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Eric Schoch

Everybody watches the quarterback. He is the keystone that anchors his team's attack and his execution and direction is vital to winning football. In the early 1970's that quarterback at The University of Akron was the talented Eric Schoch. However, the 6-1, 180 pound All-Ohioan out of Kenmore High, first made a brief stop at Miami University in Oxford, OH before transferring to play for the Zips. "Plain and simple, I was homesick," Schoch explained. Miami's loss was surely UA's gain as Schoch would become the first UA player to surpass 4,000 yards total offense. Although sharing the starting job his first season, he still accumulated 1,070 yards to pace the Zips to an excellent 8-2 campaign in 1971 for Head Coach Gordon Larson. He again led UA in total offense as a junior with 1,317 yards and took the scoring title as well with 42 points. The 1973 season saw Jim Dennison as head coach and Schoch still the starting quarterback. Schoch made it the best of his career by passing for 1,316 yards and set a Zip record for quarterbacks with 468 yards rushing which gave him 4,171 yards total offense. During that senior campaign, Schoch completed 97 of 174 passes for a .557 completion percentage to establish another new standard that stood 28 years until Charlie Frye, the current UA quarterback, turned in a .588 completion mark in 2001. Schoch was paid the highest of compliments by Dennison, who said at the time, "Without him we wouldn't have been winners, it's as simple as that! He was the individual who made our offense go, inspired our defense to do well and was the player our opponents feared the most." Schoch went on to earn the MVP award while leading the East squad to an 8-6 win over the West in the All-Ohio Shrine Game in Columbus and was voted UA's Athlete of the Year. In 1993 he was inducted into UA's Sports Hall of Fame.

Inducted 2003 | Football