Akron Zips: The Addition Of Austin Wolf Will Only Help In MAC Conference Play
The Akron Zips have had a rough go of things this season. With losses to Penn State, Iowa State, and Troy, the team now finds themselves with a record of 1-3. Things aren’t over yet for the Zips, as they start Conference play this Saturday against Bowling Green, anything can happen. And with lead WR, Austin Wolf, back in action, Akron might be a favorite in the MAC.
To say the Zips have been left for dead isn’t a fair statement. Yes, losses against Iowa State and Penn State hurt the team, but those were games nobody expected them to win anyway. It also stands to reason that WR Austin Wolf hasn’t played in those games. Sure, the Zips lost to Troy with him in the starting lineup, but he’s going to be a spark for the Akron offense.
Wolf secured 6 targets for 71 yards against Troy. He’s guaranteed his spot as the team’s go-to WR. This really gives Akron a dangerous combination of WR’s. Tra’Von Chapman has 20 receptions on the season and Kwadarrius Smith is second with 13 and 2 TD’s.
Bowling Green allows 305 passing yards per game. They’ve also given up 8 TD’s through the air as well. Wolf and the Zips receiving group should be able to carve up the Falcons defense. It should be a good game for the Zips to get back on track.
As Akron’s first Conference game of the season, it’s imperative they take care of business against BG. Already 1-3, the Zips can’t afford to lose a conference game and fall to 0-1 in MAC play. If Akron is able to defeat Bowling Green, it’s a confidence boost going into the remainder of the season.
It’s going to be a really tough journey to a Bowl game if the WR group can’t produce. RB, Warren Ball, who is the heart of the Zips offense, hasn’t been the star Akron thought he would. Thomas Woodson needs to find his WR’s more often. The addition of Wolf is only going to help the Zips struggling offense.
Truthfully, Akron has the skill position players to beat anyone in the MAC. It’s just a matter of can they put it all together to go on a winning streak in the Conference. We’ll see what the Zips do as the season progresses, but a 1-3 start isn’t the end of the world. It’s entirely plausible the Akron Zips find its rhythm and success with Wolf back in the lineup.[DanielTwitter]