Still, Eaton, who had started at cornerback for the Zips in 1995 and '96, was determined to play again. After countless hours of rehabilitation he made it back for spring practice in '98 and lined up at quarterback. Four months later he was moved to receiver, and he made 32 catches last fall, second most among the Zips, for 413 yards and a touchdown.
This season as a senior the 6'2", 200-pound Eaton is the team's punter, his fourth position in five years, and is back on defense, as a free safety. He leads Akron (4-2) with 41 tackles and has an interception, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Last Saturday he had a team-high 12 tackles in a 41-28 victory over Ohio. He also punted four times, averaging 48.0 yards per kick. "I had to learn to walk again before I could run or even think of football," says Eaton. "I'm very lucky to be playing again."
Boston College's Meltdown
The Eagles Fall At Temple
When asked last week to reflect on Boston College's 4-0 start, Eagles coach Tom O'Brien was quick to point out that BC won its first three games last season and proceeded to lose seven of its final eight. "We're not very talented. If we don't play as hard as we possibly can, we won't win," he said. His words were prophetic: The Eagles blew a 14-point lead against winless Temple and lost 24-14.
Prentice Drops The Ball!!!
Miami (Ohio) senior running back Travis Prentice's streak of carries without losing a fumble ended at 862 when he coughed up the ball in the second quarter of the RedHawks' 45-31 victory over Bowling Green last Saturday. Prentice gained 4,138 yards during the streak, which began on Nov. 2, 1996....
Rice sophomore Derek Crabtree took over the placekicking for the Owls 12 games ago and has made all 28 extra points and all 11 field goals he has attempted....
Last week wasn't a good one for potential first-round draft choices who put off the NFL to return for their senior seasons. In addition to Warrick's problems, Indiana defensive end Adewale Ogunleye tore ligaments in his left knee and is out for the year.