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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

Chargers selected Akron OLB Jatavis Brown with the No. 175 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Brown (5'11/227) was a shocking Combine snub following a decorated college career in which he earned first-team All-MAC three times and MAC Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. A weak-side linebacker at Akron, Brown set a school record with 41.5 career tackles for loss, including 18 sacks and ten forced fumbles. Brown showed NFL athleticism at the Zips' Pro Day, blazing 4.44 with an explosive 10-foot-5 broad jump. Described by Mike Mayock as a prospect who "flies around and makes plays," Brown should be an immediate special teams producer and eventually push for defensive snaps.
Apr 30 - 3:45 PM

Akron LB Jatavis Brown has visited 10 teams, including the Steelers, Chargers and Rams, according to Rand Getlin.

Brown might be viewed as a poor man's Darron Lee in this draft, a linebacker who can cover plenty of ground or walk out and match up against slot receivers and tight ends. Brown might be the most compact linebacker in this class, standing 5-foot-11 and 222 pounds. That is not the typical size teams value at the position, which likely pushes Brown to the third day. Josh Norris currently ranks Brown as the No. 115 prospect in the class.
Apr 11 - 8:41 AM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler noted that while Akron LB Jatavis Brown might lack ideal size, "his athleticism pops off the film."

"There is nothing he can do about his lack of height, length and growth potential," Brugler wrote, "but Brown has the athletic traits that should make him at-worst a special teams ace." The Akron standout measures out to 5-foot-11, 227 pounds. During his Pro Day work, he showed off an impressive blend of strength -- 33 reps on the bench press -- and speed -- 4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He was a three-time first-team All-MAC selection during his time with the Zips and ended up winning MAC Defensive Player of the Year for the 2015 campaign on the strength of 116 tackles (19.5 for loss), 11.5 sacks, an interception and four forced fumbles. Size will almost certainly scrub him from some boards when the draft rolls around in a few weeks, but it's difficult to argue with his on-field production or (as Brugler would attest to) his terrific game tape.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 9 - 3:59 PM

Washington State graduate T Logan Tuley-Tillman was sentenced to two years' probation for filming sex acts with a woman without her consent.

Tuley-Tillman was initially charged with three felonies in relation to the September incident in which he used a woman's cell phone (unknown to her at the time) to record a sex act. The woman reportedly told police that the act itself was consensual, though the filming clearly was not. The whole unfortunate ball of wax resulted in Tuley-Tillman's dismissal from Michigan in September. He transferred to Washington State in January and subsequently pleaded guilty to two felony counts (one count of capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person and one count of using a computer to commit a crime). Sentencing occurred on Monday and resulted in two years of probation.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 29 - 6:48 PM

Akron senior WR Andrew Pratt is in stable condition after being shot in the stomach by teammate junior T Scott Boyett, who mistook him for a burglar.

Pratt entered the offensive tackle's apartment around 3 A.M. Saturday morning without knocking, leading Boyett to the conclusion that he was a burglar. When questioned by police, Pratt confirmed the story and called the shooting "an honest mistake." Pratt had 28 receptions for 280 yards and a touchdown last year.
Source: Ohio.com
Mar 20 - 2:01 PM

Akron OLB Jatavis Brown ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at the Houston Regional Combine.

Brown, who was surprisingly spurned from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis next week due to his size, was asked after the workout what position he thinks he'll play in the NFL. "Honestly, I'd like to see a team create a position for me. Not quite a linebacker, not quite a safety but use me and be creative," Brown said. The 5-foot-11, 222-pounder is the reigning MAC Defensive Player of the Year and a three-time first team All-MAC pick. Many analysts think he'll get drafted. And Brown is certainly no stranger to overcoming long odds. "No one wanted me, except for Akron," said Brown of his recruitment process.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 15 - 5:31 PM

Pro Football Focus' Jordan Plocher believes Akron OLB Jatavis Brown should have received a combine invite.

"Jatavis Brown was one of our highest-graded linebackers this season, but if you take a look at his size it is easy to see why he was passed over," Plocher wrote. "He is listed at 5-11 and 223 pounds, which is both short and light for a NFL linebacker. However, Brown’s play shows his true potential at the next level. Brown was a blur on film, flying around and making plays in different phases of the game. He played well all season and graded positively as a pass rusher, run defender and in coverage. Brown will have to hope that his performance during the season — as well as his outstanding performance during the NFLPA Bowl week — will be enough to convince a team of using a draft pick." Brown logged 116 tackles, 19.5 TFL, 11.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception last year. An AFC North scout said in October that he thinks Brown might be an NFL safety due to his size.
Feb 15 - 1:21 PM

Akron OLB Jatavis Brown was surprisingly not invited to the NFL Combine.

Brown's limitations are obvious, but analysts think his strengths are just as obvious. "Is he undersized at 5-feet-11 and 225 pounds? Yes," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. "But Brown can fly. He plays with the pursuit speed and closing burst that belongs on a NFL field. His tweener size might keep him from starting at the next level, but at worst, he looks like a possible special teams demon." Last month, ESPN's Kevin Weidl called Brown "one of my favorite sleepers in this class." The 5-foot-11, 218-pounder posted 116 tackles, 19.5 TFL, 11.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception last year. An AFC North scout said in October that he thinks Brown might be an NFL safety due to his size. Unfortunately, the NFL didn't give him a chance to audition for the possibility in Indy.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 14 - 1:28 PM

Ohio State graduate RB Warren Ball transferred to Akron.

Terry Bowden‘s Zips pick up a former four-star recruit who had a tough time cracking into the Buckeye backfield rotation behind some guy named Ezekiel Elliott. Ball was the No. 16 running back in the country coming out of high school and the No. 193 player overall by Rivals. He rushed for 189 yards on 41 carries over the past three seasons.
Feb 12 - 5:28 PM

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

Former Michigan T Logan Tuley-Tillman transferred to Washington State.

Tuley-Tillman was dismissed from Michigan in September after he was charged with three felonies in relation to filming a sex act with an unknowing woman. To be clear, those charges remain. The 6-foot-7, 309-pound graduate was only allowed to leave the state of Michigan with a GPS tracker. A pretrial hearing's scheduled for February 8. Should his legal issues resolve before the start of the season, he'll be eligible to play immediately as a grad transfer.
Jan 17 - 2:09 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


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