September 24, 2007

Know The Foes: Akron Zips

Throughout the season, UConnReport.com will be providing fans a quick primer to get acquainted with the coming week's opponents. With the Huskies returning home to play Akron this Saturday at noon, we broke down the Zips by position to give you a level of familiarity with the MAC foe.

The Basics
Akron's record: 2-2, 1-0 Mid-American Conference
Conference standing: 2nd place, MAC East Division
Last week's result: Defeated Kent State, 27-20
Head coach (record at school/season): J.D. Brookhart (20-20/4th season)
Primary offensive formation: Multiple
Primary defensive formation: 3-3-5
Three to watch on offense: QB Carlton Jackson, RB Bryan Williams, WR Jabari Arthur
Three to watch on defense: CB Davanzo Tate, FS Andre Jones, Rover John Mackey

Scouting Report
What is Akron's strength? The Zips are a good team on the defensive side of the ball, which was demonstrated when they held Ohio State to just 20 points and recorded a safety in a loss earlier this season. They might have taken a hit this past week, however, with rover and leading tackler John Mackey getting hurt early in the game against Kent State. Given the scheme, the defensive backs are the players seeing most of the action - the front three have recorded a total of 25 tackles in four games.

What is Akron's weakness? Scoring. Surprisingly, the Zips have scored just seven touchdowns on the season, with three of them coming last week in the team's rivalry game against Kent State. The infusion of Carlton Jackson into the offense last week, a sophomore dual-threat quarterback, seemed to spur the Zips as he ran for and threw for a touchdown. The team also appears to be extremely unstable in the backfield, relying upon Dennis Kennedy, Alex Allen and Bryan Williams to gain a fairly equal number of carries.

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