Union Grove’s Akins making a name for himself in football

Union Grove wide receiver Jordan Akins played quarterback in the absence of starter Ty Moore and responded with 216 total yards and three touchdowns in the Wolverine's 35-6 win over Ola. (Photo by Jeff Hurndon/www.jhurndon.com)

Union Grove wide receiver Jordan Akins played quarterback in the absence of starter Ty Moore and accounted for 216 total yards and three touchdowns. (Photo by Jeff Hurndon/www.jhurndon.com)

Jordan Akins is at it again.

Union Grove’s two-sport star and Class of 2010 recruit managed to sneak into the season under college football radar. But his early-season performances aren’t going to allow him remain long in obscurity.

With regular quarterback Ty Moore out this week, the 6-foot-4, 192-pound wide receiver started under center against Ola this past Friday. All Akins did was in his debut was rush for 142 yards on nine carries, run for two touchdowns, complete 5-of-8 passes for 74 yards and throw for another score in the Wolverines’ 35-6 victory.

Moore returns to action this week against Stockbridge. So does coach Steven Collins have a quarterback controversy brewing?

“Put it this way: There will be a package for Jordan under center and there will be a package for him at wide receiver,” said Collins, who said Moore will start. “He’s very Vince Young-like when he’s back there at quarterback. Very rangy and strong with a lot of play-making ability. We have to put the ball in hands 15 to 20 times a game however we can.”

Akins entered the season in relative obscurity after leaving Union Grove after his sophomore year and attending Strong Rock Christian Academy as a junior. Then he almost singlehandedly defeated Alabama powerhourse Vigor in a scrimmage on Aug. 22. Now he’s followed it up with a breakout performance in a regular-season game.

“When I went to Strong Rock, I didn’t really go by choice,” Akins said. “My Mom wanted me to go. So there weren’t really any scouts or anybody watching me play.”

Akins returned to Union Grove last spring and Ole Miss saw enough of him to offer a scholarship. LSU has talked to him about possibly playing both sports in college. He’s gotten letters from Wake Forest, Indiana and some smaller schools. He has talked to Georgia Tech recruiters and went on an unofficial visit to The Flats. UGA still hasn’t called.

It may be just as well. Akins said his preference is to become a professional baseball player. He is actually better known to professional baseball scouts as a strong-armed, big-hitting right-fielder.

“Yes, sir, I’d rather go for baseball,” said Akins, who plays summer ball for the Big Stick Gamers of Elite Sports. “If I focus and really dedicate myself to baseball I think I can become a top 10 or 20 pick.”

As for his football talents, Akins said they’re as much as surprise to him as anybody.

“I didn’t really realize my talent,” he said.

Neither did a lot of people.

20 comments Add your comment

Sammy Jones

August 31st, 2009
4:46 pm

Coach P

August 31st, 2009
9:22 pm

The kid is nice. We’ll shut him down though.

ya right

September 1st, 2009
7:40 am

I doubt it coach P. this kid will win 4 NC’s and 4 heismens…. Followed by a long string of superbowl blowouts. 4000 yards passing 2500 rushing 35 touchdowns will be his average.

You heard it here first

DC

September 1st, 2009
8:37 am

ya right you have a crystal ball uh.

The Grove

September 1st, 2009
10:37 am

There is no QUARTERBACK CONTROVERSY! Jordan Akins is hands down the best option that UG has to get to the dome. Ty Moore should not be playing in front of him at anytime. This team does not need him at WR to win because it is LOADED with talent. This is a bunch of friendships and politics being played and for some people who haven’t said anything yet, borderline racism! Coach let the best 11 on each side of the ball play the you get to the dome and worry about the friendships and politics later!!!

The watch dog

September 1st, 2009
11:29 am

The Grove is correct is this case. I would think as a coach you would be mindful of all players on your team. In my oppinion I think you should ask yourself. Is the team about one person? If it is then you will lose the respect of your players. At that point the dome want be an issue. Do the right thing and play your best player at quarterback and please don’t use a two quarterback system!!!

Real UGHS supporter

September 1st, 2009
2:38 pm

Listen The Grove! Your a complete idot. The last thing the coaches at Union Grove are is racist. We have 4 white kids starting on offense and 3 on defense. We are not LOADED at reciever. We have two good ones in Ed and Justin then Jordan gives us three. If you asked most of the kids on the team they would prefer to have Ty start because he is a team player and he did lead us to a 8-3 record last year as a sophmore and is a true leader on this team. So if your going to post item like you did then you should take your son and leave because we don’t won’t people like you around our program.

