2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Akron Offense
Score points. Coming up with a third down conversion would be pleasant – the Zips were next-to-last in America at doing that – and there needs to be an offensive identity, but let’s just make this easy … score. They average fewer than 19 points per game, and managed to score 17 or fewer seven times. Considering how much work there is to do on the defensive side, the offense has to start pulling its weight.
Biggest Key To The Akron Defense
The run defense has to hold up early on. The starting rotation in the front four – or whatever the alignment is based on the gameplan – has to be solid with little in the way of depth. Davon’te Jest is a 300-pounder, but side is an issue – this group will get beaten on early on after allowing 200 rushing yards or more in six of the last nine games.
Key Player To A Successful Season
RB Deltron Sands, Sr.
Or Keyondre White, or Devanier Floyd. One of the running backs has to grow into a go-to back right away to take the pressure off the rest of the attack. This is a painfully thin position, and the 5-8, 195-pound Sands isn’t going to be a workhorse. However, he’s quick enough and experienced enough too tart getting the ball in his hands at least 15 times a game.
Key Game To The Akron Season
at Central Michigan, Sept. 14
The Zips will have two games under their belt before kicking off the MAC season. There are enough winnable games ahead to pull off a few good moments as long they keep on progressing, but getting a win over a rebuilding CMU team on the road would be a huge boost considering the next conference game is against Kent State after getting a week off. After winning just two MAC games last season, beat the Chippewas, and a 2-0 conference start is possible.
– Akron Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 Akron Fun Stats
– 4th Quarter Scoring: Opponents 91 – Akron 27
– 3rd Down Conversions: Opponents 70-of-189 (37%) – Akron 49-of-169 (29%)
– Red Zone Scores: Akron 20-of-21 (95%) – Opponents 43-of-53 (81%)