Defensively, linebacker Ulysees Gilbert will be expected to bring leadership on the field this upcoming season for the Zips.
Zips running back Warren Ball also discussed his excitement to get things going this football season. A transfer from Ohio State, Ball said his journey to Akron has been one with challenges, but he relishes his leadership role with the team.
"I just want to make those around me better and help this team win," Ball said.
The Zips finished 5-7 overall and 3-5 in MAC play in 2016.
After 305 wins and four trips to the NCAA Tournament in 13 years, Keith Dambrot is heading eastbound on Interstate 76. Dambrot, the now-former head coach of the Akron Zips, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his decision to guide the Duquesne Dukes. Duquesne is familiar territory for Dambrot, as his father played there and his mother is from the Pittsburgh area. According to Dambrot, leaving the University of Akron was “the toughest decision I’ve ever made in my life, to be perfectly frank about it.” He said he was not looking around for other jobs, but the timing was right to try to turn another program around. It will be a seven-year, $7 million contract for the 58-year-old Dambrot.
Dambrot is 59 and says he doesn't want to be coaching into his 70s or 80s, and looks at the rebuilding of the Duquesne program as a great opportunity. "The timing was right and I would take one more fling to turn another program around," Dambrot said.
LISTEN to the full Dambrot interview with WAKR's Ray Horner below.