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    Dr. Z and I were able to take-in our first practice since the beginning of summer camp today. It was difficult to make any profound observations, as the day was split into roughly 80 % drills, and 20% scrimmage situations. Nate Stewart was the star of the day. One-handed catches, sideline catches while heavily covered, TD's...he did it all. Coach Arth singled him out after the practice as and example of a player who competed on every play with maximum effort. He stated "Nate hasn't taken off a play, he hasn't asked to get a breather, he hasn't done anything but work hard the entire camp." Look for a huge year from Nate in 2019. It is interesting to see six quarterbacks practicing. Kato is the obvious #1. Robbie Kelly looks to be the #2. But the kid getting the next highest amount of reps was true freshman Zach Gibson. He made some nice throws, and acquitted himself well today. Some bizarre jersey numbers today, as Zach Gibson wore #50, RB Michiah Burton wore #59, RB Peter Hayes-Patrick wore # 67 and QB Nick Demchuk work #55. On the injury front - Hayes Patrick looks to have hurt his finger shortly after making a nice, 15 yard scrimmage run. Maverick Wolfley's day was over after he hurt his elbow on a crossing route. Julian Hicks was on the sideline wearing a tank top, with an ice pack on his shoulder. Deltron Sands and Keyondre White wore red shirts, and were relegated to drills on the sidelines. One player who seemed to take advantage of Jonah Morris and Julian Hicks' absence was Dustin Burkhart. He pulled in a nice 40-yard TD catch from Kato while being covered fairly well. Has a TD in a short yardage slant over the middle, and made multiple other nice plays over the course of the day. The Zips will be anything but predictable when inside the opponent's 5 yard line this season. The offense showed multiple looks, with slants to both sides, QB keepers, flea-flickers...this ain't the old "hand it four times to Cody Grice up the middle" Zips. On a several occasions the InfoCision speakers would blare rock music to simulate crown noise. We saw Nick Johns split out as a WR a few times. Former OL's John Neeley and Eric Bentley round out what Coach Arth feels is a solid 9-man rotation on the defensive line. Much better than the 5 DL's we had in the spring. At the end of practice Arth stated the defense won yesterdays practice, and the offense won today. So tomorrow is the rubber match. Boogie, Dre and Alvin rotated returning kick-offs. Each one of those guys can take it the distance. Per Coach Arth, Dre Williams is rounding into form after missing the spring with an injury. Landon Forman was also singled out as someone who missed the spring with an injury, but who's having a solid summer. Lots of parents in the stands, as this is Parents Weekend. They had a seemingly well-attended tailgate prior to the practice in Lot 9. More to come later. I know Dr. Z got some nice photos. Arth spoke to us after the practice. I'll transcribe it tomorrow.
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    I wasn't sure where to put this, so feel free to move this where it's appropriate if necessary, admins. 2019 Varsity "A" Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Announced Andy Alleman Keith Dambrot Randy Ecrement James "Dru" Joyce Cadeau Kelley Stevi Large Gruber Latrese Taylor Sanders Romeo Travis They will be honored at the Homecoming Football Game against Can't State on Oct. 12th.
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    I'll add a few notes. • The sophomore running back Brandon Lee is fun to watch. I'm guessing he is hard for the defense to find behind the line at 5'6. He seems to go hard at every drill. • Easy to forget, because fans are used to it, but Alvin Davis was noticeable during live action having at least one interception. Jalen Hooks also had a nice pick. • One of the most unique drills of the day had coach Arth with boxing gloves trying to punch out the ball from receivers and running backs. Another coach had a baseball bat with a head cover taped to it doing the same. • After practice Josh Ward told me that this team is really coming together, he said the team is night and day from where they were in the spring. • I was told by a senior lineman that the run game has many more plays in it this year, and he thinks fans will notice. Kato has the ability to call audibles at the line, and has said to be doing a nice job of it. The lineman also commented that fans will notice the offense huddling up this year. • John Lako dropped deep in zone coverage to tip a well thrown pass by Kato. • In a very limited viewing of Peter Hayes-Patrick, he grabbed my attention. He looked to have moves, power, and an attitude with the football in his hands. • I'll second CK's comments on Nate, he looked like a legit number one out there. • Michiah Burton (pronounced ma-KAI-ah) was involved in the run game, he was also pointed out by an upperclassman as one of the freshman that stood out to him.
