Eugene Jarvis and the Kent State running backs have a chance to be the deepest, most talented, diverse group of running backs in the MAC this season. In 2008 Kent State led the MAC in rushing and was 11th in the nation. Behind an experienced offensive line, the rushing attack figures to be strong again in 2009. That rushing attack should help ease redshirt sophomore quarterback Giorgio Morgan as he starts his first full season at the helm of the Golden Flashes' offense. Elton Alexander from The Plain Dealer writes about the Kent State backs here.
Not only will Eugene Jarvis be expected to lead the Golden Flashes in 2009 as well as be viewed as their top play maker on offense, he will add punt returner to his duties in 2009. Jarvis is hoping his expanded role will help some NFL teams take notice and take a chance on him despite his 5-5, 170 pound frame, which is sure to scare some teams away. Overcoming the size barrier has been nothing new for Jarvis though. Stephanie Storm from the ABJ has the story here. The Canton Repository's Mike Popovich has written a similar article on Jarvis shifting to punt returner and you can read that here. Popovich, the Repository's KSU beat reporter, also previews the Golden Flashes in 2009.
As we mentioned, Giorgio Morgan takes the field Thursday night vs. Coastal Carolina as the team's quarterback. His teammates thought so highly of him that they voted him an offensive captain as only a sophomore. Morgan is hoping to lead by example, and lead his team to the top of the MAC in 2009. The Daily Kent Stater profiles Morgan here.
Dave Carducci from the Record Courier reports that the men's basketball saw some very encouraging resultson the court during their ten day tour of Italy. Among the highlights was the improvements that Tyree Evans showed in his ball handling and mid range game. Evans only committed three turnovers in four games in Italy. We hope that shot selection is also an issue that is greatly improved for the 2009-2010 season. With solid play from Brandon Parks and Justin Greene, Geno Ford and company would ideally be able to redshirt newcomer Justin Manns.
The Kent Stater includes five things you should know about retiring Athletic Director Laing Kennedy. You can find a video interview with Kennedy here and see what his colleagues have to say about him.
Kent State junior Carolina Suitch was named MAC Defensive Player of the Week from her position in goal for the Golden Flashes last week while sophomore Debbie Bell was named the Kent State Athlete of the Week for scoring nine points in a 7-0 win over St. Louis on August 28.