Dylan Potts had something like this in mind when he became an early signee at Akron University.
The former River High standout is listed as a primary punt returner on the Zips' depth chart for Saturday's season opener in Ohio Stadium.
A 5-11, 191-pound sophomore, Potts is also among wideout candidates for second-year head coach Rob Ianello's Mid-American Conference ball club.
Potts, wearing uniform No. 14, is expected to field punts along with junior teammate A.J. Price. AU's depth chart also lists Potts No. 3 among kickoff returners.
Potts and the Zips are hoping for much better results than 2010's disappointing campaign which resulted in a 1-11 record.
Akron, in fact, dropped its first 10 games, including a pair of overtime setbacks against Gardner-Webb and Ball State before ending the season Thanksgiving weekend with a 22-14 home field triumph against Buffalo.
The Zips are breaking in a new quarterback Saturday in junior college transfer Clayton Moore. The 6-1, 209-pound Moore, a Mississippi native, beat out incumbent Patrick Nicely who passed for 1,753 yards and 10 TDs last year in a starting role.
At Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College last season, Moore completed 155-of-257 passes for 2,395 yards and 23 TDs.
Akron is also counting on impact production from another JUCO transfer 6-3, 195-pound junior Marquelo Suel who originally signed with the Indiana Hoosiers before a two-season JUCO stint in California.
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