2008 Kent State Preview - Offense
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What you need to know:
The Kent State offense was all about
finding ways to get the diminutive Eugene Jarvis going on the
ground, and it was an effective attack with running quarterback
Julian Edelman was in. Edelman broke his arm, it was musical
quarterbacks, and the team went in the tank. Now the plan is to
get more of a passing game going with Giorgio Morgan getting
every shot to see time under center this year, but the talent in
the receiving corps is questionable. The offensive line is big
and good at opening holes for the running game, but it's not
good in pass protection.
Passing: Julian Edelman
98-189, 1,318 yds, 7 TD, 9 INT
Rushing: Eugene Jarvis
279 carries, 1,669 yds, 10 TD
Receiving: Phil Garner
27 catches, 284 yds, 1 TD
Star of the offense: Junior RB Eugene Jarvis
Player who has to step up and become a star: Senior WR
Unsung star on the rise: Sophomore RB Andre Flowers
Best pro prospect: Jarvis
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Jarvis, 2) QB Julian
Edelman, 3) OT Augustus Parrish
Strength of the offense: Running game, quarterback
Weakness of the offense:
Wide receiver, offensive line backups
Projected Starter: Senior Julian Edelman
would be the unquestioned starter if he could just throw the
ball down the field a little bit. The 6-0, 198 pounder is a
tremendous runner who tore off 455 yards and two touchdowns in
eight games, but he only completed 52% of his passes for 1,318
yards with seven touchdown passes and nine interceptions. Three
of those scoring passes came in a blowout over Delaware State
and there was no vertical production whatsoever. Even so, he
fought through a torn PCL in his knee to lead the way to a
decent start before getting knocked out for the year with a
broken arm. This all came after having shoulder problems as a
sophomore. Even with all his issues, and even though the team
lost its last three games with him as the starter, it's still no
coincidence that the Golden Flashes lost the four games when he
Projected Top Reserves: True sophomore Giorgio
Morgan's time had apparently come when Julian Edelman went
down, and he was strong completing 18 of 28 passes for 247 yards
and three touchdowns in the shootout loss to eventual MAC
champion Central Michigan, and he complete five of eight passes
for 27 yards and ran for 15 yards and a score against Northern
Illinois, but he injured his MCL against the Huskies and was out
for the final two games. Now he's being given every shot to win
the starting quarterback job to use his tremendous passing
potential to add a spark to a dormant air attack. At 6-4 and 200
pounds with decent mobility and a great arm, he can do it all.
Now he just needs more of a chance.
Junior Anthony Magazu is the third man in the mix after
getting a little bit of work last year. The 6-3, 196 pounder saw
mop-up work against Ohio State and was the main man in the
season finale against Buffalo completing 12 of 22 passes for 184
yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Health has been an factor
so far with a sprained ankle last season and injury issues as a
redshirt freshman, but he has the running ability and the
passing talent to step in again if needed. He's a great No. 3 to
have in reserve.
Watch Out For ... the coaching staff to start with
Julian Edelman and move to Giorgio Morgan. Edelman can win right
away, but Morgan gives the offense the passing game it's been
Strength: Options. Anthony Magazu is probably the
best No. 3 quarterback in the MAC. Edelman is one of the best
runners, and Morgan is one of the best all-around quarterback
prospects. The problems over the second half of last year should
now be positives.
Weakness: Proven bombers. The passing attack only averaged 166
yards per game and was among the least efficient in America.
Morgan will be a great passer, but he has to prove he can do it
on a regular basis. Edelman is serviceable, but he's a runner.
Outlook: The starting quarterback will be the one
who can consistently add a passing element to the run-oriented
offense. Edelman would probably lead the team to more wins right
away, but Morgan is the one who could eventually take the team
to another level. It might be a case of musical quarterbacks for
a little while, but the production will be there.
Projected Starter: Junior Eugene Jarvis is
the nation's leading returning rusher and the only runner in the
top ten coming back after tearing off 1,669 yards and the
touchdowns. Even at only 5-5 and 170 pounds, he's a tough runner
who almost never takes big shots and is impossible to find as
his zips in and out behind his blockers. He ran for 100 yards or
more in nine games and continued to produce even when he was the
sole focus of every team's defensive game plan, and he was only
held under 82 yards once in a late-season loss to Temple. With
quickness, breakaway speed, and good hands, catching 23 passes
for 306 yards and three scores, he can do it all. He'll be a
serious threat to run for 2,000 yards if he can stay healthy.
