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Akron redshirt senior WR Mykel Traylor-Bennett (knee) has been awarded a medical hardship waiver for the 2017 season.

Traylor-Bennett (6'3/230) was classified as a redshirt senior in 2017 and will be retaining that classification for the 2018 campaign thanks to the NCAA's approval of his waiver request. He did not play during the most recent season after sustaining a serious knee injury in the Zips' spring game a year ago. He caught nine passes for 97 yards and a score in 2016.
Source: gozips.com
Feb 27 - 1:26 PM

Akron assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Chuck Amato announced his retirement.

Amato served as the defensive coordinator for the Zips from 2012-2017. He was the head coach for NC State from 2000-2006, where he compiled a record of 49-37 and lead the Wolf Pack to five bowl games, winning four of them. Prior to joining NC State, he was a long-time assistant for Bobby Bowden at Florida State, working with the defense from 1982-1999.
Feb 26 - 4:37 PM

Akron hired St. Vincent-St. Mary HC Marcus Wattley.

Wattley will be meeting with Akron HC Terry Bowden to discuss specifics of his new job. He has served as head coach at St. Vincent-St. Mary for each of the past two seasons. This new gig with Akron will be his first on an FBS coaching staff.
Feb 1 - 2:00 PM

Akron freshman QB Kato Nelson completed 9-of-15 passes for 80 yards in a 50-3 loss to FAU on the Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday.

Nelson also ran for 21 yards on 14 carries for the Zips. There just wasn't much time to get the football downfield for Nelson, and when he did have time, he was mostly forced into checkdowns. It's a disappointing end of the season for Nelson, but considering he was just a freshman and he lead his team into the MAC Championship, Akron fans have reason for optimism. He should be the starter for the Zips next year.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 10:34:00 PM

Akron redshirt sophomore RB Deltron Sands (leg) will not play in the Boca Raton Bowl against FAU on Tuesday.

No real surprise, here. Sands was carted off the field against Miami (OH) on Nov. 8 and has not played since. The 5-foot-8, 201-pounder finishes out the season having rushed for 173 yards (6.9 YPC) and two touchdowns. Look for Van Edwards and Manny Morgan to see the bulk of carries against the Owls on Tuesday evening.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 01:23:00 PM

Akron redshirt senior QB Thomas Woodson has been reinstated from the two-game suspension levied against him earlier this month.

While Woodson is back in good standing with the Zips after he was benched due to a violation of team rules, HC Terry Bowden has not yet determined whether the redshirt senior will start against Toledo in the MAC Championship Game on Saturday. Said Bowden, "You can go in there only playing one or play more than one, so there’s all kinds of options. We’ll look at the practice week and go from there." The other option in play beyond Woodson, here is redshirt freshman Kato Nelson. We might not receive clarity on this situation until Saturday.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 03:07:00 PM

Akron HC Terry Bowden has not named a starter at quarterback for Tuesday's game against Ohio.

This could just be games from Bowden; Nelson has perormed well in the place of suspended quarterback Thomas Woodson, and it seems likely that the redshirt freshman will get another start against the Bobcats. The Zips will likely name their starting quarterback close to tip-off, as they have the last two weeks.
Source: Ohio.com
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 06:46:00 PM

Akron redshirt freshman QB Kato Nelson was 22-for-38 passing for 322 yards and four touchdowns in Tuesday's upset win over Ohio.

He added 45 rushing yards. Nelson has started the past two games in place of the suspended Thomas Woodson. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder has a 5/0 TD/INT rate over those games, and is making a real argument to remain starter even after Woodson is reinstated.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 03:09:00 PM

Akron redshirt senior WR Tra'Von Chapman recorded eight receptions for 65 yards on Tuesday against Ohio.

Chapman, a former quarterback, is used as a possession receiver in Akron's offense. He's recorded 48 receptions through 11 games, but has only 442 yards and two touchdowns to show for it.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 02:47:00 PM

Akron redshirt freshman QB Kato Nelson will start Tuesday's game against Ohio.

Nelson will be making his second consecutive start in place of Thomas Woodson, who is once again sitting out suspended. Last week, the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder completed 19-of-38 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown while filling in for Woodson in a loss to Miami (OH).
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 06:56:00 PM

Akron redshirt senior QB Thomas Woodson (suspension) will not start Tuesday's game against Ohio.

Woodson sat out last Tuesday's contest against Miami (OH) due to what was described as a violation of team rules. That suspension will now cost the redshirt senior a second consecutive game. Starting in his place versus the Bobcats on Tuesday will be redshirt freshman Kato Nelson.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 06:42:00 PM

Akron HC Terry Bowden said that Tommy Woodson (suspension) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against Ohio.

Woodson missed last week's loss with the suspension, and while the assumption has been that it was just a one-week deal, it's possible that the senior signal-caller won't go against the Bobcats, either. If he remains suspended, redshirt freshman quarterback Kato Nelson will start for the Zips on Tuesday.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 08:57:00 PM

Akron HC Terry Bowden declined to name a starter for Tuesday against Ohio nor specify whether redshirt senior QB Thomas Woodson would return from suspension.

Just prior to this Tuesday's loss to Miami (OH), Akron distributed a news release stating that Woodson was suspended for "tonight’s game." The implication was that Woodson would return next week, but Bowden isn't tipping his hand. "I would be remiss if I didn’t say Tommy Woodson was not played because of a violation of team rules, and I will not make an announcement on his future play until later on this week," Bowden said. When Akron athletics director Larry Williams was asked if Woodson would be suspended for multiple games, he said: "He’s still suspended."
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 02:11:00 PM

Akron redshirt freshman QB Kato Nelson went 19-for-38 for 218 yards and a touchdown in Tuesday's 24-14 loss to Miami of Ohio.

Nelson added 12 rushing yards and a ground touchdown. He was named starter just before kickoff when Akron HC Terry Bowden announced that starting quarterback Thomas Woodson was suspended. We're working under the assumption that Woodson will be reinstated for next week's game against Ohio.
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 12:05:00 PM

Akron redshirt sophomore RB Deltron Sands (leg) was carted off the field in the first quarter of Tuesday's game against Miami of Ohio.

Sands has looked good in limited action this fall (25-173-2 on 6.9 YPA) but now may be facing an absence. Akron has as yet not addressed his prognosis.
Wed, Nov 8, 2017 12:40:00 PM


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