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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
Nov 20 - 6:46 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.
Nov 16 - 3:09 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.
Nov 16 - 2:47 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).
Nov 14 - 6:56 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.
Nov 14 - 6:42 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.
Nov 13 - 8:57 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."
Nov 10 - 2:11 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.
Nov 10 - 12:05 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.
Nov 8 - 12:40 PM

Akron redshirt freshman QB Kato Nelson will start in place of suspended redshirt senior Thomas Woodson against Miami (OH) on Tuesday.

Woodson has been suspended for Tuesday's contest due to a violation of team rules, allowing Nelson the starting assignment. In limited action this season, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound redshirt freshman has completed 6-of-11 passes for 123 yards and an interception while rushing for 89 yards on 19 attempts. He was a three-star recruit in the 2016 class.
Nov 7 - 7:20 PM

Akron redshirt senior QB Thomas Woodson has been suspended for Tuesday's game against Miami (OH) due to a violation of team rules.

This one comes across the wire half-an-hour before the kickoff for Tuesday's contest. The exact reason for Woodson's suspension has yet to come to light. With the 6-foot-1, 240-pounder forced to sit out against the Redhawks, redshirt freshman Kato Nelson will start for the Zips.
Nov 7 - 7:06 PM

Akron redshirt senior QB Thomas Woodson completed 21-of-29 passes for 286 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 21-20 win over Buffalo.

Nice overall game, particularly late. It was Woodson's third touchdown pass of the afternoon -- a beautiful 36-yard throw to a tightly-covered Kevin Gladney -- with just under five minutes remaining which provided the final narrow margin of victory for the Zips. Woodson has now thrown touchdown passes in eight of nine games. Saturday's showing was his first of the three-score variety.
Oct 28 - 3:34 PM

Akron redshirt senior QB Thomas Woodson completed 17-of-30 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-3 route of Ball State on Saturday.

Woodson opened the scoring with a 24-yard strike to give the Zips a 7-0 lead, and his second touchdown -- also from 24 yards -- made it 24-3 Akron and put the game away. He's never going to be the most accurate thrower of the football, but his strong arm allows him to make enough plays to keep Akron in ball games. Woodson and the Zips get Western Michigan next.
Oct 7 - 6:41 PM

Akron HC Terry Bowden indicated that redshirt freshman QB Kato Nelson will continue to see the field in designed packages.

Nelson ran four times for 27 yards Saturday against Bowling Green. "We had some running plays for him. Although he is a quarterback, it has that wildcat feel to it," HC Terry Bowden said, "where you get a good running back or a good runner at quarterback and he’s a good runner." Nelson poses no threat to starter Thomas Woodson, though he'd assume the starter role if Woodson went down with an injury. Short of that, he'll continue to be a change-of-pace running option.
Oct 4 - 3:52 PM

Akron intends to use a running back by committee to replace injured starter Warren Ball.

That likely means that junior Van Edwards (139 yards, 3.9 yards per attempt) and Manny Morgan (75 yards, 4.1 YPA) will divvy carries, with those two possibly spelled by freshman Deltron Sands (41 yards, 4.6 YPA). "With Warren, we decided if we could give him the ball 35 times we were going to give it to him 35 times," HC Terry Bowden said. "Those other guys could be leg savers for a while and give us a little change up of style." We'd anticipate Edwards getting the majority of touches early, as he was listed as Ball's top backup (with Morgan No. 3). "They’re both very good runners in their own way," Bowden said, "and I think they will share a little bit more."
Oct 4 - 2:38 PM


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