August 16, 2007

Blue-Gold Preview won't be revealing

Thursday night at Dix Stadium in Kent, fans will get their first look at the 2007 version of the Kent State football team. After a 6-6 campaign last fall, expectations are through the roof for a team returning 16 starters. But fans shouldn't expect to see many of those starters for very long during the annual Blue-Gold Football BBQ and Preview.

Kent State head coach Doug Martin is more interested in building depth on both sides of the ball.

"We feel really good about where our first unit is on both sides, so those guys won't get a lot of reps," said Martin of his starters. "We're going to use our second team players quite a bit and a lot of our freshmen and third team guys trying to build a little depth and still work hard on the kicking game that night. It will be an enjoyable deal; (the fans) will get to see these guys and I hope we get a great crowd for it."

While Thursday night's preview will give fans a glimpse of the future of Kent State football-many of the second and third team players are in their freshman or sophomore year-Martin and his staff have used two closed scrimmages to gauge the team's progress.

On Tuesday, the Golden Flashes conducted an 85-play scrimmage that left Martin encouraged about where his team is thus far in camp.

"I thought the guys came out really well focused," he said. "There weren't many mental errors; everything was really crisp and nobody got hurt which means that everybody was very intense and moving around very fast."

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