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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.
Dec 1 - 6:11 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.
Nov 3 - 2:37 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.
Oct 24 - 7:35 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.
Oct 24 - 7:20 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."
Oct 19 - 4:21 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
Oct 5 - 2:33 PM

Akron coach Terry Bowden says senior RB Warren Ball's unidentified injury is "a week-to-week thing."

Ball left the blowout loss at Wisconsin earlier this month and we haven't seen him since. The mysterious injury kept Ball out of last week's game against Marshall. Bowden will only say that his running back position is "banged up." Ball's availability for Saturday against Appalachian State is seriously in doubt.
Sep 20 - 5:11 PM

Akron senior WR Jerome Lane Jr. had three catches for 43 yards in a loss to Wisconsin on Saturday.

The Zips couldn't get much of anything going offensively in this one. Expect more from QB Thomas Woodson and Lane going forward. The toolsy Lane has 13 receptions for 237 yards and two touchdowns across two contests.
Sep 10 - 7:46 PM

Akron junior QB Thomas Woodson was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week for the East Division.

Woodson completed 23-of-32 throws for a career-high 407 yards and a school-record six touchdown passes in last week's 47-24 victory over Virginia Military Institute. This week, Woodson and Akron's spread attack face a stiff test in Wisconsin. Badgers HC Paul Chryst says his team must play disciplined and stick to their defensive assignments to combat the scheme.
Sep 9 - 5:06 PM

Akron senior WR Jerome Lane Jr. went off in Saturday's win over VMI, catching 10 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns.

Lane is a converted linebacker, but you wouldn't know it from watching him. On Saturday, the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder absolutely demolished VMI, averaging 19.6 yards per reception for the game. Last season, he caught 39 passes for 782 yards and eight touchdowns. A step up on those numbers is reasonable enough to assume given that he is now a year removed from his initial transition. In December, ESPN's Kevin Weidl wrote that Lane was "raw with big time upside."
Sep 3 - 11:04 PM

Kentucky redshirt sophomore TE Darryl Long transferred to Akron.

Long was part of the special teams unit last season while serving as a backup tight end. He failed to record a catch during the 2015 campaign. Playing time might have been the impetus for the 6-foot-4, 246-pounder's transfer this month, as he was buried on the depth chart behind Freshman All-American TE C.J. Conrad. With the Zips, Long -- a three-star recruit out of high school -- will look to carve out a more expanded offensive role than he otherwise would have seen at Kentucky.
Aug 21 - 1:45 PM

Former Rutgers redshirt sophomore CB Darian Dailey transferred to Akron, but is ineligible to play this season.

Dailey was kicked off Rutgers after he was arrested on a charge of armed robbery in May of 2015. The corner faced two years of probation, community service and a fine. Prior to his departure, Dailey was listed as a started cornerback.
Source: NJ.com
Aug 18 - 11:45 AM

Kentucky redshirt sophomore TE Darryl Long will transfer.

While Long appeared in 10 games last season, he was used mostly on special teams and failed to record any offensive statistics of note. The 6-foot-4, 246-pounder was in a tough spot for playing time with fellow tight end C.J. Conrad earning Freshman All-American honors for the past campaign. Long was a three-star recruit out of high school. He will have to sit a year if he transfers to another FBS outfit.
Aug 8 - 1:29 PM

Akron redshirt senior DE Jamal Marcus "is relentless in the running game, for better or for worse, often disrupting plays but also taking himself out of position," notes Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo.

"Still, there’s more good than bad and that same tenacity shows up in his pass rushing," added Palazzolo. Last year, Marcus was Pro Football Focus' No. 6 edge rusher with a +37.4 grade. He had five sacks, six QB hits and 38 hurries on 343 rushes. PFF sees him as a top-100 overall returning player.
Jul 19 - 6:42 PM

Former Michigan T Logan Tuley-Tillman transferred to Akron.

Tuley-Tillman's career path has been winding and fraught with obstacles. Initially a four-star member of Michigan's 2013 recruiting class, the 6-foot-7, 309-pounder was dismissed from the Wolverines last September. At the time, the reason was unknown, but a month later, it came out that Tuley-Tillman was facing three felony charges stemming from his filming of a sex act by a woman without her consent. He committed to Washington State in January and subsequently pleaded guilty to two charges. He was sentenced to two years of probation in late March. Washington State is no longer in the cards, with Tuley-Tullman flipping to Akron on Thursday. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
Jun 23 - 12:42 PM


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