UG

September 1st, 2009
3:00 pm

Or you could let the coach do the coaching and the fans do the supporting. If you think coach is making decisions on things other than winning than you are lost.

The Grove

September 1st, 2009
4:37 pm

UG you must be a coach or one of the ones getting the favortism. Right is right and wrong is wrong. If nyou don’t agree with putting the best 11 on the field, then you are the one that is LOST and NIEVE!

The Grove

September 1st, 2009
7:43 pm

So called Real UGHS Supporter, if you actually read the comment I made you would see the following:

1. I did not say the WR position was loaded with talent, I said the team was loaded with talent you idiot!

2. I did not say that the coach was racist, I said that people around that are talking are on the borderline of saying that it is racism you idiot!

3. Ty did not lead us to anything last year, the defense and skill position players did you idiot.

You need to get your facts straight and I you must be a racist because the only one that mentioned anythbing on this blog about color is YOU!

Right is right and wring is wrong no matter what color you are. As i mentioned before put the best 11 out on the field. And believe me there is not one player or parent besides you that want TY starting in front of Jordan and that;s a FACT!!

Real UGHS supporter

September 1st, 2009
10:06 pm

Yo “The Grove”. First of all you may want to use spell check. Also I know for a fact that a good number of players prefer Ty starting. I believe you mentioned racism in your first blog so you are the idiot. If you would spend time watching our team instead of complaining you would know that we do put our best on the field. We have a chance to do some great things this year but I’m sure you’re telling your son (if you even have one that plays) that the coaches don’t have a clue and he is probably bringing that attitude to the field with him. So just shut up and accept that the coaches will do what is best for the team or just LEAVE. I’m sure you won’t be missed.

Lamb

September 1st, 2009
11:00 pm

How about BOTH of you idiots shut up and stop taking away from what the article is really about…Jordan. About how great of an athlete he is and, more importantly, how great of a kid he is. It’s rare to find that combination in a teenager these days. Take the middle school bickering back and forth stuff somewhere else. And leave the coaching up to the coaches and the playing up to the players and The Grove will be fine!

The Grove

September 2nd, 2009
6:23 am

To the Lamb,

You don’t have a clue either! Stay on the Lamb and take your boy The Real UGHS supporter with you. I have known JM for many years and am his biggest fan so don’t worry about that jsu put the best 11 on the field and that will setle it all.

Real UGHS supporter

September 2nd, 2009
7:46 am

Grove,
I will be praying for you!

Lamb

September 2nd, 2009
9:03 am

Haha. I don’t even know why I bothered commenting. Wasting my time trying to talk some sense into someone who can’t even spell. You are right, The Grove, you know it all. God has nothing on you. Please allow me into Heaven when the time comes. And I never said that I was worried about you being Jordan’s biggest fan. Congratulations. Yay! You are Jordan’s biggest fan! I just hope you’re not his English teacher.

Greg

September 2nd, 2009
1:02 pm

What ever happened to his brother Johnathan? I remember watching him play youth league football on the same team as Jordan and he was by far the better of the two back then.

grove grove grove

September 2nd, 2009
6:39 pm

that was when union grove was full of racism so the coaches teachers and principles messed up has football career with politics n stereotypes!!

UG Dad

September 5th, 2009
11:53 am

All, since you have so much time-how about coming out to help paint the field. It’s amazing with all the parents we have only the same few show up every week. Jordan is a great player!

Voice of Reason

September 7th, 2009
1:18 pm

I’ll give the kid kudos….he can hit a baseball a ton and is very athletic on the football field.

UG Dad, you’ve just described the 80-20 rule, (or more accurately for football), the 95-5 rule…..5% of the people do 95% of the work. It happens everywhere in every sport/activity. You’ll always have the people that will bitch and moan about EVERYTHING but when it’s time to put their money where their mouth is, they are no where to be found.

Good luck to the football team, because based on the BLOG grumblings, it’s going to need it to survive the season.

td

November 11th, 2009
8:17 pm

jordan is very good he needs to to G.A WE NEED YOUR HELP