The Akron Zips had a very impressive 2013 season which saw the team win the most games since 2008 and finish with a 4-4 conference record. Head coach Terry Bowden did an outstanding job of motivating and cultivating the young talent that is on the Zips’ roster.
In 2013, the Zips played neck and neck with the No. 11 ranked Michigan Wolverines in the Big House in Ann Arbor and lost to Northern Illinois by seven points on the road. Bowden has a core group of young players that will allow the team to build off their impressive 2013 season. One of those player, wide receiver Zach D’Orazio, is a player that can lead the Zips to a postseason appearance.
D’Orazio led the receiving corps in receptions (42), yards (567) and touchdowns (four) and has the ability to double those totals in the 2014 season. He has great size at 6-foot-2, 213 pounds, and the uncanny ability to find the open holes in opposing defenses.
D’Orazio is an emotional player that plays with intensity and heart. He is a solid blocker in the running game and provides quarterback Kyle Pohl a dependable receiver that is not afraid to go over the middle of the field.
His best performance of the2013 season was his four-reception, 111-yard game against Louisiana-Lafayette. In the Zips last two games of the season, both victories , D’Orazio had 10 receptions for 139 yards.
As the Zips have their sights set on the 2014 season, Zach D’Orazio will be looking to be a major contributor for the team in the new year.