Projected Top Reserves: There aren't too many
carries to be had with Julian Edelman and Eugene Jarvis handling
so much of the workload, but sophomore Andre Flowers will
get a little bit of work. The team's third leading rusher got 64
carries for 279 yards and a touchdown as a steady reserve, and
he should get between seven to ten carries a game once again. At
5-11, and 200 pounds, he brings more size (who doesn't?) and a
little more power than Jarvis, and he can move. He could be a
workhorse if needed.
Will true freshman Jacquise
Terry get any work right away? The 6-0, 180-pound recruit is
even more of a home-run hitting threat than Eugene Jarvis and
Andre Flowers with tremendous speed and a nose for the goal
line. He might be too good a weapon to keep on the bench for
long as the coaching staff should try to find ways to get him
the ball in space.
Watch Out For ... Eugene Jarvis to be in the team
photo for the MAC Offensive Player of the Year. It'll be tough
with CMU QB Dan LeFevour and Ball State QB Nate Davis almost
certain to come up with big years, but Jarvis should be among
the nation's leading rushers.
Strength: Speed and quickness. There's no one
quicker than Jarvis, while Andre Flowers and Jacquise Terry have
the speed to make big things happen.
Weakness: Power. When a 5-5, 170-pound runner is your best short
yardage option, there's no power running game.
Outlook: After finishing dead-last in the nation
in rushing in 2005, the Golden Flashes turned it around in a big
way averaging 158 yards per game in 2006 and then cranked out
over 200 yards per game last season thanks to the incredible
1,669 yards from Eugene Jarvis. He's a unique weapon who'll be a
guaranteed 100-yard day every time out, but Andre Flowers will
get his share of carries to create a decent rotation.
Projected Starters: The offense will make a big
attempt at improving the deep passing game, and senior Shawn
Bayes needs to emerge as a star for that to happen. Little
used for most of last season, he caught nine passes in the first
three games and a mere five the rest of the way thanks to a knee
injury. He was able to come back to make two catches for 47
yards and a touchdown against Central Michigan, but he just
wasn't right over the second half of the season. With a 16.7
yard-per catch average making 14 grabs for 234 yards and three
touchdowns, he has the potential to be a deep threat at split
The team's leading returning receiver, junior Phil Garner,
is back at Flanker. A tough 5-11, 182-pound target, he's a
decent short-to-midrange target making 27 catches for 284 yards
and a touchdown, but he had way too many games when he made
little impact. He made one catch in six games and was shut out
against Bowling Green, and he's not a scary enough deep threat
to make anyone worry about the home run.
5-10, 175-pound Aaron Robinson has the potential to be a
big factor at the H. The sophomore made 12 catches for 156
yards, but he struggled once QB Julian Edelman went down going
four of his final five games without a catch missing the Temple
loss with a concussion. Even so, he's one of the team's rising
stars who could become a breakout playmaker for the passing
One of the interesting new targets will be 6-3, 222-pound
Jameson Konz at tight end. The former linebacker made 43
tackles and two sacks last season, and now he'll bring his 4.4
speed and tremendous athleticism to the offense. Blocking and
being physical shouldn't be a problem, and he has the quickness
to be a matchup nightmare, but he'll have to show consistent
Projected Top Reserves: 5-11, 181-pound junior
Mark Woodson has the speed to become a dangerous deep
threat, but it hasn't happened yet. He didn't get into the mix
last year, and now he has to bring his 10.8 100-meter speed to
split end behind Shawn Bayes.
Sophomore Alan Vanderink was a decent possession receiver
last season averaging 7.5 yards per catch on 13 grabs with a
touchdown. The star high school running back started to come on
at the end of his true freshman season, and with his quickness
and moves, he should start doing far more with the ball in his
hands behind Phil Garner at Flanker.
While Jameson Konz is a good-looking prospect now that he moved
to tight end, sophomore Jonathan Simpson should still
play a big role. More of a big receiver than a tight end, the
6-5, 225 pounder needs to get more involved in the offense after
making two catches for 14 yards. Originally recruited as a star
linebacker prospect, he should be a good target with more time.