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    one of the 4 co-captains is mentioned in this article https://www.ncaa.com/news/soccer-men/article/2019-08-15/11-ncaa-mens-soccer-players-watch-preseason-top-25
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    Hoping the new president has some game. Wilson shooting against the students was one of the few entertaining game breaks in recent years.
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    Mikal Dawson is not listed. And we are still one scholarship player over the limit. 🤔
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    Yeah, but then the stinking defense gave it all away in stoppage time....no fault of the Skipper, however. Nor the manager. They are just not a good time right now. I fear for Caleb's job, but hope the new ownership and Bezbo being there will buy him another year. But, I mean, I threw a tuna fish sandwich at the TV again last night when Jozie scored....gotta stop that...
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    GoZips.com Men's Basketball roster has been updated
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    Thank you guys. You don't know how much this appreciated by those of us who can't get to practices and scrimmages. Well done! 👍
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    Post-practice with Tom Arth – August 17, 2019 What were you expecting to get out of today’s practice...what were the practice-specific goals, and did you see it on the field? “I guess in some instances we did. Every day our goals are very similar. We want to come out and give the very best effort we can. We want to compete at a high level throughout the duration of the practice. For the most part I think we did that. I challenged the team today. I kind of questioned whether or not every single player we have in our program gave everything they had throughout the duration of the practice. There were some inconsistencies, and that’s an area we’re really trying to focus on. We need to become a more consistent group. Over the past couple weeks, we’ve had some really good days...we have some days when the offense has a great day and the defense struggles...and then the defense has a great day and the offense struggles. So we really just need to find that consistency. That’s what we need throughout the remainder of camp, working up to the start of the season.” At what point does the switch flip from getting better...defining your 2-deep roster...learning plays...to focusing on preparation for Illinois? “I don’t think you ever stop trying to get better. At some point here, probably next week, we won’t necessarily start to focus on Illinois, but we’ll start learning how to go through a game plan. Learning how to go through an in-season practice week. Developing our scout teams, making sure the scout team players understand the type of effort we’re looking for...the type of looks they have to give...and viceversa. The first and second units have to go hard in order to give the scout team the freedom to go hard. If the one’s and two’s aren’t giving everything they have, the scouts are going to be a little bit slower. So next week we’re going to start building in some of those periods. We’ll start training and developing the scout teams and really getting ready for everything necessary for the start of the season. Where do you feel the team is today, as opposed to where you’d hoped you’d be at the start of the camp? “I’m happy with where we’re at. I think we’ve made a lot of improvement. Who we were in the spring is very different that who we are today, and that’s a real credit to our players...their hard work and commitment to our program. We’re playing at a much higher level right now than at any point in the spring. That’s what you look for is that constant improvement. At the same time, you’re never satisfied. You’re always pushing them and challenging them to get better and to improve. I think the biggest positive out of camp has been our attitude, and the effort we’ve given. We’ve come out just about every single day put forth great effort in our practices. Now we need to continue putting forth that same effort, but also execute consistently.” Obviously Nate Stewart was a rock star today. Can you give me the names of a few players that have caught your eye...guys that maybe you only have seen on tape, or in limited reps in the spring, who are shining in camp? “Nate had a great day today, has had a great camp thus far too. Andre Williams has been really exciting to see. We didn’t get a chance to see him at all during the spring time. This being the first week and a half of camp, this is his first time practicing in a long time. And the first time playing in our offense. It’s taken him a little while to hit his stride, and in these last few practices we’ve really seen what he can bring to our offense. And that’s been really positive. Landon Forman is an offensive lineman that was out all spring. But what he’s shown us over the past couple weeks has been really exciting.” Considering there are so many new faces on defense, how do you feel things are coming along on that side of the ball? “We certainly feel a lot better (than in the spring). We have a lot of depth on our defensive line. That was a position where we might have had five guys in the spring time, and ideally, we’d like to have a nine-man rotation. I think we have nine guys right now that we feel confident can go out there and make plays for us.” I feel really confident in our defensive backfield. The freshman that have come in have added a lot of really good depth. It’s exciting that we have some young guys that are pushing for starting positions in the secondary.” MU 8-17-19 Here is link to the coach Arth interview.
