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After not getting a deserved bowl bid in 2003 or 2004,
the Zips took matters into their own hands and got an extra game by
winning the MAC championship on a thrilling last minute pass to
It was a strange season with unforgivable losses to Army and Ball
State mixed in with a home loss to Central Michigan and a blowout at
the hands of Miami University. But when the Zips needed a win, it
got one beating Northern Illinois twice and catching East rival
Bowling Green without Omar Jacobs.
Now J.D. Brookhart's crew wants to do even more, and it has the
talent to do it with 16 returning starters led by what should be one
of the MAC's best defenses. To get back to the championship game and
earn another bowl bid, the Zips have to be far more consistent and
get steadier play out of both sides of the ball.
Head coach: J.D. Brookhart
3rd year: 13-11
Off. 16, Def. 22, ST 1
Lettermen Lost: 12
Best Zip Players
1. QB Luke Getsy, Sr.
2. DE Jermaine Reid, Sr.
3. NG Kiki Gonzalez, Sr.
4. LB Kevin Grant, Soph.
5. OG Andy Alleman, Sr.
6. OT Tim Crouch, Sr.
7. LB Brion Stokes, Jr.
8. SS Chevin Pace, Jr.
9. TE Kris Kasparek, Jr.
10. S John Mackey, Jr.
at Penn State
at NC State
at Central Michigan
at Kent State
2005 Record: 7-6
2005 predicted wins
No Illinois W 48-42 OT
at Buffalo W 13-7
at Miami Univ. L 51-23
at Bowling Green W 24-14
at Ball State
Kent State W 35-3
No. Illinois W 31-30
Motor City Bowl
Memphis L 38-31
won't be a problem for a defense with legitimate contenders for
first-team All-MAC honors in guard Kiki Gonzalez, end Jermaine Reid,
linebackers Kevin Grant and Brion Stokes not to mention four returning
starters to a secondary that helped the Zips finish 16th in the nation
in pass defense.
Considering where the defense was a few seasons ago, to even be
considered among the best in the MAC shows how quickly Brookhart and his
staff have turned things around.
The offense could
be another story, at least early on, needing to replace the top
receivers along with 1,000-yard back Brett Biggs. However, quarterback
Luke Getsy should be able to build on a great end to 2005 and be one of
the MAC's best passers, while all five starters return to what should be
a top offensive line.
If all things come together and the Zips get the play needed from all of
their veterans, they're not going to need a miracle last second pass to
win their second straight championship.
It's a nightmare early with five road games in the first six and six
road games in the first eight needing to survive non-conference games
against Penn State and NC State before the MAC opener at Central
Michigan. On the plus side, the big East games against Miami and Bowling
Green are at home and three of the final four games are in the Rubber
Bowl. The games against the West aren't all that bad missing Northern
Illinois but playing Toledo on the road.
Senior QB Luke Getsy. He turned into a better passer as last season went
on throwing for 868 yards over the final two games and finishing with
3,455 yards and 23 scores. He'll have to be even better this year with
so much turnover in the receiving corps and in the backfield.
Defensive Player: Senior DE Jermaine Reid and NG Kiki Gonzalez. The
line wasn't always a rock against the run last season, but these two
should be stronger with Gonzalez the MAC's best anchor and the 275-pound
Reid a fearsome pass rusher.
to a successful season: Sophomore RB Dennis Kennedy. The Zips not
only have to replace Brett Biggs' 1,230 rushing yards and ten
touchdowns, they have to replace his 65 catches for 535 yards and four
scores. The 209-pound Kennedy and fellow sophomore Alex Allen will bring
a bit more speed.
will be a success if ... Akron wins the MAC title. How do you shoot for anything less
after winning it all last year? Even with seven road games a ten-win
season is very possible as long as there's a second championship and a
Nov. 4 vs. Bowling Green.
The East showdown with Miami will also be important, but beating the
Falcons should be a must to have any hopes of getting back to the MAC
title game. After games against the RedHawks and Toledo, Akron might be
able to all but clinch a spot in the championship if everything goes
- Second quarter scoring: Opponents 100 - Akron 54
- QB Luke Getsy vs. Northern Illinois (2 games): 50-89, 819 yards, six
touchdowns, one interception
- Fourth down conversions: Akron 11 of 27 (41%) - Opponents 2 of 9 (22%)
The Last Time
…played in a bowl game…2005 (Motor City Bowl vs. Memphis)
…missed a bowl game…2004
…pitched a shutout…1992 (Ohio)
…was shutout…2005 (Army)
…scored 50 points…2003 (Howard)
…won a conference title…2005 (MAC)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…2005 (Luke Getsy)
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…2005 (Brett Biggs)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2005 (Domenik Hixon)
…had a first-round draft choice…never