2015 Akron Zips football team

The 2015 Akron Zips football team represented the University of Akron in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by fourth-year head coach Terry Bowden and played their home games at InfoCision Stadium–Summa Field. They were members of the East Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 8–5, 5–3 in MAC play to finish in a tie for second place in the East Division. They were invited to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, where they defeated Utah State for their first ever bowl victory.This was Akron's fourth bowl appearance. Previous bowl games are: Grantland Rice Bowl 1968, Pioneer Bowl 1976, Motor City Bowl 2005. They made their fifth bowl game appearance in 2017 at the Boca Raton Cheribundi Bowl.

2015 Akron Zips football
Akron Zips logo.svg
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl champion
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionEast Division
2015 record8–5 (5–3 MAC)
Head coachTerry Bowden (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorA. J. Milwee (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorChuck Amato (4th season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumInfoCision Stadium–Summa Field (Capacity: 27,881)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Bowling Green x$   7 1         10 4  
Ohio   5 3         8 5  
Akron   5 3         8 5  
Buffalo   3 5         5 7  
Kent State   2 6         3 9  
Miami   2 6         3 9  
UMass   2 6         3 9  
West Division
Northern Illinois xy   6 2         8 6  
Western Michigan x   6 2         8 5  
Toledo x   6 2         10 2  
Central Michigan x   6 2         7 6  
Ball State   2 6         3 9  
Eastern Michigan   0 8         1 11  
Championship: Bowling Green 34, Northern Illinois 14
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 57:00 PMat No. 19 Oklahoma*FSN PPVL 3–4185,370
September 126:00 PMPittsburgh*ESPN3L 7–2423,425
September 1912:00 PMSavannah State*
  • InfoCision Stadium
  • Akron, OH
ESPN3W 52–916,763
September 267:00 PMat Louisiana–Lafayette*ESPN3W 35–1424,679
October 32:00 PMOhio 
  • InfoCision Stadium
  • Akron, OH
ESPN3L 12–1417,301
October 103:00 PMat Eastern MichiganESPN3W 47–215,638
October 173:00 PMat Bowling GreenESPN3L 10–5920,021
October 312:00 PMCentral Michigan
  • InfoCision Stadium
  • Akron, OH
ESPN3L 6–1418,981
November 712:00 PMat UMassCBSSNW 17–136,228
November 1412:00 PMat Miami (OH)ESPN3W 37–2815,629
November 213:30 PMBuffalo
  • InfoCision Stadium
  • Akron, OH
CBSSNW 42–2115,727
November 2812:00 PMKent State
ASNW 20–016,391
December 223:30 PMvs. Utah State*ESPNW 23–2118,876
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule Source:[1]

Game summariesEdit

at OklahomaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Zips 0 3 0 0 3
#19 Sooners 3 14 21 3 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

PittsburghEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 7 7 7 24
Zips 0 7 0 0 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2014 AKR, 21–10

Savannah StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 3 6 0 0 9
Zips 7 21 10 14 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Louisiana–LafayetteEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Zips 7 7 14 7 35
Ragin' Cajuns 0 7 0 7 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2013 ULL, 35–30

OhioEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 7 7 0 0 14
Zips 3 3 3 3 12
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–18–1 2014 OHIO, 23–20

at Eastern MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Zips 14 26 7 0 47
Eagles 7 7 7 0 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–12 2014 AKR, 31–6

at Bowling GreenEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Zips 7 3 0 0 10
Falcons 7 21 21 10 59
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–14 2014 BGSU, 27–10

Central MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Chippewas 0 7 7 0 14
Zips 0 6 0 0 6
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–15–1 2012 CMU, 35–14

at MassachusettsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Zips 7 0 7 3 17
Minutemen 7 6 0 0 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2014 AKR, 30–6

at Miami (OH)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Zips 14 13 7 3 37
RedHawks 7 0 7 14 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–16–1 2014 AKR, 29–19

BuffaloEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 0 14 0 7 21
Zips 14 14 7 7 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–5 2014 BUF, 55–24

Kent StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Flashes 0 0 0 0 0
Zips 7 7 3 3 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
31–24–2 2014 KENT, 27–24

Utah State–Famous Idaho Potato BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Zips 7 6 7 3 23
Aggies 0 7 7 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

