2012 Akron Zips Football Preview
2011 Record: 1-11 (0-8 Mid-American)
Head Coach: Terry Bowden, first season (139-63-2 overall)
Projected Returning Starters: 15
Spring Game: April 21st
Notes: The Rob Ianello tenure was short in Akron – and filled with losses. Ianello finished 2-22 at Akron, with only one win over an FBS team, Buffalo, on November 26, 2010. Still, Akron has been a tough place to be successful at, as Akron has been to one bowl in its history, and has had only 7 winning seasons in 25 years, but they did win the MAC Championship in 2005, under then-second year coach J.D. Brookhart. The Zips have had no more than seven wins in a season since the transition to Division I football in 1987. As bad of a hire that Ianello was, Bowden has the potential to be a great hire. Coach Bowden was 47-17-1 at Auburn, before resigning as head coach in 1998. Bowden was signed to a five-year deal in December.
BVTSB Take: Expect Bowden’s first year to be rough – the Zips have won an average of 2.5 games over the past four seasons. The Zips return quarterbacks Clayton Moore, as well as backup Patrick Nicely. Moore needs to cut down on the turnovers if the Zips are going to improve from last season. Sophomore running back Jawon Chisholm should anchor the running game – he accounted for roughly 70% of the yards on the ground. The top two wide receivers in 2011, Keith Sconiers and Marquelo Suel, also return. With a recruiting class near the bottom of the MAC in 2012, expect the struggles to continue in Akron, this season. Bowden will have some time, but Akron needs to put people in their $61.5 million stadium.
2012 Early Projection: 2-10
To see the 2012 MAC composite schedule, click here.
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