Watch Out For ... the Golden Flashes to force the
ball deep whether the passing game works or not. While this
isn't an offense designed to go vertical, the receivers will try
to do more to hit the home run so the ground attack can have a
little more room to move.
Strength: Tight end. Considering the position has
undergone a wholesale change with Jameson Konz moving from
linebacker, and Jonathan Simpson starting to get more involved
in a true sophomore season after spending his high school career
as a star linebacker, this should be a plus. These two should
add some more flash than Tom Sitko provided last year.
Weakness: Talent. Is there a receiver who'll keep defensive
coordinators up at night? There was one, Rashad Tukes, and he
was booted off the team. Can Phil Garner go from serviceable to
dangerous? Can Aaron Robinson turn into the deep threat he
started to become before suffering a concussion? There are
plenty of question marks.
Outlook: There are several decent targets with
just enough quickness to get more out of the passing game, but
this will certainly be an area of concern until the corps
actually does something. When the leading receiver only catches
27 passes and a running back catches three of the 13 touchdown
passes, there's work to be done. The coaching staff will give
Phil Garner, Aaron Robinson and Shawn Bayes plenty of chances to
get deep, and former linebacker Jameson Konz has the speed to
stretch the field, but the results have to come.
Projected Starters: The big offensive losses are
at guard, but KSU might have found itself a gem for the right side in
JUCO transfer Mike Roder. The 6-4, 310-pound junior was an
all-star for Scottsdale CC in Arizona and should be one of the team's
strongest run blockers from day one. He can move well for his size.
Stepping in on the left side will be redshirt freshman Michael Fay,
an undersized 6-4, 265-pound guard who'll need to be part of a rotation.
A promising blocker with room on his frame to add more weight, he'll be
great on the move and should be strong when he's able to pull. Blasting
through the bigger defensive linemen will be a problem.
Back at center, at some point, will be 6-2, 295-pound senior
Josh Perry, who started 11 games last season but missed
spring ball hurt. Very strong and very tough, he moves well and
can get down the field. He bulked up over the last year and
should be an even stronger run blocker.
Senior Augustus Parrish is back for his third straight
year at left tackle with 24 career starts under his belt. At 6-5
and 305 pounds, he's a big blocker who has been solid for the
running game, but mediocre in pass protection. Even at his size
he could stand to get a bit stronger and isn't going to
pile-drive too many defenders, but he'll spring plenty of big
runs. The second-team All-MAC performer will be the line's
key blocker from the start.
6-4, 280-pound Pat Reedy stepped in and turned into a
decent starter late last season. A good athlete who has bulked
up and gotten much stronger over the last year, and now he
should be a a key all-around blocker at right tackle.
Projected Top Reserves: 6-5, 305-pound senior
Travis McGraw was one of the team's top linemen for a few
years before tearing up his knee. He has 22 career starts,
mostly at guard, and he'll move back to right guard after
spending last year working at right tackle. With his experience
at left guard he can play on either side.
Considering Michael Fay is only 265 pounds, 6-0, 280-pound
junior Dante Campbell needs to play a big role in the
right guard rotation. He got a start against Northern Illinois
and has been a decent backup. One of the lines' strongest
players, he can pound away.
Watch Out For ... Pat Reedy. A good young prospect
who started to become a factor last year, now he should be a
fixture at right tackle for the next three years. He'll have to
work through mistakes, but he has the potential to be a good
Strength: Run blocking. There's decent size across
the front and enough mobility to be creative for the running
game. The group does what's needed to create the holes for
Eugene Jarvis to dart through.
Weakness: Pass protection. Awful over the last few years, the
Golden Flash front five gave up over three sacks per game and
need to be far more consistent. Part of the problem, at least
stat-wise, was having a running quarterback in Julian Edelman
taking some losses, but the pass protection was lousy when other
quarterbacks were in, too.
Outlook: The key will be the guard play. Replacing
Shawn Donaldson and Joe Marafine will be tough, but JUCO
transfer Mike Roder should be a good one and undersized Michael
Fay has potential. Augustus Parrish is a good veteran on the
outside and Pat Reedy is a rising star on the right. Developed
depth is an issue; an early rash of injuries would be