Team preview: Kent State

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(All information as of June 20, 2008)


Expectations were on the upswing for Kent State football entering 2007 after the Golden Flashes finished at 6-6 and flirted for most of the season with a MAC East title in '06. But injuries quickly scuttled their early-season hopes and the Golden Flashes found themselves in an all too familiar position -- last in the MAC East.

"The expectations for us were realistic," said head coach Doug Martin, now entering his fifth season. "We were there talent wise but just couldn't overcome the injuries that hit us."

When Martin says injuries, he means injuries. The Golden Flashes lost three quarterbacks to injury. That would impact the deepest rosters, let alone a team that really had only one experienced starter -- Julian Edelman, who returns this season -- going into 2007.

"I guess the good way to look at it is that now we have three quarterbacks with game experience, but I sure would have preferred to have them gain experience in a different way," Martin said. "I don't want to ever have to go through that again."