Akron Zips are a member of the MAC. In 2021, they finished with a a 2-10 record and 1-2 in the conference. They defeated Bryant and then won their conference contest on the road at Bowling Green. In the previous four years they have averaged under 20 points per game.
Akron Zips-Offense 2022
in the Fall football, they had a quarterback emerge in DJ Irons. He is 215 pound that threw for eight touchdowns and ran for two of his own. He is 6’5″ out of Lawrenceville, GA. The athleticism that he has will surprise many teams and could be more effective than the Akron Zips are used to.
The team has experience returning for the upcoming season in the running back department. Leading he Akron Zips last year was Jonzell Norris with his three touchdowns and 573 yards on 118 carries. Next is Anthony Williams, Jr, and Blake Hester. However, coming into the Akron Zips program is Cam Wiley, a transfer from Minnesota. He was their second leading rusher in 2020. As a team last year they only rushed for 123.2 yards per game and 3.4 yard per carry.
The receiving corps only has one returnees that have been successful in Tristan Banks. He was selected to the second team all-conference in 2021. The transfer route brought in some experience Alex Adams. a sophomore from LSU. Also, senior wideout Shocky Jcques-Louis from Pitt. He played 45 games and for 1,005 yards and 82 passes caught. The Akron Zips also added TJ Banks, a 6’5″tight end from the West Virginia Mountaineers.
The offensive line looks solid and it returns all five linemen, along with transfer Max Barnes who appeared in 23 games for the Houston Cougars. The kicking game returns with junior Cory Smigel. He hit 6-for-7 field goals from inside 40 yards and sophomore punter Kyle Romenick returns as their first choice. The Zips will be auditioning for a punt returner from their roster.
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Akron Zips- Coaching
The new head coach for the Akron Zips is Joe Moorhead. He has experience with a 52-25 record from stops at Fordham and Mississippi State. In 2016, he was the play caller for the Big Ten champion Penn State team and in 2020 he did that for the Pac-12 champ Oregon Ducks. He left a $1.1 million job as offensive coordinator and signed five-year, $2.5 million contract, which is a $425,000 base salary to be the head coach for the Akron Zips.
Akron Zips Schedule and Prediction
They open up on Sept 1 at home with their 30,000 fans stadium InfoCison Stadium playing St. Francis (PA) which is much easier for opener than last season when they visited Auburn for a waxing on the road. Then three tough games or even harder than that at Michigan State on Sept. 10 from their they slide down to Tennessee Sept 17, then they finish up the three game road trip with Liberty on September 24.
The conference games begin with Bowling Green in town which is a winnable game and they conclude the MAC schedule at Northern Illinois . All in all as I peruse the schedule and take in the transfers entering the program, I am anticipating that the Akron Zips improve to four wins this season.
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