Preview 2018: Akron Zips. Somehow, It Gets The Job Done

Preview 2018: Akron Zips. Somehow, It Gets The Job Done

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Preview 2018: Akron Zips. Somehow, It Gets The Job Done

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What You Need To Know About The Akron Defense

– The defense was the second-worst in the MAC. It couldn’t stop anyone’s ground game, it didn’t generate much of a pass rush, was totally mediocre throwing the ball, and was the worst team in the country in first downs allowed – more on that in a moment. However, it was terrific at stopping offenses on third downs, and that was enough. With nine starters back, the production should start to come – at least, that’s the hope.

– Three of the four starters are back up front, only losing Ibrahima Camara on the nose. Ends Jamal Davis and Brian Reinke need to be far better at rushing the passer, and bulk size is an issue across the board, but the veterans are in place. Even without the pressure from the front, the secondary did its part. All four starters return after leading the MAC in picks, coming up with 19 on the year.

– The linebackers are going to be terrific. Ulysees Gilbert is one of the MAC’s best no matter which outside spot he plays at, and John Lako is the biggest linebacker on the middle. There’s quickness to go along with the experience, but Gilbert can’t be the only big producer.

Biggest Key To The Akron Defense

Stop someone from coming up with a first down. Duh, it sounds simple – that’s what defenses are supposed to do, along with not letting offenses score – but the Akron D was the worst in college football at this.

Arizona allowed 321 first downs last season – only Akron gave up more. The Zip D gave up a whopping 328 first downs, but that’s been a problem for the program over the last few years.

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