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Louisville graduate WR Michaelee Harris will play his final season at Akron.

Harris' time at Louisville has been filled with injuries. Notably, Harris has torn the ACL and PCL in both knees and missed two full seasons. He started five games last season but only recorded nine catches for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Jun 30 - 12:38 PM

Akron senior OLB Jatavis Brown "was given free agent grades by scouts, in large part due to poor measurables," reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"That said he’s an explosive linebacker who goes sideline to sideline," Pauline wrote. "I could definitely see him making it at the next level as an 8th linebacker/special teams player." With a big season, Brown could work himself into the Day 3 mix.
Jun 24 - 6:38 PM
Kyle Pohl - QB - Zips

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline notes that Akron senior QB Kyle Pohl was handed a low grade by draft scouts.

"Quarterback Kyle Pohl was also handed a low grade but I like his poise, QB intelligence and accuracy. He outplayed Christian Hackenberg during the first half of the Zips loss to Penn State last season. Arm strength is a question but Pohl’s intangibles are enticing," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-3, 213-pound Pohl passed for 2189 yards last season with 9 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in 10 games of play (missed two games with a head injury). The Akron prospect will need to play consistent to keep dual-threat sophomore Tra’Von Chapman off his heels in 2015.
Jun 22 - 2:37 PM

Former Washington State redshirt junior ILB Darryl Monroe transferred to Akron.

He's eligible to play for the Zips immediately as a graduate transfer. "They’re genuine, they care about you as a person and a player and they want to win," Monroe said of Terry Bowden‘s staff. Across three seasons and 37 games at Wazzu, Monroe had 244 tackles. The 6-foot-1, 235-pounder runs a 4.76 forty. "Monroe sports a chiseled frame and the strength gained from time in the weight room is obvious on the field, where he shows impressive power to disengage and as a hitter," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observed last summer. "He's highly aggressive and doesn't possess great balance, which results in some big collisions when he guesses right and some cut-back opportunities when he overruns the play. Monroe is at his best in the box due to average straight-line speed, though he is alert in coverage."
Jan 18 - 3:39 PM
Kyle Pohl - QB - Zips

Akron junior QB Kyle Pohl "made several NFL type passes and decisions" in Saturday's game against Penn State, wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Despite not getting his team into the end zone I was really impressed with the play of quarterback Kyle Pohl during Akron’s loss to Penn State," Pauline wrote. "His stats were nothing impressive; 24 of 46 passing for 208 yards with no interceptions. Yet throughout the game Pohl made several NFL type passes and decisions. The fact his receivers dropped a number of catchable throws did not help his cause, never mind Akron’s athlete’s are subpar compared to the team fielded by Penn State. Pohl caught my eye on film over the summer and he’s someone to monitor moving forward." The 6-foot-3, 213-pound Zips' prospect threw for 2,438 yards, 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2013.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 05:41:00 PM
Kyle Pohl - QB - Zips

Draft insider Tony Pauline believes Akron junior QB Kyle Pohl has "enough arm strength to play at the next level."

"He’s a well sized passer with enough arm strength to play at the next level. Pohl needs to improve his pass placement and cut down on the number of picks he tosses but definitely has late round potential if he continues to progress," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-3, 213 pound Akron prospect threw for 2,438 yards, with 14 touchdowns and 10 INTs in 2013. After dealing with an ankle injury for most of last season, look for the fully healthy gunslinger to rebound nicely after a year under his belt, as the Zips starting quarterback.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 01:36:00 PM

Ex-Ohio State redshirt junior DE Jamal Marcus will transfer to Akron, according to Jamal Marcus' Instagram page.

"Everything in life whether good or bad I feel are life lessons that God places on us to help us become better and wiser men and women," Marcus wrote on his Instagram page. "This fall, I will be attending and playing football for The University of Akron. Blessed and thankful for the opportunity. Can't wait to give my all to this team and help get Akron football back on top." The 6-foot-1, 243 pound defensive end chose to stay close, and will play for coach Terry Bowden and the Akron Zips.
Sun, Jul 6, 2014 07:25:00 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes redshirt junior ILB Darryl Monroe has "average straight-line speed."

Monroe capped off a 94 tackle, eight for loss, and two sack season with a career-high 13 tackles in a New Mexico Bowl setback versus Colorado State. "Monroe sports a chiseled frame and the strength gained from time in the weight room is obvious on the field, where he shows impressive power to disengage and as a hitter," wrote Rang. "He's highly aggressive and doesn't possess great balance, which results in some big collisions when he guesses right and some cut-back opportunities when he overruns the play. Monroe is at his best in the box due to average straight-line speed, though he is alert in coverage." The 6-foot-1, 235-pounder runs a 4.76 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Jul 1, 2014 07:29:00 PM

Ohio State redshirt junior DE Jamal Marcus will transfer to a different school.

The Columbus Dispatch reports it was a mutual decision, while Eleven Warriors writes the defensive end was dismissed from the program. Either way, Marcus will be playing for a different school next year. "Marcus... had missed time during spring practice because of academic struggles, an issue that persisted," Bill Rabinowitz writes. He was a reserve defensive lineman, but Marcus did start in place of the suspended Noah Spence in the school's bowl game against Clemson.
Tue, May 27, 2014 09:48:00 AM

Akron OT Jarrod Pughsley "could be a project-type player in the NFL," according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

Pughsley (6-foot-4 1/2, 308 pounds) performed 34 lifts on the bench press at Akron’s pro day on March 21. "Pugs" added forties of 5.29 and 5.32 seconds, a 30-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot broad jump, a 4.69 second short shuttle and a three-cone time of 8.20 seconds. Pughsley is hoping to become the first Zips player drafted since Reggie Corner was a fourth-round pick of the Bills in 2008.
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:53:00 PM

Akron and head coach Terry Bowden agreed to a two-year contract extension that runs through 2018.

Bowden has led the Zips to a 4-7 record in his second season, the first time the school has won four games since 2008. Akron has finished 1-11 in three straight seasons.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 05:59:00 PM

Akron junior RB Jawon Chisholm rushed for 151 yards on 27 carries 16-7 win over Kent State.

Chisholm's long carry of 26 yards actually saw him take an outside angle following a handoff from shotgun. He's playing on a bad team, but Chisholm continues to get things done. Remember his name before next season.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 09:08:00 PM

Akron junior RB Jawon Chisholm rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries in the team's 42-24 loss to Ball State.

Akron is terrible, but Chisholm keeps doing his thing. The power runner keeps his pas level a bit high, but Chisholm is explosive and decisive as a north and south specialist.
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 04:15:00 PM

Akron junior RB Jawon Chisholm rushed for 86 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries in a 24-17 win over Miami (OH).

Chisholm is one of the conference's top running backs and combines some nice power with straight-line speed. Akron is a fairly terrible team, but Chisholm is a bright spot.
Sat, Oct 19, 2013 05:57:00 PM

Florida State senior G Henry Orelus is reportedly transferring to Akron.

Orelus has already graduated from Florida State, so he will be eligible to play immediately. After missing the 2011 season due to a preseason concussion, that missed time continued in 2012 after only playing in one contest. This is the second transfer Terry Bowden has claimed from Florida State.
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 08:10:00 AM


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