COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 3: John Simon #54 of the Ohio State Buckeyes jumps up and blocks a pass by Clayton Moore #8 of the Akron Zips on September 3, 2011 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
Terry Bowden doing his best to energize Akron football program.
The University of Akron football program takes another step in their new era when coach Terry Bowden wraps up spring practice for the Zips with their annual spring game at InfoCision Stadium.
After a 1-11 season with no wins in the Mid-American Conference, Bowden's Zips are looking to do more than improve on those results. Wins are not a concern in spring practice for Bowden, as he has been looking to improve the team's running game and find some playmakers that can make winning plays.
"I'd like to think I know how to coach, but it's hard to coach a 12-play drive," he said. "Give me a running back who can score on a 60-yard touchdown run and I'm a smarter coach."
He's looking for blocking, tackling, catching and running - all obvious elements of football, but sorely lacking in recent years.
"I told the guys to go out and have a great time Saturday. The coaches won't be on the field. Just let us go out and play football and see who the playmakers are," he said.
Bowden will be looking for returning running backs Jawon Chisholm and Broderick Alexander to provide some of that play-making ability while quarterback Clayton Moore is among several candidates vying for the open job.
The spring game is scheduled to kickoff at 3:00 p.m. with free admission which will include a post-game autograph session.