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College Football Preview: Howard vs Akron

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akronAKRON, Ohio – The Howard Bison finished 2013 6-6, winners of their last three games including a 42-39 win at Hampton, will start on the road at the Akron Zips who finished 2013 at 5-7 but won four of their last five closing out with a 31-29 win over Toledo.

Senior quarterback Greg McGhee is a dual threat having rushed for nearly 900 yards and passed for over 2,300 in 2013 and is the key element of the Bison offense. Anthony Philyaw is the lead running back with more than 700 yards rushing in 2013.

Howard’s defense is led by Senior safety Cameron Alston who led the team with 80.5 tackles and three interceptions last season while junior defensive end Damon Gresham-Chisolm led with 10.5 tackles for loss.

The Zips will look very similar on offense as well, led by quarterback Kyle Pohl who threw for 2,400 yards last season and running back Jawon Chisholm who rushed for 869 yards and also had 27 receptions for another 211 yards.

Akron’s defense returns a pair of big tacklers at linebacker with junior Jatavis Brown who had 107 tackles with 6.5 for loss and senior Justin March who had 80 tackles with 4.5 for loss. The line and secondary lost a lot of experience and leadership from 2013.

Keys for Howard Win

The Bison must keep control of the pace of the ball game by keeping a 60/40 run/pass offense behind McGhee and Philyaw. Alston must make his presence felt in the defensive secondary and force turnovers.

Keys For Akron Win

The Zips will need Pohl to keep the offense in balance behind a solid running attack led by Chisholm and Conor Hundley. Akron’s inexperience on defense must stand up to the dual threat quarterback McGhee.

Key Injuries :

None

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Latest Line, N/A

Conclusion:

This game could be close throughout as Akron’s defensive inexperience allows extra opportunities to the Bison. Expect these teams to play out a one possession game that may be decided late.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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