Former Kent State QB Julian Edelman had a big day in his first regular season NFL game on Sunday afternoon. Filling in for an injured Wes Welker, Edelman debuted with eight catches for 98 yards. The Patriots lost to the Jets 16-9 but it was good to see Julian get his chance. Edelman also had two kick returns for 39 yards and a punt return for two yards. The Boston Herald writes about Edelman's debut here.
David Carducci was not shy in sharing his opinions on the Kent State football program in today's Record Courier. After watching Saturday's game and following the team for several years, it is hard not to agree with the article.
"He has some veteran players on this team who make the same mistakes every week, every season. Those young men should never see the field again. Allowing them to play or even practice is an insult to players like Jarvis, who demonstrated a pride in his performance with every snap he played at Kent State, and who showed how much he cared about his coaches and his teammates by ignoring the recommendation of his doctors and leaving Robinson Memorial Hospital in a wheelchair just to be at Dix Stadium Saturday night."
Brian Lainhart continues to be one of the bright spots for the team. On Monday he was named MAC East Defensive Player of the Week. Lainhart had 11 tackles, 2 forced fumbles and an interception in Saturday's 34-14 loss to Iowa State.
It doesn't look good that QB Giorgio Morgan will play on Saturday. Doug Martin had this to say about the status this morning during the MAC Football teleconference. "I just don’t know. It’s going to be a day-by-day thing. Last night watching him in practice I would doubt that he would play. He’s still really hampered with the ankle; he’s not moving very well and until he can really go out and protect himself and play like he’s capable of we don’t want to put him out there. Spencer played so well, we’ll probably just stay where we are. He’s had MRI’s, he’s had everything done, there’s no damage. It’s just a typical sprained ankle. There’s nothing real serious there, it’s just him getting back to where he can move around."
The Miami RedHawks come to Kent on Saturday night and they have some problems of their own. After being shutout in their first two games to Kentucky and Boise State, it took the 11th quarter of the season for them to score. They did so in a 48-26 loss on Saturday at Western Michigan. Miami had turnover problems of their own with five of them, including fumbling on the first play from scrimmage that led to a WMU touchdown. Miami coach Mike Haywood participated in the MAC Football teleconference this morning. "The players really got that psychological monkey off their back in finally scoring; it seemed like they became a lot more relaxed once they scored the first touchdown," said Haywood. "I thought they executed a little bit better and had a little bit more confidence. We have to build upon that confidence as we go into Kent and really looking forward to that opportunity."
Doug Martin had this to say about his team's matchup with the RedHawks on Saturday night. "The first thing you see when you turn on the film is their kids played really, really hard on both sides of the ball and they are very athletic, they've got speed. One of the things when I first came in this league, we looked at Miami. They always had speed and that was kind of the team we tried to emulate in recruiting and trying to recruit the same type of players. They do a great job, especially in defense, I think of utilizing their talent, putting guys in position where they can get mismatches on people. It's a really well coached team and I can say they're going to play hard."
The Kent State men's basketball team had added a new player to its roster for the 2009-10 season and his name is Brian Frank. Frank is a walk on for the upcoming season. He is a 6-4 guard/forward combo and a native of Florida. He attended Buchholz High School and IMG Academy. He started his undergraduate career at the College of Wooster. He averaged 15.3 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game as a senior at Buchholz.
Kent State volleyball senior Arjola Prenga was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week after the Golden Flashes won the 2009 Kent State/Mizuno Open this past weekend. Prenga was named MVP of the tournament.
Junior cross country runner Alexandra Lizarribar has been named Kent State Athlete of the Week.
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