Moorhead) and concentrate more on working with the special teams,'' Brookhart said.

    Brookhart recently hit the road, and one of his stops was in Atlanta to visit former Kansas City Chiefs coach Frank Gansz at his home. Gansz has built a reputation around the NFL as a special teams guru.

    ``We've been talking about different schemes, drill work on fundamentals, how much time you need to spend on special teams and different things like that so that we're better next year,'' Brookhart said.

    Even with Brookhart's new approach to the kicking game, the question remains: Who is No. 1?

    ``They are still battling,'' Brookhart said. ``We'll see what happens (in the spring.)''

    More coverage

    For more coverage of the Zips' spring football season outside the Beacon Journal, check out Mike Rasor's University of Akron blog on Go to:

    UA, KSU will play Buckeyes 3/15/07

    New football schedules released for next season

    By Stephanie Storm
    Beacon Journal sportswriter

    The University of Akron and Kent State released their football schedules Wednesday, each highlighted with a game at Ohio State.

    The Zips play the Buckeyes first, Sept. 8 in Columbus, with the Golden Flashes making the trip Oct. 13.

    The Zips and Flashes play Sept. 22 at the Rubber Bowl in the 36th Wagon Wheel game.

    In addition to playing at Ohio State, Kent State's schedule features four more against bowl teams from last year with 11 of their 12 games being played on traditional Saturdays.

    Having opened their season the past four years against a team from the Big Ten Conference, the Flashes open this year Aug. 30, a Thursday, at Iowa State University, their first Big 12 Conference foe since 1989.

    Another wrinkle in the schedule this year for the reigning Mid-American Conference East Division runners-up includes a Sept. 8 road matchup with coach Doug Martin's alma mater -- the University of Kentucky.

    ``We're pleased to be playing a quality program like Kentucky, one that is coming off a successful season, a bowl game and one that has ties to our program through coach Martin,'' Kent State Athletic Director Laing Kennedy said in a press release.

    UA's schedule includes five home games and nonconference road games at Ohio State, Indiana and Connecticut. The Zips open the season Sept. 1 against Army in the inaugural Patriot Bowl at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

    ``This year's schedule will certainly be challenging,'' said UA coach J.D. Brookhart in a press release. ``However, I am excited to be playing Army at the Cleveland Browns Stadium.''

    UA also will be involved in four TV games -- two on Wednesdays and two on Fridays -- the first being aired on ESPNU on Friday evening, Nov. 2, at Bowling Green.

    The Zips will host Ohio on ESPN2 the following week at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and Central Michigan at 11 a.m. Nov. 23 on ESPNU. Akron's game at 7:30 p.m. at Miami on Nov. 14 also will be carried live on ESPN2.

    The MAC Championship Game, televised by either ESPN or ESPN2, is scheduled for Dec. 1 at Ford Field in Detroit.

    UA begins preparations for the season with spring drills beginning March 29, and Kent State's camp gets under way April 6.

    Zips' football program takes game to higher level 3/14/07

    Sports psychologist helps UA coach, staffers, players bolster team chemistry

    By David Lee Morgan Jr.
    Beacon Journal sportswriter

    When walking into J.D. Brookhart's lavish office inside the University of Akron's multimillion-dollar Athletics Field House, one of the most noticeable items is a worn-out, weathered, deflated football.

    The man, who has had his share of success as head football coach of the Zips, doesn't care to show off the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year award he won in 2004 or the the MAC championship trophy his team won in 2005.

    There's no hardware sitting on Brookhart's desk other than that airless football.

    The football symbolizes an ideology so profound that it will stay on Brookhart's desk as long as he's running the program.

    ``The idea is, what will my players do with their lives after the football is deflated,'' said Brookhart, who will begin his fourth season in the fall. ``When the ball is deflated and they can no longer play football, what will they do with their lives in the next three to five years? That really intrigued me.''

    Brookhart's approach to the game has taken a new turn recently. It has gone beyond the typical X's and O's. For two weeks last month, Brookhart, his staff and players had the opportunity to work with renowned sports psychologist Dr. Joe Carr, who is from the Washington, D.C., area and has more than 30 years of expertise in the field.

    The thinking was that Carr could assist the staff and players in bolstering their chemistry through individual and group discussions about ideals and concepts not necessarily related to the game on the field.

    In 1985, Carr, along with former NBA greats Bob Dandridge and Oscar Robertson, developed the first NBA Rookie Orientation program to help young players make the transition from college to the professional ranks. That program became the model for Major League Baseball, the NHL and the NFL. The first beneficiaries of the program included former NBA player and current Detroit Pistons General Manager Joe Dumars, as well as former NBA players Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone and Charles Oakley.

    Interesting revelations

    Brookhart said UA men's basketball coach Keith Dambrot told him in October how well the basketball team's sessions with Carr had gone ``and how it revealed things about the team and how it helped the players understand the makeup of the team. I was really interested in doing the same thing with our guys.''

