Preview 2019: Akron. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

Preview 2019: Akron. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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Preview 2019: Akron. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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4. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE AKRON DEFENSE

There are rebuilds, and there’s what Akron has to do. Just three starters return from a decent defense that was good at getting into the backfield, but didn’t do enough to pressure the quarterback. Leading pass rusher Jamal Davis is done, but Josh Ward is a decent do-it-all outside presence who’s the new leader up front.

Alvin Davis might be the MAC’s best defensive back, and he’s one of the best returning statistical playmakers in the country. He’s going to have to do even more for a secondary that loses three starters and needs to find a few backup options in a big hurry.

The linebacking corps should be a plus early on – at least relative to the rest of the defense – with some quick young options ready to step up in two of the open spots. 126-tackle veteran John Lako is back, but in all six of the top eight tacklers are gone from the D.

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