October 4, 2007

Injury leaves hole in lineup and heart of KSU defense

When senior safety Fritz Jacques went down with what could be a season-ending knee injury in last week's 33-25 victory at Ohio, Kent State lost one of its top defenders. Equally important, the Golden Flashes lost an emotional leader.

Jacques, a 5-foot-11, 176-pounder, was one of four senior starters on the defense. The Golden Flashes had depth at safety, but replacing his leadership won't be as easy.

"I think the leadership, definitely, that's probably the biggest thing," said senior cornerback Jack Williams about the biggest loss with Jacques out of the lineup. "We only had four senior leaders on the defense and that's one down. Right now, he's not here and that's making the three that's left just step up and be even more without him. We're definitely going to miss his talent."

Already young in the secondary-the Golden Flashes started a redshirt freshman at free safety and a junior at cornerback-Kent State just got even younger. Redshirt freshman Dan Hartman, who has 13 tackles in 2007, will step in at strong safety.

Hartman knows he has big shoes to fill.

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