    Carr also has worked with such college basketball programs as Kentucky, Georgetown, Cincinnati, Missouri and Texas.

    ``Because of what I do, I'm selective, and I'm able to pick and choose which programs I'll work with,'' Carr said. ``After meeting with coach Brookhart, I agreed to work with his program, because in talking and meeting with him, he's concerned with the total person. He invites participation and wants input from his players, and that's what attracted me to him. He's all about supporting his players so that they can grow as student-athletes.

    ``Some coaches think it's an attack on their program if you try to offer some suggestions, but you need to build that trust within your program,'' Carr said.

    ``Sometimes a program just needs an oil change. It doesn't mean that program is sick. Everybody needs retooling.''

    When the Zips won the MAC championship, Brookhart said, the team had that synergy. Last season, the Zips went 5-7 and finished 3-5, in third place, in the East Division.

    As Brookhart prepares for spring practice this month, he hopes the experience with Carr will help his players again understand the importance of team chemistry and how it can help them battle through adversity.

    ``The biggest thing I realized is that when you're talking about championship teams in any sport at any level, you're talking about exceptional team chemistry,'' Brookhart said. ``That's invaluable because with every championship team you see, there's a synergy that surrounds that team, which is incredible.''

    Managing chemistry

    Carr said it's not enough just to have team chemistry.

    ``You have to learn to be put in situations to manage your team chemistry,'' Carr said. ``For example, when a team doesn't have good chemistry, but they're winning, it looks good, but it's fool's gold. You'll have a player or players who have that sabotage fantasy. They'll think: `How do I go about wrecking this thing instead of working together?' Those individuals put the coach, the team and the program at risk, and it happens all the time.

    ``Teams with good character and good chemistry can manage the sabotage. Bad teams turn their heads.''

    Zips defensive lineman Jared Cecchetti said he learned from Carr that a team is only as strong as its weakest link.

    ``It's amazing how much better of a team you can be when you care about your teammates and are always striving to be the best and do the right things on and off the field,'' Cecchetti said. ``I understand that if I'm out somewhere and I see one of my teammates doing something he's not supposed to be doing, we have to pull him aside and straighten him out. We're all a team, but we're a family, too, and if one of us messes up, then it makes the whole team and program look bad.''

    Carr is big on using metaphors and symbolism to get his points across to players. In one exercise, he had a group of players sit in a circle and hold a long, continuous string. The string represented the tight bond that teams with good character possess.

    During one of Carr's presentations, he made sure the string stayed tight and did not loosen.

    ``Sometimes a player will loosen up that string,'' Carr said, referring to life outside football. ``It's up to the rest of the team to tighten that string for him.''

    If Zips build it, more Stark gridders may come 3/11/07


    Tom Stacy has always maintained the University of Akron football program could be the crown jewel of the Mid American Conference. The only thing missing was an on-campus football stadium.

    That missing piece is one step closer to reality now that the university has hired the Welty Building Co., and the Hunt Construction Group as construction managers for a project that includes a new $54 million stadium that will be built on the east end of campus.

    It will replace the 67-year-old Rubber Bowl that is located seven miles from campus. Ground could be broken for the project this year and the facility should be ready for the 2009 college football season.

    ?We played in an antiquated stadium,? said Stacy, who was an offensive coordinator under former Akron head coach Lee Owens from 1995-2003 before becoming the Massillon Tigers? head coach in 2005. ?The Rubber Bowl is falling apart. That really hurt us in recruiting. The fact that they are a step closer to building a stadium on campus will undoubtedly help the program. Considering the recent success they?ve already had, the sky is the limit.?

    Akron recently opened an on-campus, multi-million dollar indoor training facility. With a new stadium, Stacy isn?t alone in believing that the university could attract a better caliber of athlete, including players from Stark County who in the past have decided to leave Northeastern Ohio.

    ?I think anytime you have a new facility, it will open peoples? eyes,? said Perry head coach John ?Spider? Miller. ?Look at all (Akron) has done with their other sports complexes. Now, they will have a stadium right there. What a great recruiting tool ? for athletes and non-athletes ? they have. A stadium on campus is a just a great attraction.?

    At least one local Stark County prep star is listening to what Akron is now selling. Perry junior Eric Magnacca visited the university during the fall and learned about the plans for the stadium. Magnacca is one of Ohio?s top junior prospects after rushing for more than 1,300 yards last season as Perry finished 9-2 and advanced to the Region 2 playoffs. The running back is currently being recruited by Ohio State, Florida State and Notre Dame.

    ?I really like (Akron),? said Magnacca, whose father, Vince, works in Akron for Goodyear. ?It?s a combination of things. I like the facilities and the coaches. The facilities are great, especially since they want a new stadium. ... I wouldn?t say (that a BCS school) would necessarily pull me away. It?s a school I?ll probably keep in consideration. I wouldn?t count them out.?

