Akron Zips: Keys To The Season, Top Game, Top Transfer, Fun Stats
Akron Zips: Key To The 2022 Offense
Joe Moorhead is a strong offensive head coach, there are some nice parts at the skill spots if DJ Irons can emerge. None of it matters if the offensive line can’t block anyone. It allowed a whopping 63 sacks last season and gave up close to five per game over the last three years. Quick-hitting throws will help, but the line just has to be better.
Akron Zips: Key To The 2022 Defense
Get off the field
The Zips were second-worst in the nation in third down stops. That was a function of several problems. There wasn’t enough of a pass rush, teams were too good on first downs, and there just weren’t enough big plays when it mattered.
Akron’s defense allowed teams to convert just 37% of their third down tries in 2018. It’s allowed close to 53% since then.
Akron Zips: Key Player To The 2022 Season
QB DJ Irons, Jr.
The 6-6, 215-pound veteran has a good running back to hand off to in Cam Wiley, the receivers should be fine, and the line at least has experience. Now it’s his job to make the quick O go with good decision making and plays with his legs as well as his arm on third down. If the offseason was any indication, he’s ready to step up.
Akron Zips: Key Transfer
RB Cam Wiley, Sophomore
The Zips are bringing in a ton of transfers to sprinkle across the positions – the receivers and defensive backs are getting the most help – but the 6-2, 185-pound Wiley should be the instant boost for the ground game. It was hard to get much work in the Minnesota backfield, but now the all-around speedster will be used in a variety of ways.
Akron Zips Key Game To The 2022 Season
at Ohio, October 8
The Zips will beat Saint Francis to start the season, they should beat Bowling Green at home, and they’ll almost certainly get rocked by Michigan State, Tennessee, and Liberty on the road for a 2-3 start. After that is a road game at Ohio.
There’s been just one win over the Bobcats since 2007, and this year’s version is a measuring stick for where the program is under Joe Moorhead at the midseason.
Akron Zips: 2021 Fun Stats
– Red Zone Scores: Opponents 48-of-51 (94%) – Akron 25-of-36 (69%)
– 2nd Quarter Scoring: Opponents 177 – Akron 65
– Sacks: Opponents 64 for 357 yards – Akron 15 for 133 yards