The Kent State football team has two days of spring practice under their belt. Here are some of the early stories and sidebars that are emerging.
Dave Carducci of the Record Courier is writing about the battle at quarterback between Giorgio Morgan and Anthony Magazu. Dave also touches on the wide receiver position.
Stephanie Storm from the Akron Beacon Journal is writing about head coach Doug Martin wanting his players to pay attention to every detail, and that those details add up during the regular season and play a role in wins and losses. Martin would also like running back Eugene Jarvis to emerge as the team's punt returner this season.
You don't have to watch Morgan and Magazu too long to figure out that Morgan has more physical upside to him. However, Magazu has more experience on his side and should be more comfortable reading defenses at this point. I get the sense that the KSU coaching staff would love if Morgan seized the job early, and have his play on the field not allow him to give it back. As for the receivers, I don't care whether they are young receivers or older receivers, it would be nice to see some consistency and some big play ability out of them. I'm not crazy about Eugene Jarvis being the primary punt returner next season. While he is a dynamic talent, Kent State is already going to hand him the ball around twenty times and he is also their best threat in the passing game at this point. There are more than enough athletes on the team who should be capable of filling the role of punt returner. So I'm not faulting Coach Martin, I wish someone else could emerge to improve the Flashes' special teams unit. Last season, Martin was out of options and gave the job to quarterback Julian Edelman, one of the few players he felt he could trust doing the job.