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    ABJ: University of Akron football staff looking to add versatility on defensive line for Zips
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    They should have someone package the audio from Zips related radio broadcasts and GoZips/youtube videos into podcasts. That would be a good internship project for a student.
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    A native of Melbourne, Australia, Chick, a defender, is a member of the Australian U-18 National Team that will compete at the AAF U-18 Championships this month in Vietnam, before reporting to the Zips. He has garnered valuable playing experience with Melbourne City FC, Melbourne Victory and his state's U-15 team. The U-18 Socceroos (love that name) are 4-1 coming out of the group stage and could play through August 19th if they play for the Championship. The one loss --- Malaysia inflicted a 3-0 defeat on Australia in their penultimate group match to rise to the top of Group B in the AFF U18 Championship 2019 on Tuesday. (https://www.foxsportsasia.com/football/asian-football/1156960/aff-u18-championship-2019-defending-champs-malaysia-hammer-australia-3-0-hosts-vietnam-fail-to-capitalise/)
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    The recruiting class has been announced Welcome to all of the new soccer zips
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    He's 65. Probably his last job. Much better climate than Green Bay. I don't think he will be looking for his next gig. I like the private selection process. I'm sure everyone involved signed confidentiality agreements. The open process brings in too much distracting criticism from the outside. Kudos to the Board.
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    ...The squad welcomed 15 newcomers to the fold as the Zips went through a 90-minute training session on the Shrank Practice Field. Akron is set to return seven starters in 2019, including 2018 All-Mid-American Conference performers, senior Skye Harter (Copley, Ohio), junior David Egbo (Enugu, Nigeria) and sophomores Carlo Ritaccio (Westbury, N.Y.) and Sam Tojaga (Erie, Pa.) from a squad that captured the MAC Tournament title en route to advancing to title match of the College Cup for the fourth time in program history on the strength of an overall record of 15-7-2. ... ...Four of the Zips' 2019 opponents are rated in the preseason top-25 led by No. 1 Maryland (Sept. 13), No. 5 Stanford (Sept. 2), No. 7 Michigan State (Oct. 15) and No. 23 West Virginia (Nov. 7). Akron will welcome Stanford and Michigan State to FirstEnergy Stadium on Sept. 2 and Oct. 15, respectively, while encountering road tilts at No. 1 Maryland (Sept. 13) and No. 23 West Virginia (Nov. 7). Additionally, the Zips will play at Creighton, who is receiving votes in the preseason poll, on Sept. 6, while hosting No. 24 Michigan in an exhibition tilt on Aug. 23....
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    Video of introductory press conference. ABJ: University of Akron names Gary L. Miller president UW-Green Bay thanks outgoing Chancellor Gary Miller for accomplishments during tenure From the video, I like Dr. Miller's mannerisms, and those of his wife. Both he and she seem competent and knowledgeable while also seeming extremely friendly. I like the guy already. I like that he says he wants to make UA a "destination campus." It really should be.
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    From Warren's LinkedIn page. Note: Warren has a masters in sports studies from UA.
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    Texans impressed with rookie linebacker Jamal Davis
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    You'll Never Walk Alone!
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    You're welcome and thank you. It is pure pleasure for me to support this team. I wish I could do more for the program. I love getting to know all our players and wish the best for them in soccer, the classroom, and wherever life takes them. By the way, we know Michael Nanchoff is back as an assistant. I think Zips fans will be pleased when they see another former Zip helping out this Fall.
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    Top 25 MAC Players of 2019: #14 John Lako, MLB, Akron
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    Here's what we learned from Illinois football training camp
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    Sorry, but I cannot seem to get rid of two screenshots. Austmann Nets Game-Winner in 1-0 Exhibition Victory Over Evansville. https://gozips.com/news/2019/8/18/mens-soccer-austmann-nets-game-winner-in-1-0-exhibition-victory-over-evansville.aspx?path=msoc
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    UGIII got in the game in the first quarter against KC, and got to play with a few starters. Didn't miss a beat. He had four solo tackles and was very active around the ball. Split out wide once in coverage. I only got to see the first half, they switched the game to the Dallas game at half. I'll have to catch a replay this week.
