Akron Expert Q&A: Part 1

Jason Stoynoff, a computer programmer by day and Akron sports enthusiast by night, has run a fan website dedicated to the Zips for two years. He shared his thoughts on the 2003 Zips and their game against Wisconsin for Badger Nation's "Akron Week" coverage.

What are your overall feelings about Akron heading into the 2003 season? Do you feel the Zips will be improved from 2002?

Stoynoff: I feel this is going to finally be the year the Zips break out and have a huge season. This might be one of the best offensive teams they have had in a long time. The skill positions are the strength of the offense. The only question will be the o-line. At times last year they had their problems. But with all five starters back and a couple of redshirt freshmen pushing hard for time, they should be much better than last year. If the defense can cut down its scoring average from last year the offense should win a lot of games this year.

I am looking for big things from the defense this year. It took several games and a few position changes, but the defense really came on at the end of the season. Several underclassmen got a lot of playing time, which will give them a jump-start this year. A couple of incoming freshmen and JC transfers could come in and make a huge impact. Overall, with game experience and a better understanding of the scheme, the defense should be improved from last year.

Do you feel Akron's tough non-conference scheduling is a positive or a negative?

Stoynoff: I think the tough non-conference schedule is positive. It gives the players a chance to see how they stack up against some of the best teams in the country. It shows them where they need to be and it prepares them for the tough MAC conference schedule. Most people don't pay attention to the MAC conference, but there are some very good teams in the MAC that can compete with any BCS school on any given Saturday.

Is this the best offense in Akron history?

Stoynoff: I am sure it ranks right up there, but I will say this is the best offense that Coach Owens has had since he came to Akron.

What makes quarterback Charlie Frye so successful, and does he remind you of any other major college or pro quarterbacks either now or in the past?

Stoynoff: Charlie Frye is a warrior. I think he has ice water in his veins. He is a student of the game. He spends a lot of time studying defenses and is fully prepared for every game. Coach Owens has said several times after games the opposing coaches have said to him what a great QB you have. If the game is on the line I want #5 Charlie Frye as my QB.

Check back for more of Badger Nation's Q&A with Akron expert Jason Stoynoff later this week.

Jason Stoynoff is not affiliated with the University of Akron or the UA Athletic Office. His independent website can be accessed via the link below:

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