RosterEdit

2015 Akron Zips football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 1 Hakeem Lawrence   Jr
WR 2 Tyrell Goodman   Jr
WR 2 Michaelee Harris   Sr
WR 3 Richie Cooper Fr
RB 4 Conor Hundley Sr
QB 5 Tra'Von Chapman   So
QB 7 Devyn Wood   Fr
RB 8 Donnell Alexander   Sr
WR 10 Mykel Traylor-Bennett Jr
WR 11 A. J. Coney   So
WR 12 Imani Davis Sr
QB 13 Tommy Woodson   So
QB 14 Caleb Chapman   Fr
QB 15 Matthew Hoyer   Jr
QB 16 Kyle Pohl   Sr
WR 17 Anthony Young So
TE 18 Josh McNeil Jr
WR 19 Anthony Lauro   Fr
WR 21 Michael Means   Jr
RB 23 Van Edwards Fr
RB 25 D. J. Jones   Jr
RB 28 Manny Morgan   So
RB 30 Chuck Turfe Fr
TE 33 LaVonne Gauthney   So
WR 37 Danny Seafler Sr
WR 39 Landon Yeartie   Fr
TE 44 Dylan Seibel   So
TE 45 Brandon Junk Fr
FB 49 Christian Allen   Sr
OL 55 Tommy Brown   Sr
OL 56 Isaiah Williams   Sr
OL 57 Stephen Ericksen   So
OL 63 Nick Fazio   Fr
OL 66 Kyle Ritz   Fr
OL 67 Ryan Kortokrax   So
OL 70 Michael Casimos   Jr
OL 71 Quaison Osborne Sr
OL 73 Mitchell Hlay Fr
OL 74 Xavier Quigley Jr
OL 75 Dylan Brumbaugh   Sr
OL 77 Andrew Bohan   Sr
OL 79 Rich Kallay Fr
WR 80 Andrew Pratt Sr
WR 82 Austin Wolf   So
TE 83 Michael Kish   So
TE 84 Avery Cagle Fr
ATH 85 Jaquavis Dixon Fr
ATH 86 Kwadarrius Smith Fr
TE 92 Daryan Martin   Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 1 Jatavis Brown Sr
DB 2 Larry Hope Jr
LB 3 Darryl Monroe   Sr
LB 5 Ulysees Gilbert III Fr
CB 6 DeAndre Scott   Jr
LB 7 Jerome Lane   So
DL 8 Richard Dorvilus   Jr
DL 9 Rodney Coe Sr
LB 10 Brian Bell Fr
DB 13 Wedley Charles   Jr
S 14 James Turner Sr
S 15 Cory Morrow   Jr
DB 17 Bryce Jones Sr
ATH 19 Vince Lockett Fr
CB 20 Kyron Brown   Fr
CB 21 Kris Givens Sr
CB 22 Mikee Hayes   So
DB 24 Jordan George   Fr
CB 27 John Senter   Sr
CB 29 Bryce Cheek   Sr
S 31 Jamal Baggett   Fr
S 32 Zach Guiser   So
LB 33 Jason Williams Fr
DL 34 Jamal Marcus   Jr
LB, TE 35 Newman Williams   Fr
DL 36 Cody Grice   Sr
LB 40 John Lako Fr
DB 43 Nathan Bischof   Fr
DB 46 Zachary Sweat   Jr
DL 50 Brock Boxen Fr
LB 52 Josh Ward Fr
DE, LB 53 Travonte Junius Fr
LB 54 Dylan Evans Sr
DE 56 Deon'Tae Moore   So
LB 58 Andrew Hauser Jr
LB 59 John Rachal   Jr
DL 90 Se'Von Pittman   Jr
DE 93 Daumantuas Venckus   Jr
DL 95 Darius Copeland So
DE 96 Alfonso Horner Sr
DL 97 Undrea Bullard   Fr
DL 97 Brennan Williams   Fr
DL 98 Christopher Spruill   So
DT 99 Tyler Shipman Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 37 Tom O'Leary So
P, K 38 Zach Paul   Sr
P 41 Kyle Foster   Fr
PK 43 Zach Gingerich   So
PK 47 Shawk Kirk   Fr
PK 48 Robert Stein   Sr
PK, P 60 Nick Gasser   Fr
LS 65 Hayden Grover   Fr
LS 88 Michael Buddenberg   So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Chuck Amato (Associate Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator)
  • A. J. Milwee (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
  • Jeff Bowden (Special Teams Coordinator / Wide Receivers)
  • Trent Boykin (Tight Ends / H-Backs)
  • Darrell Funk (Offensive Line / Offensive Run Game Coordinator)
  • Erick Hickson (Running Backs)
  • Otis Mounds (Cornerbacks / Defensive Passing Game Coordinator)
  • Todd Stroud (Defensive Line / Director of Football Strength & Conditioning / Recruiting Coordinator)
  • Mike Woodford (Safeties)
  • Brett Ekkens (Offensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Tim Hargrett (Offensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Kory Gribbin (Defensive Graduate Assistant)
  • John Hughes (Defensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Ben Murphy (Director of Football Operations)
  • John Nemec (Director of Player Personnel)
  • Mark Ouimet (Assistant Director of Football Operations)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster
Last update: December 20, 2016

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2015 Akron Zips Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved April 9, 2015.