August 20, 2007

Flashes add depth on offense

During Kent State's 6-6 season in 2006, the Golden Flashes relied heavily on the starting lineup to produce on offense.

At quarterback, reserve players accounted for just 99 passing yards; at running back it was 377 yards. Aside from starting wide receiver Najah Pruden's 39 receptions, Golden Flashes wide receivers were almost non-existent. In fact, take out running backs and tight ends and you'd need to combine the next three top receivers to surpass Pruden's reception count (Marcus Hill-19, Brian Bell-12 and Darren Rogers-12).

Entering the 2007 season, it's a safe bet to assume that the Kent State offense will be much more productive thanks to a depth chart on par with many of the top teams in the Mid-American Conference.

Here's a look at the depth chart at each offensive position:

No position at Kent State impacted the 2006 season more than quarterback. First-year starter Julian Edelman, a transfer from the College of San Mateo, used his dynamic passing and running abilities to win the starting job during his first few weeks on campus. Edelman helped the Golden Flashes to a 5-2 record before a shoulder injury ultimately limited his effectiveness in the passing game; a situation that allowed opposing defenses to focus on preventing the 6-foot, 195-pounder from using his legs to make big plays as he had done during the team's 5-game win streak earlier in the season. That strategy, and the lack of a suitable back up at the position, resulted in the Golden Flashes dropping four of their final five games.

Edelman, who completed 134 of 232 pass attempts for 1,859 yards and 10 scores and also rushed for 658 yards, returns in 2007 as does back-up Anthony Magazu.

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