The Akron Zips ended their 2013 season (5-7) reeling off three straight victories and finished 4-4 in the MAC. Head coach Terry Bowden has brought optimism back to the fan base, and as the team looks toward the off season, quarterback Kyle Pohl has the tools to have a superb 2014 year.
Pohl entered the 2013 season with only one career start and started slowly in his first two contests of the year. He connected on 30-of-43 passes for 241 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Zips’ first two games. However, in Week 3 on the road in Ann Arbor against the 11th ranked Michigan Wolverines, Pohl broke out, throwing for 311 yards with two touchdowns in leading the Zips to the near upset in the Big House.
As a sophomore, standing at 6-foot-3, 213 pounds, Pohl is able to stand in the pocket and deliver the football with great velocity. Pohl finished the 2013 season connecting on 56 percent of his passes (225-of-402) for 2,438 yards with 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Pohl developed all season long under offensive coordinator A.J Milwee’s tutelage and exhibited leadership that inspired the offense. He showed the ability to overcome adversity, and came on down the Zips’ final stretch run of the season.
In Akron’s last six games of the year, Pohl completed 110-of-204 passes for 1,265 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions. In the Zips’ 31-29 season ending victory over the Toledo Rockets, Pohl had his best game of the year, completing 18-of-29 passes for 259 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
As the Zips enter the offseason looking to build off their 2013 season, quarterback Pohl has the tools to lead Akron to their first bowl appearance since 2005.