Dave Carducci of the Record Courier checks in today with some news and notes about how spring practice is going for the Golden Flashes.
I like Coach Martin's tactics to increase the intensity during the first five minutes and last five minutes of practice. While KSU started games pretty well last season by scoring on their first possession of six games, the Golden Flashes will need to finish stronger in 2010.
POLINSKY ON PRACTICE - I had a chance to chat with Kent State radio analyst Rob Polinsky the other day. Polinsky was at a recent practice and offers these observations from what he saw.
"I thought all of the running backs looked very good, overall the receivers were good. I was impressed with Keith’s arm strength and also McCloud’s arm. Rinehart’s punting was at midseason form. I really think the special teams will be an overall strength. The defense had some big hits and good plays as well. I was impressed with the overall effort that I saw so early in the spring. I thought the players overall were mentally sharp in their drills."
McBRYDE WORKS OUT FOR BROWNS - Former Kent State wideout Derek McBryde was one of about 25 Cleveland area players to work out for the Cleveland Browns on Monday. The former Cleveland Glenville star was able to work out in front of Cleveland's coaching and scouting staffs, with the exception of President Mike Holmgren and General Manager Tom Heckert.
BOWL NEWS - Organizers of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl say they have a deal that will pit Big Ten and Mid-American conference football teams against each other yearly through 2013. The deal announced Monday calls for the No. 8 bowl-eligible Big Ten team to face the No. 1 or No. 2 MAC team at Detroit's Ford Field for the December game.
The bowl will have first pick of a MAC team in 2010 and 2012 and second pick in 2011 and 2013. If the Big Ten doesn't have eight bowl-eligible teams, the Little Caesars bowl will get a Sun Belt Conference team.
Last week it was announced that a four year contract has been signed with the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, pitting teams from the MAC against a team from the WAC (Western Athletic Conference).