Team preview: Akron
Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2005 college football season, exclusively on Insider.
On Dec. 15, 2003, the day J.D. Brookhart was hired as the head football coach at Akron, the college's administration made it clear that a new standard was being put in place.
Brookhart's job was to have the Zips compete for the MAC championship. Nobody thought he would have them doing it in his first season.
After an 0-3 start in 2004, Akron rebounded to earn a chance at the MAC East crown and become bowl eligible. The Zips' postseason hopes were dashed in a 37-27 loss to Miami in the regular-season finale, but the seeds for success have been planted.
"We did some good things," said Brookhart, who was chosen MAC Coach of the Year.The Zips did them by playing what Brookhart calls, "efficient football," something they'll have to continue to do in order to carry last season's success into this season when a new crop of players will take over several key positions.