Akron selects Patrick Nicely as starting QB

Akron coach Rob Ianello announced Wednesday that Patrick Nicely would be his starting quarterback in the season opener Sept. 4 against Syracuse.

Nicely, a sophomore, won the job over junior Matt Rodgers. The two split the reps evenly throughout fall camp. Nicely was supposed to have redshirted last season, but he ended up making seven starts after Rodgers went down with a season-ending knee injury. He threw for 1,349 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions.

Nicely started the final scrimmage of camp Saturday only because it was his turn to start. He went 4-of-10 for 47 yards and a TD. Rodgers went 5-of-10 for 37 yards.