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River’s Potts may see some playing time on special teams

September 2, 2011
By RICH GIBSON - Buckeye Blitz ( , Times Leader

Dylan Potts had something like this in mind when he became an early signee at Akron University.

The former River High standout is listed as a primary punt returner on the Zips' depth chart for Saturday's season opener in Ohio Stadium.

A 5-11, 191-pound sophomore, Potts is also among wideout candidates for second-year head coach Rob Ianello's Mid-American Conference ball club.

Potts, wearing uniform No. 14, is expected to field punts along with junior teammate A.J. Price. AU's depth chart also lists Potts No. 3 among kickoff returners.

Potts and the Zips are hoping for much better results than 2010's disappointing campaign which resulted in a 1-11 record.

Akron, in fact, dropped its first 10 games, including a pair of overtime setbacks against Gardner-Webb and Ball State before ending the season Thanksgiving weekend with a 22-14 home field triumph against Buffalo.

The Zips are breaking in a new quarterback Saturday in junior college transfer Clayton Moore. The 6-1, 209-pound Moore, a Mississippi native, beat out incumbent Patrick Nicely who passed for 1,753 yards and 10 TDs last year in a starting role.

At Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College last season, Moore completed 155-of-257 passes for 2,395 yards and 23 TDs.

Akron is also counting on impact production from another JUCO transfer 6-3, 195-pound junior Marquelo Suel who originally signed with the Indiana Hoosiers before a two-season JUCO stint in California.


AKRON junior linebacker Brian Wagner (6-0, 235) is one of 87 players named to the Bronco Nagurski Watch List. A Springfield (Oh.) native, Wagner has led Akron in tackles the past two seasons...

IANELLO 's coaching resume began in 1987 as a grad assistant at Alabama. He also served tours of duty at Wisconsin, Arizona and Notre Dame before accepting the Zips' post in 2010....

OHIO STATE has started 1-0 every year since 2000. The Buckeyes last lost an opener when they suffered a 23-12 loss to Maimi (Fla,) in the 1999 Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium in New Jersey...In fact, OSU's last two trips to the Meadowlands resulted in setbacks including a 1986 reversal to Alabama....

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