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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

Colts signed Akron WR Jerome Lane.

Lane (6’3/226) turned pro as a redshirt junior after converting from linebacker to wideout for his final two college seasons, tallying a career 101-1,800-14 (17.8 YPR) receiving line and topping 100 yards in 4-of-12 games last year. Lane turned more heads with 76th-percentile SPARQ results at the Combine. The son of a former first-round NBA pick, Lane is a freaky athlete for his size and has natural hands, committing only four drops in 2016. Lane will likely focus on special teams initially, but he offers longer-range upside as an H-back/slot/red-zone presence.
May 3 - 4:11 PM

Akron senior WR Jerome Lane Jr. has declared for the 2017 NFL Draft.

Last winter, ESPN Kevin Weidl described Lane as "raw with big time skill." The 6-foot-3, 212-pounder has translated those skills into a fine 2016 campaign. In 12 games this season, Lane has caught 62 passes for 1,018 yards and six touchdowns. As the Zips finished at 5-7, Lane can now exclusively focus on his pre-draft preparation.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 06:11:00 PM

Akron senior WR Jerome Lane Jr. caught six passes for 177 yards and a touchdown in Wednesday's 48-17 loss to Toledo.

The Zips may have been trounced on the scoreboard (they were outscored 45-7 after the first quarter), but that does nothing to take away from Lane's fantastic work. While the rest of the universe was watching the Cubs win their first championship since 1908, Lane was off averaging 29.5 yards per reception. Much of the inflation on that average came via a 91-yard touchdown grab just minutes into the game. The 6-foot-3, 212-pound senior opened the season with 100-yard receiving efforts in three of his first four games, but had been kept on the wrong side of that mark in each of his last five contests prior to Wednesday's brilliance.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 02:37:00 PM

Akron junior QB Thomas Woodson (shoulder) went 27-for-40 for 338 yards and two touchdowns Saturday against Ball State.

Woodson, who added 21 rushing yards, returned to his starting post after missing the previous three contests with a shoulder injury. Last year, he went 162-of-305 for 2,202 yards and 16 touchdowns and finished second on the Zips in rushing with 600 yards and three touchdowns on 136 carries.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 07:35:00 PM

Akron senior WR Jerome Lane Jr. logged seven receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown Saturday in a 35-25 win against Ball State.

QB Thomas Woodson hit Lane for a short touchdown pass to give Akron a 35-25 lead with 2:22 left in the game. The Zips (5-3, 3-1 Mid-American Conference) need only one win over the final four games to go bowling.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 07:20:00 PM

Akron redshirt senior DE Se'Von Pittman has not played like the Day 2 pick that scouts thought he was, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Through seven games this season, the former Ohio State Buckeye has posted 12 tackles, a tackle for loss and zero sacks. "Back in August I mentioned several scouts had given Pittman a second day grade, which I thought was generous," Pauline wrote. "And though stats don’t completely tell the story an undersized defensive lineman from the MAC must have more impact than displayed by Pittman to warrant a second day grade."
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 04:21:00 PM

Akron junior QB Thomas Woodson (shoulder) hasn't been ruled out for Saturday's game against Miami of Ohio.

Zips fans sure hope his recovery timeline accelerates after Tra’Von Chapman struggled mightily early on in his place against Kent. A game-time decision in that one, Woodson has thrown "on a very limited basis" this week according to Ohio.com's report.
Source: Ohio.com
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 02:33:00 PM


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