Here’s a few noteworthy items following Kent State’s annual Spring Game Saturday, that the Blue Team won 31-0 over the Gold Team:
Junior running backTrayion Durham may have looked to be in mid-season form while leading the Blue Team to the victory with a pair of 5-yard touchdown runs, but he said he’s far from it.
“I'm trying to get down to 230, 235 pounds,” said the 6-foot Durham, who currently weigh 247 pounds. “The coaches are telling me that and I think I should be down that low, too. I played at 230 (pounds) in high school (Cincinnati Colerain) and I played every play. Now, that's kind of hard for me because I weigh so much. So, I'm trying to trim the fat…and turn it into muscle.”
Last year in KSU’s wildly successful 11-win season , Durham teamed with speedster Dri Archer as the Flashes ground game produced a pair of 1,000 yard rushers.
Despite churning out 1,346 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore, Durham is prepared to take on an even bigger role this season. The red zone will be a point of emphasis for Durham this season, as shown with his 12 carries for 80 yards and two scores in Saturday’s action.
“(New head) coach (Paul Haynes) is calling my number more and it gives me more motivation to work harder, lose more weight and listen to what he has to say to me,” said Durham, who admitted to recently warming up to Haynes and the new staff memebers following the departure of second-year coach Darrell Hazell.
Archer, whom the athletic department is considering honoring with a Heisman Trophy campaign after he decided to come back to KSU for his senior season instead of declaring for the NFL draft early, saw limited action Saturday.
The 5-foot-8, 175-pounder accululated 41 yards on three carries and made a 14-yard reception for the Blue Team before sitting out a majority of the second half nursing a sore shoulder. He also fielded a handful of punts, a new role he plans to add to the three he already excels at in running back, receiver and kick returner.
“He got banged up a bit with his shoulder,” Haynes said. “There's no reason to sit there and be He-Man today. He is electric. Every time he touches the ball he has a chance to make things happen. We have to protect him a bit, but we also have to let that horse ride a little bit.”
* Senior Andrew Christopher intercepted a pass and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown in his Blue Team’s 31-0 victory over the Gold Team in the annual Spring Game Saturday at Dix Stadium.
The big play came came two weeks after the defensive end from Chardon (who walked on to the team two years ago after attending Lakeland Community College) was surprised to be awarded a scholarship following the Flashes kick scrimmage April 13.