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KSU Notes - September 30

By admin Published: September 30, 2009

Former Kent State football players and current Cleveland Browns Josh Cribbs and Abe Elam will return to Kent next week as special guests on the ‘Inside Kent State Sports’ show.  The show will take place as it always does at the Water Street Tavern in downtown Kent on Thursday, October 8.  The show will air from 6:00 to 8:00P.M. on Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM and sportsradio1350.com.  The broadcast will feature a Homecoming game preview as well as previews to the men’s and women’s basketball teams for the 2009-10 season.  Cribbs and Elam will be available afterwards to meet fans.  The doors open at 4:00P.M.

Kent State QB Spencer Keith is off to a very good start in his college football career.  Keith is one of only five true freshmen in the country to start at quarterback this season.  Keith leads the MAC and is 34th nationally with a 149.40 passer rating.  As a senior last year at Pulaski Academy, Keith led the country with 5,310 passing yards while leading his team to an Arkansas state championship.  His head coach Kevin Kelley did not believe in punting the football on fourth down so it was up to Keith to make a play.  The Daily Kent Stater profiled Keith in today’s paper.

The Plain Dealer's Elton Alexander weighed in on Doug Martin's plan to continue to play both Keith and Giorgio Morgan in his MAC Insider today.

Two for the show: It's rare, but Kent State coach Doug Martinsaid the Golden Flashes (2-2, 1-0) will continue to play two quarterbacks in redshirt sophomore starter Giorgio Morgan and true freshman Spencer Keith.  "Giorgio's healthy, and he'll start," Martin said. "But we're going to play them both, similar to what we did [last] Saturday. I like that situation right now as the competition makes them both better.  "The big advantage we have is, when Spencer came in against Iowa State and had such a huge game, that sealed the deal for our players. It's not an issue when he comes in. They know he is going to produce."  Indeed. To date, as the backup, Keith is 32-of-49 for 381 yards, four TDs and two interceptions. Morgan is 33-of-59 for 261 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions.

Martin met the media on Monday afternoon.  Watch.

Baylor’s electric quarterback Robert Griffin will not be able to play the rest of this season and that is a shame for college football, because he is a special player.  At this point, he says there is an 80 percent chance he’ll have season ending surgery.  While the team will miss Griffin, they have confidence in Blake Szymanski.  “Losing your starting quarterback is never a good thing, and I love Robert to death,” Baylor linebacker Joe Pawelek told the Waco Tribune.  “But we’re going to be OK. If Blake hadn’t worked his tail off, I’d be worried. I feel real confident in him.”

Baylor coach Art Briles met the media to discuss this week’s game against the Golden Flashes.  Watch.

The men’s basketball team got a great opportunity to bond as a team and also improve on the basketball floor during their 10 day, 4 game trip to Italy last month.  The team finished 3-1.  The team will start official practice on October 16.  Head coach Geno Ford, center Brandon Parks and forward Frank Henry-Ala talked to the Kent Stater about the trip.

The team conducted picture day last week and wore their road blue jerseys in the team picture.  The uniform will have a logo patch on the back of them to commemorate the University’s Centennial.  The team wore the blue jerseys in the pictures because they have new white uniforms and they hadn’t arrived yet. 

Walk on player Brian Frank is the son of Kent State Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Robert G. Frank.

Judy Devine recently donated $1.2 million to the athletic department, making it the third largest donation in the department’s history.  During her 31 year tenure with Kent State athletics, Devine has always strived to improve gender equality at Kent State.

Kent State cross country runner John Minen became the third different runner to win MAC Runner of the Week for Kent State.  Scott Hilditch won it last week and Aiman Scullion won it for the week of September 8.

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