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AKRON, Ohio — The Akron Zips, under the guidance of sixth-year head coach Terry Bowden, ushered in the first day of spring with their first practice session on Monday.
The team will practice through Thursday before taking next week off to enjoy spring break before resuming spring drills on April 4.
Joining the Zips this spring is redshirt sophomore QB Nick Johns (Leesburg, Va.) who enrolled in classes in January. Akron returns 57 letterwinners, including 15 starters, to its spread offense and 4-3 defense. [spring roster and preseason depth chart are included in 2017 Spring Prospectus]
Redshirt senior RB Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio) returns to the line-up after missing last season with an injury. Redshirt senior Tra'Von Chapman (Cincinnati, Ohio) has moved from quarterback to wide receiver. Ten Zips, including senior QB Thomas Woodson (Monroeville, Pa.) are rehabbing from injuries and will not participate in spring drills.
Akron opens the 2017 season at Penn State on Sept. 2. The home opener against Arkansas Pine Bluff is set for Sept. 9.
The Zips' annual Spring Game is slated for Saturday, April 22, at Noon at InfoCision Stadium– Summa Field. Admission is FREE.
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.).
Current season ticket holders will be receiving an invoice in the mail. The renewal deadline in June 15. Payment plans are available.