August 6, 2007

A new season for Edelman

When Julian Edelman arrived at Kent State last fall, the 6-foot, 195-pound junior college transfer expected to compete for the job as the starting quarterback. After winning the job, he led the Golden Flashes to a 6-6 record that included a five-game win streak.

Despite leading the team to its highest win total in five years, Edelman wasn't satisfied with his performance.

"Last year I was competing so it was a whole different level," he said. "I didn't know the offense. You are going out there and it's like you are just thrown in the fire even though it's practice. I really didn't know anything until the third game."

With one complete season under his belt and even more importantly, a better grasp of the playbook, Edelman is confident that the Golden Flashes have good things in store for the 2007 season.

"I'm not going to lie, a huge part of a lot of those losses (last year) was me not knowing the offense, the offense not being in sync," he said. "Our defense played really well last year and this year I feel like we can expand and do more. Our receivers are a lot more athletic, but it's a lot different when you have a quarterback knowing what to do. It will set the whole pace for the offense.

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