November 14, 2007

Disappointing season nears its end

After finishing the 2006 season with a .500 record, Kent State head coach Doug Martin had high expectations for the 2007 campaign.

Those expectations included winning the Mid-American Conference East Division and securing the school's first bowl bid since 1972. A rash of injuries, sloppy play and other mistakes quickly dashed those hopes and the Golden Flashes, who sit at 3-7, have little left to play for in the final two games of the season.

"This has been a frustrating season, especially with the things that we've had to endure lately with the injuries," Martin said.

The season began to spiral out of control early when the Golden Flashes couldn't find a way to protect the football as they turned it over 12 times-many in the red zone-in their first five games.

Injuries also took their toll

First, junior quarterback Julian Edelman suffered a torn PCL in his knee. The injury didn't keep him off the field, but it did limit his effectiveness. He was lost for the season when he broke his arm against Central Michigan. Then, senior safety Fritz Jacques was lost in the Ohio game with what was first thought to be a season-ending knee injury-he returned to the field last week against Northern Illinois.

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