What you need to know ...
There could stand to be a bit more balance after being
mainly a passing attack, and there needs to be more overall
production after averaging 23.6 points and 384 yards per game.
The offense wasn't wasn't consistent last year and will have
problems getting the same performance two weeks in a row losing
RB Brett Biggs and top receivers Dominek Hixon and Jason
Montgomery. The cupboard is hardly bare with eight returning
starters including the entire offensive line and likely All-MAC
QB Luke Getsy.
Passing: Luke Getsy
278-525, 3,455 yds, 23 TD, 12 INT
Rushing: Dennis Kennedy
45 carries, 131 yds, 1 TD
Receiving: Jabari Arthur
30 catches, 482 yds, 3 TD
Star of the offense: Senior QB Luke Getsy
Player that has to step up and become a star: Sophomore
RB Dennis Kennedy
Unsung star on the rise: Sophomore TE Merce Poindexter
Best pro prospect: Senior OG Andy Alleman
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Getsy, 2) Alleman, 3)
OT Tim Crouch
Strength of the offense: Offensive line
Weakness of the offense: Wide receiver
Luke Getsy should be among the nation's most productive
passing quarterbacks even though he's losing top targets Domenik
Hixon and Jason Montgomery. He got better as last year went on
helping to carry the team to the MAC title. While he won't run
for big yards, he's not a statue. It'll be important to quickly
develop a number two man with Carlton Jackson and Chris
Jacquemain each offering far more athleticism.
The key to the unit: Luke Getsy has to be even
sharper, up his completion percentage, and be a better decision
maker. The backups need playing time to get their feet wet for
Quarterback Rating: 7
- Luke Getsy, Sr. - 278-525, 53%, 3,455 yds, 23 TD, 12
INT, 1 rushing TD
The former Pittsburgh transfer took over the starting job and
turned into a solid leader on the way to the MAC title. He's a
good-sized passer with good mobility, but he's not a runner, who
makes things happen when under pressure. He saved his best games
for last bombing Northern Illinois for 413 yards and Memphis for
455 yards and four touchdowns generating plenty of excitement
coming into this year. Without his top two wide receiver to work
with, he'll have to be even better and make everyone around him
- Carlton Jackson, RFr.
A dual-threat quarterback who's a better pass than a runner,
Jackson will battle all year for the number two job offering a
better running threat to the mix. The left-hander should be even
better once he bulks up a little more.
- Chris Jacquemain, RFr.
He has good speed and a live arm seeing time as a receiver as
well as quarterback in high school. He turned into a strong
all-around quarterback rushing for 714 yards and throwing for
1,715 yards in his senior season and now will push for time at
the number two job.
Expect a major dip in production after losing all-star
Brett Biggs and his 1,230 yards and ten touchdowns. Dennis
Kennedy and Alex Allen are fast backs who should crank out a few
more long runs than Biggs was able to. Both of them can catch.
Frank Berchie isn't as fast as the other two, but he should be a
grinding back who can be an effective number two man. The
fullback situation is bright with Joe McDaniel and Joe Tuzze two
excellent young prospects.
The key to the unit: The three tailback options have
to combine for around 1,200 yards and each has to be an
Running Back Rating: 5
- Dennis Kennedy, Soph. - 45 carries, 131 yds, 2.9 ypc, 1
TD, 14 catches, 158 yds, 1 TD
Kennedy was one of the stars of the 2005 spring season and
turned into the team's number two rusher behind Brett Biggs. He
has decent power and great hands as a receiver, but his has to
be a more effective runner after averaging only 2.9 yards per
carry. He's a speedy back with the potential to break off
several more big runs than Biggs did.
- Fullback Joe McDaniel, Soph. - 15 carries, 25 yds, 1.6
ypc, 4 catches, 24 yds
McDaniel isn't huge at 220 pounds, but he's a tough, physical
blocker and will be used as a power runner behind Dennis
Kennedy. He saw enough work last season to be expected to shine
from day one.
- Alex Allen, Soph. - 2 carries, -2 yards
Allen is a speed runner who goes between the tackles. He'll
mostly be a slashing option behind Dennis Kennedy and will be a
key special teamer.
- Frank Berchie, Jr. - 4 carries, 18 yds
A special teamer so far, the 5-9, 204-pound junior will combine
with Alex Allen for the number two job. He's a power runner who
should be effective enough to warrant 7-10 carries a game.
- Fullback Joe Tuzze, RFr.
