Zips football heads to Ford Field in Detroit for Tuesday's annual Mid-American Conference Football Media Day. Follow this blog for a behind-the-scenes look at all the preseason festivities. Joining head coach Terry Bowden in the media sessions will be seniors WR Jerrod Dillard and CB Malachi Freeman.

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July 22, 2013


11:10 a.m. – Making final preparations for the three-hour drive to Detroit and awaiting arrival of a small shipment of media guides to bring with us. You can view this season's media guide online here.

3:30 p.m. – We've settled into the hotel ... the Marriott Detroit at Renaissance Center in downtown.

4:39 p.m. – Fans can watch live coverage of tomorrow's MAC Media Day on ESPN3, starting at 9 a.m. UA head coach Terry Bowden will be on set at approximately 9:10 a.m.

10:29 p.m. – One schedule change for tomorrow, while head coach Terry Bowden will be on the
ESPN3 set at 9:10 a.m., his segment will not air until approximately 10:10 a.m. ET. The ESPN3 coverage of MAC Media Day will be on a taped delay from 10 a.m. to noon.

July 23, 2013


6:45 a.m. – Good morning from Detroit. Today marks the unofficial start of the college football season for the Mid-American Conference. MAC Media Day will be underway at Ford Field in a couple of hours. Thanks for following this blog, we hope to provide you entertaining content throughout the morning.

8:25 a.m. – The Mid-American Conference announced the media poll earlier this morning. The Zips were picked sixth in the MAC East, earning 53 points. Northern Illinois (West) and Ohio (East) were picked as the division winners, with NIU earning 14 votes as the MAC Title Game winner. Click here to read the entire release.

8:50 a.m. – Commissioner Steinbrecher opened the 2013 MAC Football Media Day by addressing the student-athletes, coaches, staff and media on the state of MAC Football. Don't forget that you can watch all of MAC Football Media Day live on ESPN3 starting at 10 a.m. ET (link).

9:25 a.m. – Coach Bowden just wrapped up taping his segment with ESPN3 for today's show. Bowden touched on how the Zips are fighting to get better every day in a league that boasts seven bowl teams. He talked about the Akron offense and the promotion of A.J. Milwee to offensive coordinator, as well as how QB Kyle Pohl and RB Jawon Chisholm will factor into how successful the Zips' offense can be this season. 

Bowden on the MAC and the Zips:

"We have to improve to meet the level of a conference with 7 bowl teams. We have to go through the process but everything is there for us to be successful."

Bowden on OC A.J. Milwee: 

"I promoted AJ because he is ready. He is young, smart and knows the offense and how to scheme for success."

Bowden on QB Kyle Pohl:

"Kyle has an abundance of talent and an NFL caliber arm. He can throw every pass in our playbook. He continues to grow as a quarterback and as a leader."

Bowden on RB Jawon Chisholm:

"Jawon is a tough, hard-nosed back with good speed and is due for a 1,000-yard season after coming close the last two seasons. He allows us to really spread the field and find holes in the opponent's defense."

Dillard on QB Kyle Pohl:

"We are going to take advantage of Kyle's mobility to scramble and run from the pocket.


Bowden and the student-athletes have wrapped up the electronic portion of MAC Media Day. As they head over to media row at Ford Field, they will meet with members of the print media, as well as spend some time taping with the MAC. Look for some video interviews with Jerrod Dillard, Malachi Freeman and Fox Sports Ohio's Zac Jackson.

10:35 a.m. – Jerrod Dillard and Malachi Freeman sat down with the media for a few minutes. Here are some of the highlights.

Freeman on the secondary:

"We are getting deeper at all four positions. We continue to work on defending as a unit and we are making progress. We need to build on last year and play better as a group for four quarters."

Freeman on Moses McCray:

"He brings depth to the front line that will help us keep opponents from moving the sticks."

Dillard on Year Two of Bowden Ball:

"We felt good last year and you could see the offense progress as the season went on. This year, we are more comfortable and confident, and fans should be ready for some more fireworks."

Dillard on QB Kyle Pohl:

"We are going to take advantage of Kyle's mobility to scramble and run from the pocket. He has a strong arm and is growing into his leadership role."

11:25 a.m. – Things are slowly starting to wrap up at media day. Coach Bowden, Jerrod and Malachi have met with the media and are now taping messages for Zips Nation. Check back later for those videos. Until then, here are some thoughts on the Zips and the MAC from FOX Sports Ohio's Zac Jackson.

12:25 p.m. – Jerrod Dillard expects big numbers for the Zips offense, while Malachi Freeman discusses the much-improved Akron defense during Football Media Day at Ford Field in Detroit.

Jerrod Dillard

Malachi Freeman

12:30 p.m. – That's a wrap in Detroit. Thanks for following along. Players report to preseason training camp on Aug. 1 and practice starts the next day. UA opens the season at UCF on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN3. Go Zips!