White Edges Blue, 24-3, in Akron Spring Game

White Edges Blue, 24-3, in Akron Spring Game

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AKRON, Ohio – Akron football's White squad edged out its Blue counterpart, 24-3, in the Zips' annual Spring Game on Saturday afternoon at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field.

The White squad, coached by associate head coach and defensive coordinator Chuck Amato and his defensive staff, went 16-of-25 for 288 yards passing and three touchdowns, one each from the three quarterbacks.

The Blue squad, coached by offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach A.J. Milwee and the offensive staff, was-16-of-32 for 147 yards passing with an interception.

In the first quarter, redshirt sophomore QB Nick Johns (Leesburg, Va.) tossed a 34-yard pass to senior WR A.J. Coney (Orlando, Fla.) for the first score. Junior PK Tom O'Leary (Tucker, Ga.) tacked on the extra point, giving the White squad a 7-0 lead.

As the quarter ended, the Blue squad responded with a 23-yard field goal from senior PK Zach Gingerich (Bellefontaine, Ohio) to close the gap, 7-3.

The White squad added 10 points in the second quarter. Sophomore PK Jerry Fitschen (Orange, Calif.) nailed a 21-yard field goal. Blue was driving on a third-and-11 on the 15 when sophomore LB James King (Miami, Fla.) intercepted a Johns' pass. White took advantage of the turnover as redshirt freshman QB Kato Nelson (Hollywood, Fla.) connected with senior WR Tra'Von Chapman (Cincinnati, Ohio) moments later on an eight-yard TD pass for a 17-3 halftime lead.

Neither team scored in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, senior QB Clayton Uecker (Akron, Ohio) threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to senior WR Fransohn Bickley (Akron, Ohio) for the game's final 24-3 score.

Junior LB Travonte Junius (Akron, Ohio) led the White defense with nine solo tackles and a sack.  Junior DB Nathan Bischof (Akron, Ohio) led the Blue with four solo stops.

At halftime, the coaching staff honored several players for their work during spring drills. (full list is below). Earning offensive MVP honors was senior TE Mykel Traylor Bennett. Junior CB Darian Dailey and senior LB Andrew Hauser received defensive MVP honors.

Season ticket plans—which include a ticket to all six home games as well as a parking pass—start at only $60 each. Renewals (for current season ticket holders) and new seats are now available for purchase by calling 1-888-99-AKRON (25766) or visiting The C.P. and Cornelia S. Chima Athletics Ticket Office at InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field (located at 375 E. Exchange Street, near Gate 1 at the southwest corner of the venue, at the corner of E. Exchange and S. Union streets) during business hours (Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

The season ticket renewal deadline in June 15. Payment plans are available.

Group tickets start at $10 each (with a minimum of 15 people).


2017 Akron Spring Football Awards

MVP– Senior TE Mykel Traylor-Bennett
Most Improved– Sophomore OL Trevor Brown & sophomore TE Brandon Junk
Unsung Hero– Sophomore RB Chuck Turfe

MVP– Junior CB Darian Dailey & senior LB Andrew Hauser
Most Improved– Junior DL Brennan Williams
Unsung Hero– Sophomore CB Denzel Butler & redshirt freshman Andrew Siegman

Weight Room Awards
Offensive MVP– Senior WR A.J. Coney
Defensive MVP– Senior S Zach Guiser
Most Improved– Sophomore OL Trevor Brown, junior CB Jordan George, senior LB Andrew Hauser



1st 7:46 WHITE- A.J. Coney 34 yd. pass from Nick Johns, (Tom O'Leary kick)
4 plays, 85 yards, 2:26


0:00 BLUE- Zach Gingerich 23 yd. field goal

7 plays, 75 yards


2nd 12:13 WHITE- Jerry Fitschen 21 yd. field goal

6 plays, 61 yards, 2:45


1:36 WHITE- Tra'Von Chapman 8 yd. pass from Kato Nelson (O'Leary kick)

9 plays, 75 yards, 3:30


4th 10:12 WHITE- Fransohn Bickley 54 yd. pass from Clayton Uecker (Gingerich kick)

6 plays, 64 yards, 5:00