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    https://www.uakron.edu/president-elect/news https://www.cleveland.com/education/2019/08/university-of-akron-selects-gary-miller-as-new-president.html
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    That's hard to believe given the participation of thousands of Akron fans right here at Zipsnation!
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    ABJ: Finding a running game high on list of priorities for Zips 1. Bad news? Good news?: "After Tuesday's late afternoon practice, Arth said there was no leader in the clubhouse for the starting (RB) job..." 2. I love the cohesiveness the guys obviously have as a unit. 3. No mention of Peter Hayes-Patrick or Keyondre White in the article. 4. The bottom of the article states Jonah Morris did indeed have season-ending surgery and that Julian Hicks got nicked up yesterday. Perhaps a shoulder sprain.
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    https://www.bgn.fm/akrons-egbo-is-determined-to-carry-on-the-legacy-of-his-school-and-family/
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    CSU has become such a non-factor in the life of the Zips that I can't muster much emotion for them one way or another. Now if they get good, get on our regular schedule and/or start getting players the Zips want, that may change. I hope Dru does well but not to the Zips detriment. If he does well, he won't be there long.
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    Back Row (L to R): 16 Henrique Cruz, 11 Will Jackson, 19 Nicolas Alt, 2 Pol Hernandez, 8 Colin Biros, 18 Ivan Nikolic, 3 Carlo Ritaccio (C), 27 Declan Watters, 7 Diogo Pacheco, 4 Marco Milanese, 6 Sammy Tojaga, 26 Jaden Wright, 20 Jonathan Boothe, 22 Marko Gasparac, (28) Kai Wagner Front Row (L to R): 15 Johnny Fitzgerald, 13 Joey Paulus, 25 Daniel Strachan (C), 21 Chris Lue Young, 5 Lenny Sohn, 24 Cam Victor, 34 Joe Bowles, 1 Tor Saunders, 31 Ricky Ceballos, 30 Grant Abbott, 9 David Egbo (C), 10 Skye Harter (C), 32 Peter Zecca, 12 Tom Smart, 23 Mani Austmann Not pictured: Bradley Chick, Natnael McDonald, Federico Serra
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    The Zips have not officially announced the new additions to the 2019 roster However, with this tweet....it is fair game.... I would like to welcome Tom Smart to the soccer zips. New Mexico eliminated their soccer program after last year's play. Tom Smart was their starting left back last year and was on the league all conference teams more than once in his 3 years at New Mexico. Zips Nation is glad to have you in Akron....Mr. Smart
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    you are of course....Correct, I am so used to Stanford being in the final four.....I forgot that the zips defeated them in the elite 8
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    this article made me realize that Akron plays the other 3 final four teams this year in the regular season 2 akron games make this list.... they should have expanded the list to 8....and included Akron hosting Stanford.... tremendous credit to Jared Embick for putting together a great schedule https://www.ncaa.com/news/soccer-men/article/2019-07-31/7-must-watch-mens-college-soccer-games-2019
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    And let the church say “Kent still sucks”.
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    True story about the Marshall-Akron relationship: The day after the MU team was killed in the plane crash in November 1970, Akron AD Gordon Larson called Ohio University AD Bill Rohr to suggest that the Zips fill the sudden opening in Ohio's schedule the following Saturday. Akron President Dominic Guzzetta told an Akron Beacon Journal reporter that the game would serve two purposes: 1.) honor the loss of the Marshall team and 2.) demonstrate the Zips' ability to compete with MAC programs. Ohio and the MAC presidents immediately rejected the idea as being in horrifically poor taste. Some longtime league officials claimed it caused the MAC to ignore Akron as a potential league member for many years.
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    Hi Captain, Put together a visitors guide a few years ago and have made some updates. This is a link to the hospitality group and tripadviser etc. Will be in lot 11 and a friend will have a WHITE UMass flag up. Stop by and visit, but be early as we'll leave for the Commonwealth Club* a bit early. *Need to update the map with the stadium improvements as the Commonwealth Club has been moved to the new plaza at the south end of the stadium. https://csnbbs.com/thread-818378.html
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