Stephanie Storm

KENT: Just two days into Kent State’s spring practice, senior cornerback Norman Wolfe already likes what he sees on the Golden Flashes’ defense.

“This year we have more speed at almost every position,” said Wolfe, a soft-spoken 5-foot-8, 163-pounder. “That’s going to be a big key to our defense, flying to the ball and running fast. Our linebackers have great speed, we have multiple defensive linemen that can rotate and stay energized and on the back end we really fly around a lot.”

In many ways, it feels like just yesterday that Wolfe walked on at Kent State from Buchtel High School.

“At the same time, I’ve tried to treat every year like I’m a senior,” said Wolfe, who had three interceptions last season to give him eight in his career, despite missing four games with a broken foot. “I want to win so badly, so I know you have to take every year so serious. You can’t slack off.”

Wolfe doesn’t want to dwell in the past, not even on the positives such as how he’s continually made a steady rise in impact during his collegiate career.

“I try not to look back because if you do, your future will pass you by,” he said. “And we’ve got too many good things happening here now to miss it.”

New words, new system

After spending nearly all of his career in a spread offense, new KSU quarterback David Fisher is spending as much time “learning new verbiage” as he is trying to get comfortable receiving snaps from under center.

“There were no play-actions or nakeds [bootlegs] or anything like that [at Palomar Community College],” Fisher said. “At least, we didn’t run it if there was. So, it’s definitely a different twist being under center, doing play action, three-step and five-step drops. I’m not used to that.”

Schedule

Kent State’s 2012 football schedule was released Thursday. The Flashes will play five home games, including four — Ball State (Sept. 29), Western Michigan (Oct. 20), Akron (Nov. 3) and Ohio (Nov. 23) — in the Mid-American Conference. The Golden Flashes will also host Towson in the season opener Aug. 30.

KSU will be on the road for nonconference games against Kentucky (Sept. 8), Army (Sept. 13) and Rutgers (Oct. 27). The MAC road schedule begins with a mid-week trip to Buffalo on either Sept. 19-20 for a game that will be aired live on ESPNU. Kent State also travels to Eastern Michigan (Oct. 6), Miami (Nov. 10) and Bowling Green (Nov. 17).

“I like the schedule because there’s some space between some games [Kentucky, Buffalo and Ball State] early that gives us more preparation time,” coach Darrell Hazell said. “Especially early in the season, that extra preparation time really helps.”

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