    Not all athletics

    The project is centered around a 25,000-30,000 seat stadium. It includes more than $120 million worth of other buildings, including dorms, a new parking deck and retail development.

    Miller firmly believes that athletics won?t be the only benefit.

    ?I think having a stadium on campus is better (public relations) for the community and better PR for Akron,? Miller said. ?I?m not saying the Rubber Bowl isn?t nice, but having a stadium right there makes it easier for students to go to the games if it?s right there on campus. It might influence more kids from this area to go to Akron because of the stadium. It?s rough for them right now by having the (Rubber Bowl) where it is.?

    Owens, a former Massillon head coach agrees.

    Owens pushed for a new stadium when he was hired in 1995.

    ?When (Stacy and I) were there, we had the worst facilities in Division I-A football,? said Owens, who is now coaching at Ashland University, which like Akron also has plans for a new stadium. ?With the new indoor field house and possibly a new stadium, they could have one of the best. When you have those kinds of facilities, it?s a source of pride for the athletes, the students, the faculty, the alumni and anybody associated with the university. The players feel better and the students will get that collegiate experience. Without an on-campus stadium, I never felt the campus was complete. Students want to wake up to the smell of popcorn or hearing the band playing, roll out of bed and walk over to the stadium for the games. They can?t do that.?

    Big-time football?

    Northeast Ohio is a region of more than four million residents. It is a region known as one of the best in the nation for high school football. Still, Akron has had limited success in Division I-A football.

    Akron?s appearance in the 2005 Motor City Bowl was the first in school history. Could a new stadium be the springboard the university needs to take its football to the next level? Could it become the next University of Louisville, an urban school featuring a football program that has exploded onto the national stage?

    ?It could be,? said Stacy. ?But there are other things that need to be addressed like a new basketball arena before they?d have a chance at moving to that level.?

    Like Stacy, Owens is cautiously optimistic about the school?s athletic future. He believes a new stadium will give Akron at least a chance to recruit against the BCS schools.

    ?I think they could, but it will always be a challenge,? Owens said. ?The BCS schools have better opportunities for bowl games and they have more national TV appearances. If there is a player in Stark County who doesn?t have a solid relationship with any of the BCS schools, it will give (Akron) a better shot.?
  5. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

  6. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    This game will also only be available on the Big Ten Network.

    Please make your complaints about that fact over in the BTN thread, rather than in this game thread.

    Thank you. :biggrin:
  7. Buckeye86

    Buckeye86 I do not choose to discuss it

    Akron defeated Army in their first game 22-14.
  8. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Look for some early disruptions/turnovers/negative plays from the tOSU offense next week...Akron is running the 3-3 stack with some experienced guys. They will be coming from all angles and featuring an assortment of coverages that will be disguised well.

    However, if Akron does bring the 5 man packages, it will open up the big plays for tOSU.
  9. Buckeye86

    Buckeye86 I do not choose to discuss it

    Sounds like it might turn out to be pretty similar to last week. They (YSU, Akron) will go all out to shut down one aspect of our offense, opening up another for big plays. So either Beanie will break out and have 100+ this week, or Robo will have another huge week receiving. Either way works for me.
  10. buckeyes_rock

    buckeyes_rock Great day to be a Buckeye

    4 new starters on their O-line and a new QB. Hmmm...I smell the Buckeyes bringing some serious heat on the defensive side of the ball.
  11. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ


    Here is the most active Zips board I could find. Seems they are exercising their MAC-given right to trash talk before a beating. :roll2:
    Ginn4Heisman20 likes this.
  12. Wells4Heisman

    Wells4Heisman Fifth Year Freshman

    I see a thread about the overrated "Big PreTen".... We'll see how overrated we are when they come to play us.
  13. rocketman

    rocketman flying low

    MAC school inferiority complex Exhibit A:
    ZipsNation.Org -> I hate to admit this

    The mentality of the message board MAC fans are so far and away out numbered by their fans you see on the streets that it is hilarious. The friends of mine who go to Akron or are Akron alumni are HUGE OSU fans.
  14. brutus2002

    brutus2002 Junior

    I think we can expect to see the playbook open a little more. I think our young WR's are gonna tear it up again this week. I think its gonna be 49-0
  15. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    From reading the non-flaming stuff it seems they are very concerned with their kickoff, FG and PAT kicking. Appears they can't kick it very deep at all. That isn't a good sign for anyone playing us.

    I think the new kickoff rules give a HUGE advantage to the schools who have more overall talent. The kind of athletes we have that are maybe in the 2 deep or just outside and running to cover/return kickoffs gives us a huge advantage over almost anyone we play. Especially the Akron's of the world.

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