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ESPN's Kevin Weidl calls Akron OLB Jatavis Brown "one of my favorite sleepers in this class."

Weidl is currently taking in Brown's work on the practice fields of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. "Brown is out here making plays," he tweeted. "Explosive with range." Brown is the reigning MAC Defensive Player of the Year. The 5-foot-11, 218-pounder posted 116 tackles, 19.5 TFL, 11.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception during his monster 2015 campaign. An AFC North scout said in October that he thinks Brown might be an NFL safety due to his size.
Jan 22 - 4:59 PM

Pittsburgh redshirt freshman LB Jamal Davis transferred to Akron.

In his Twitter announcement, Davis said, "I believe in myself and I believe in the things I know I can make happen on the field." The 6-foot-2, 200-pound redshirt freshman recorded a singular tackle and likewise singular quarterback hurry in 10 games with Pittsburgh this past season.
Jan 16 - 5:58 PM

Akron senior OLB Jatavis Brown accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Brown's production earned him MAC Defensive Player of the Year honors for the past campaign. The 5-foot-11, 218-pound senior recorded 116 tackles (19.5 for loss), 11.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception over the course of 13 contests. His low-tackle number for his last three seasons came in 2014, and even then, he recorded 94 of 'em. In late October, an AFC North scout said that he thinks Brown might fit best at safety in the NFL due to his size.
Jan 10 - 8:46 PM

Akron senior RB Conor Hundley rushed for 28 yards on 14 carries in Tuesday's 23-21 win over Utah State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

The Zips weren't able to get much going on offense -- no real surprise -- but controlled the game throughout anyway by forcing three turnovers, dominating time of possession and playing strong defense. The 5-foot-10, 206-pound Hundley closed out his senior campaign with 901 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 07:11:00 PM

Akron junior WR Jerome Lane Jr. is "raw with big time upside," according to ESPN's Kevin Weidl.

You don't often see linebackers convert to receiver -- there was a brief stop at safety in between -- but not many are blessed with Lane's size and athleticism. It's no surprise, seeing as though he's the son of a former five-year NBA veteran, also named Jerome Lane. Remember the name? Jerome became famous for shattering a backboard -- "Send it in Jerome!" -- while playing for Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Jerome Jr. has said he clocked in the 4.4s during high school combines. At this time, he's an unrefined home run threat. He's caught only 35 balls but has turned that into 750 yards and eight touchdowns, good for an elite 21.43 yards per catch average.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 05:40:00 PM

Akron (7-5) will play Utah State (6-6) in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on December 22.

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl--which represents an entire food and an entire state--will kickoff at 3:30 PM ET in Boise, with Utah State tabbed as a 6-point favorite in the early going. Aggies QB Chuckie Keaton has missed six games due to injury and holds a 3/6 TD/INT ratio in his six healthy contests, but should provide a huge boost should he prove healthy. He'll have to be on the lookout for Zips linebacker Jatavis Brown, who led the MAC with 10.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 08:02:00 PM

Akron senior RB Conor Hundley rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in Friday's 20-0 win over Kent State.

Hundley suffered a head injury against Buffalo last weekend, but he came out with a respectable showing against Kent State on Friday. The 5-foot-10, 206-pound senior averaged 4.5 YPC with a long run of 18 yards. While he's busted over the 100-yard rushing mark just twice during the 2015 campaign, he does have an additional three contests with at least 90 yards rushing. For the season, Hundley's rushed for 883 yards and 10 touchdowns. There's not a ton of upside here on the DFS front, but he works as a decent filler option.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 05:21:00 PM

Akron senior RB Conor Hundley was limited to 34 yards on 12 carries in Saturday's 14-6 loss to Central Michigan.

Hundley averaged a dismal 2.8 YPC in Saturday's loss. The 5-foot-10, 206-pound senior has two 100-yard rushing efforts in eight games, but he's also been held under 70 five times. Overall, Hundley's rushed for 577 yards and six touchdowns. While he's posted a few nice games, he's not particularly appetizing as a DFS morsel.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 05:16:00 PM

An AFC North scout believes Akron senior OLB Jatavis Brown will be an NFL safety.

"He's probably a safety at our level because of his size so we'll see how that transition goes," the scout said. "But I love his speed, the way he plays with violence and just the way he carries himself out there. I know our special teams coach will be excited to get his hands on him." The 5-foot-11, 218-pounder (4.52 forty) certainly looks and moves like an NFL safety. "Brown plays with top-shelf aggression, but he tends to tackle too high and needs to improve his tackling mechanics to better break down and wrap," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. "He lacks ideal size and length, struggling to stack-and-shed once engulfed by offensive linemen. Brown has some experience playing in coverage, but he's best downhill and is still developing his awareness and anticipation when asked to play in reverse." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline thinks Brown could get into the Day 3 mix.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 03:18:00 PM

Akron senior RB Conor Hundley carried the ball 18 times for 70 yards in Saturday's 14-12 loss to Ohio.

Hundley and receiver Imani Davis (who had 90 receiving yards) were the most effective offensive players on the field for the Zips in Saturday's slugfest between Akron and Ohio. With the 70 yards, the 5-foot-10, 206-pound Hundley's now rushed for 364 yards. He's also scored four touchdowns, but there's little DFS upside here.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 05:23:00 PM
Kyle Pohl - QB - Zips

Akron senior QB Kyle Pohl (unspecified injury) will miss Saturday's contest with Savannah State.

Pohl was taken to the locker room after suffering a third-down hit in the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss to Pittsburgh. Specifics of his injury haven't been publicized, but the 6-foot-3, 213-pound senior will miss at least this week's match-up against Savannah State. He was sidelined by a head injury for two games in 2014, but when healthy, he passed for 2,189 yards with a 9/8 TD/INT ratio. Tra'Von Chapman and Thomas Woodson are both expected to see snaps at quarterback in Pohl's absence.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 06:14:00 PM

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.
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 12:38:00 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.
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 06:38:00 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.
Mon, Jun 22, 2015 02:37:00 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."
Sun, Jan 18, 2015 03:39:00 PM


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