Tuzze might be too good to keep out of the starting mix. He's a
little bit bigger than Joe McDaniel and should be a top power
back once he gets his feet wet. The 25-pounder ran for 3,537
yards and 67 touchdowns in high school and is a physical
It'll be next to impossible to replace the
123 catches, 1,912 yards and 15 touchdowns that Domenik Hixon
and Jason Montgomery provided, but former quarterback Jabari
Arthur is a good player to start with. The big problem will be
filling the number two slot with almost no experience between
Brandon Williams, Jermaine Lindsey and Johnny Long. Stephon
Fuqua has the best wheels in the group and has to become a
factor early on. The tight end situation is far better with Kris
Kasparek and Merce Pointdexter providing a dangerous 1-2
The key to the unit: Jabari Arthur has to grow into
the number one receiver role and at least two other receivers
have to become dependable targets.
Receiver Rating: 5.5
- Jabari Arthur, Jr. - 30 catches, 482 yds, 16.1 ypc, 3 TD
The projected starting quarterback early last spring became a
key wideout tying for the team lead in yards per catch. He's a
huge target at 6-4 and 224 pounds with excellent speed and
athleticism. He was decent throughout last season and then blew
up in the Motor City Bowl catching eight passes for 180 yards
and two touchdowns. He has to do what Domenik Hixon did and
become the team's top target.
- Brandon Williams, Soph.
Williams might be the key to the passing game needing to grow
into a number two receiver to take the pressure off Jabari
Arthur. Mostly a special teamer so far, the thin sophomore has
to be tough across the middle and needs to show he can be a
consistent route runner.
- Tight end Kris Kasparek, Jr. - 27 catches, 312 yds,
Potentially a top target in the system, the 6-6, 260-pound
junior has 18 career starts and started to grow into a big-time
receiver by the end of last season. He's a big blocker who has
grown into an excellent route runner.
- Jermaine Lindsey, RFr.
If Brandon Williams is a starter, than Jermaine Lindsey is
starter 1A. He's a too-thin 6-1 and 165 pounds needing to put on
about 15 pounds of muscle to be more physical, but he has the
look of a potential big-play threat.
- Johnny Long, Jr. - 15 catches, 156 yds, 10.4 ypc
Long should be the other receiver in three-wide sets while
pushing for one of the starting spots on the other side of
Jabari Arthur. He's a great athlete with enough experience to
grow into a reliable weapon.
- Stephon Fuqua, Soph.
Fast, fast, fast. The 6-1, 200-pound sophomore will likely start
out being used on special teams, but he has way too much speed
to not become a deep threat. He's more of a track star playing
football at this point, but he has plenty of potential.
- Tight end Merce Poindexter, Soph. - 4 catches, 19 yds,
While not as big as starter Kris Kasparek, he's a better, faster
athlete and should be a deadly receiver as the season goes on.
He's fast enough to potentially be used as a 243-pound wide
The line might be the team's strength with all five starters
returning after allowing just 21 sacks in 13 games. Akron might have
finished 11th in the MAC in rushing, but that wasn't the line's fault,
Brett Biggs ran for over 1,000 yards and this was mostly a passing team.
There's good depth and a few near-certain all-stars in guard Andy
Allerman and tackle Tim Crouch. It's a big group that should be even
The key to the unit: Keep on improving. The
experience is there, the depth is in place, so now the line has to go to
another level and be the MAC's best.
Offensive Line Rating: 6.5
- OT Tim Crouch, Sr.
Crouch has been a rock of a starter over 33 games and should be in the
mix for All-MAC honors. He's a big, consistent blocker who has become
tremendous in pass protection while also staying as the key run blocker
on the left side.
- OG Mike Donaldson, Sr.
The 295-pound senior overcome a broken foot to become a steady starter
at left guard. He's a reliable veteran who should be an even better run
- C Andy Wills, Sr.
The former defensive lineman has been one of the anchors up front as the
only lineman to start every game last season. He's a physical blocker
who could move to guard if needed.
- OG Andy Allerman, Sr.
Watch for Allerman to grow into a first day NFL prospect as the season
goes on. He's 6-4 and 295 pounds with surprising quickness and freakish
strength. The former Pitt Panther brings a defensive lineman mentality
to the offense.
- OT Chris Kemme, Soph.
Kemme grew into the starting role on the right side in his true freshman
season and finished as one of the line's most reliable starters. He's a
big blocker at 6-6 and 290 pounds with good technique.
- T Mike Schepp, Jr.
One of the team's most versatile linemen, the 303-pound junior can play
either guard or tackle spot starting off this year playing behind Tim
Crouch at left tackle. He saw starting time all over the place last year
and will be the first fill-in wherever needed.
- G Garrett Brewster, Soph.
The 315-pound sophomore is one of the biggest players on the line
and is just now playing up to his size. He saw time in two games last
season and will play a bigger role on the left side behind Mike
- C Jim Holley, Jr.
A scout teamer so far, the 301-pound junior will play more in the
rotation starting out behind Andy Willis in the middle.