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Akron redshirt senior RB Warren Ball rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries in Saturday's 22-17 loss to Troy.

Ball now has a pair of 100-yard rushing games under his belt this season. He has not topped 40 yards in either of Akron's other two games. For the campaign as a whole, the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder has posted 325 yards (4.5 YPC) and four touchdowns. He should be able to put up strong numbers against Bowling Green next Saturday.
Sep 24 - 3:17 PM

Akron redshirt sophomore QB Nick Johns has been practicing with the tight ends and on special teams.

"He wants to find a way to play and that’s encouraging," HC Terry Bowden said. "If that’s the way he goes, I think he can help us there." Johns, who played a little TE in high school, isn't likely to see the field as a quarterback with Thomas Woodson in town. The former Virginia signal-caller was a three-star JUCO recruit in this past cycle.
Source: ohio.com
Sep 20 - 2:40 PM

Akron redshirt senior QB Thomas Woodson completed 15-of-21 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown in a 52-3 victory.

Woodson wasn't asked to do much on Saturday, as Akron RB Warren Ball and the other Zips running backs were able to run free through the A-PB defense. He was efficient, and most importantly, he rebounded from his struggles in the season-opening loss to Penn State.
Sep 9 - 10:01 PM

Akron redshirt senior RB Warren Ball ran the ball 20 times for 146 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-3 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday.

It's no surprise, but Ball (6'3/230) was just too much for Arkansas-Pine Bluff to deal with. The former Ohio State transfer opened up the scoring with a 12-yard scamper to make it 7-0 Zips with 10:46 left in the first quarter. His next touchdown came a quarter later on an eight-yard score that put Akron up 31-3 late with 5:00 left in the half. He punctuated his fine effort with an eight-yard touchdown in the middle of the third that made it 38-3. Bell is a tremendous athlete who didn't get a great chance at OSU -- injuries played a part, there -- but a big senior season could see his draft stock improve significantly. Running backs who run 4.4 40s and can jump 39 inches don't grow on trees, after all.
Sep 9 - 9:52 PM

The Akron Beacon Journal's George M. Thomas passes along that Akron redshirt senior QB Thomas Woodson "appears to be completely healthy after offseason shoulder surgery."

Woodson dinged up his right shoulder a year ago September. He managed to play in eight games for the rest of the campaign, throwing for 2,079 yards with an 18/6 TD/INT ratio. He possesses a big, somewhat inconsistent arm when healthy.
Aug 20 - 2:12 PM

Akron redshirt senior QB Thomas Woodson (shoulder) remains limited.

Woodson hurt his right (throwing) shoulder last September against Appalachian State. Though he isn't a full participant in practice yet, he did recently begin a throwing program. "If Woodson’s arm is fine, that solves a lot of problems," HC Terry Bowden said during Mid-American Conference Media Day. Woodson (6'1, 240) has a short, thick frame and a dual-threat game, reminiscent of former NFL QB David Garrard. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline wrote in June that Woodson "has a next-level arm but sprays throws and needs a lot of technical work."
Aug 6 - 9:01 AM

Akron redshirt senior WR Tra'Von Chapman is running with the starters.

Chapman shifted to receiver from quarterback this spring. The 6-foot-1, 216-pounder caught seven passes for 77 yards and a score in the spring exhibition. Per the Akron Beacon Journal, HC Terry Bowden said Chapman "looks as if he were born to play the position."
Aug 5 - 11:43 AM

Akron redshirt senior RB Warren Ball placed at No. 22 on Bruce Feldman's "Freak List."

Ball (6’3/230) vertical jumps 39 inches, broad jumps 10’8" and has been clocked at 4.4 in the 40. He carries a mere 3-percent body fat. A former Ohio State Buckeye, Ball left the school after three years sitting behind Carlos Hyde and Ezekiel Elliott. Ball had 181 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries in two 2016 starts for the Zips before getting knocked out for the season in Week 2 against Wisconsin.
Source: SI
Jul 18 - 1:47 PM

Akron redshirt senior WR Austin Wolf's 15.3 yards per reception was 10th-best in the MAC last season.

Wolf rolled out to a career-high campaign as a redshirt junior last season. During the campaign, the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder caught 36 passes for 550 yards and five touchdowns over the course of 12 games played.
Jul 11 - 4:53 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline advocates a wait-and-see approach with Akron redshirt senior RB Warren Ball.

"The Ohio State transfer comes with terrific measurables but was injured last season and has been minimally productive on the field," he wrote. Ball was granted a sixth season of eligibility over the winter after he was knocked out for the season last September due to an unspecified injury. He returned to practice in the spring but didn't play in the spring game. An Ohio State transfer, the 6-foot-1, 224-pounder was buried beneath the likes of Zeke Elliott and Carlos Hyde on the depth chart before moving on.
Jun 15 - 2:33 PM

Akron redshirt senior QB Thomas Woodson "has a next-level arm but sprays throws and needs a lot of technical work," according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Woodson (6'1, 240) has a squat, thick frame along with a dual-threat game, reminiscent of former NFL QB David Garrard. He's steadily improved over the past three years, but still has much work to do in the pocket. Woodson threw for 2,079 yards and an 18/6 TD/INT ratio on 60-percent completions last year. Curiously, he stopped leaving the pocket in 2016, with his rushing yards dropping to 34 after Woodson accrued 591 the year before.
Jun 15 - 12:30 PM

Akron junior LB Ulysees Gilbert is "small but fierce and fast," according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"He projects as a run-and-chase linebacker or a one-gap defender," Pauline wrote. "Gilbert shows great speed in a straight line as well as laterally. He's terrific in pursuit and holds his own in coverage." Gilbert (6'1, 225) had 122 tackles (65 solo), 11.5 TFL, four sacks, two forced fumbles and three pass breakups last year.
Jun 14 - 6:05 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline rates Akron senior T Jovann Letuli as the Zips' best senior prospect.

Letuli (6'5, 345) started 11 games at right tackle last season for the Zips. Per Pauline, he's a "powerful ... large, wide-bodied blocker who is best in a small area" but remains "a bit one-dimensional."
Jun 14 - 4:28 PM

Akron redshirt senior RB Warren Ball didn't play in the spring game.

But he did return to practice and figures to be a full-go for the summer. The NCAA granted Ball a sixth season of eligibility after he was knocked out for the season last September due to an unspecified injury. An Ohio State transfer, Ball rarely played for the Buckeyes while buried beneath Zeke Elliott and Carlos Hyde on the depth chart. We're excited to see the 6-foot-1, 224-pounder on the field and healthy. Akron opens at Penn State on Sept. 2.
Source: ohio.com
May 17 - 6:22 PM

Akron redshirt senior QB Tra'Von Chapman has been transitioning to wide receiver this spring.

"He’s really picked up the receiver position quicker than anyone I’ve ever had, because he’s athletic. He has great hands. He’s physical," said HC Terry Bowden, adding that "if we play four wide receivers he’s going to be in that starting rotation." The 6-foot-1, 216-pounder's smooth transition was readily apparent in the Zips' spring game -- Chapman caught seven passes for 77 yards and a score in that exhibition contest.
May 9 - 10:06 PM


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