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Kent State Flashes

KSU's football team boasts two local standouts

By Stephanie Storm Published: August 22, 2012

The Flashes boast two players as local as you can get in freshman Evan Shimensky and sophomore Marcus Wright, who played at nearby Kent Roosevelt High School.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Shimensky came to KSU as a quarterback, but just recently converted to a receiver in an effort to get on the field sooner.

“It’s early, and we have some pretty good slot (receivers) right now, but he’s competing hard and he’s a great team player,” head coach Darrell Hazell said of Shimensky. “He’ll do anything for the team and he catches the ball well. He’s still gotta figure it out from that point of view instead of the quarterback point of view, which is a lot different with getting off of jams and such.” 

After Tuesday’s practice, Shimensky and receivers coach Thad Jemison spent extra one-on-one time on the Dix Stadium turf going over route running techniques. 

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Wright is a non-scholarship defensive end who played for a season at the University of Findlay before transferring to KSU.

“He’s got a chance to be pretty good player,” Hazell said. “He’s big, he’s athletic, he plays hard and (football) means something to him.”

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