March 27, 2007

Spring Preview: Breaking down the QB's

Back in 2005, Michael Machen threw for over 2,000 yards in
10 starts at quarterback for Kent State. Machen looked like he would return
as the starter in 2006, but that was before the emergence of junior college
transfer, Julian Edelman.

Edelman, a 6-foot, 195-pounder, impressed the coaching staff enough to open the season as the starting quarterback against Minnesota. He ended up starting all but one game last fall, a 23-0 loss at Virginia Tech.

Machen has since transferred to Baylor, leaving just Edelman and two other
true quarterbacks-Jon Brown and Anthony
-on the roster heading into spring drills next week.

Edelman, who threw for 1,859 yards and rushed for another 658, is the starter but he's recovering from shoulder surgery and will not participate in the spring. He should be able to resume throwing some time in May.

Without Edelman, the Golden Flashes will look to establish a solid No. 2 quarterback. Brown and Magazu will have plenty of opportunities to earn that role, but another player could make an impact in spring.

Wide receiver Darren Rogers, who may have started
the Eastern Michigan game if Edelman was unable to play, should get some reps
this spring.

Here's a look at each of the quarterbacks that will be competing for the No.
2 spot behind Edelman:

Kent Sports Report Roster Breakdown-Quarterbacks

A 5-foot-10, 189-pounder, Brown redshirted in 2006 after playing in seven games, starting one, as a true freshman in 2005.

As a freshman, he completed 60 of 90 passes for 474 yards and posted a 101.46 quarterback rating.

Brown threw for 2,696 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior at Westlake High School in Ohio. He threw just three picks that season. He ranks ninth in the Ohio high school record book with 69 touchdown passes.

After redshirting his freshman season in 2005, Magazu played in just one game last fall. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder has the ability to make plays with his arm and his legs.

At Providence High School in Charlotte, N.C., Magazu set several passing records and threw for over 2,300 yards and 26 touchdowns in his career at the school. He threw for over 1,000 yards as a sophomore at Ashland High School in Massachusetts.

His father, David, is the offensive line coach of the Carolina Panthers.

As a quarterback at Quaker Valley High in Leetsdale, Pa., Rogers threw for over 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior. His senior season, the team switched to a Wing-T offense, limiting his opportunities.

He was recrutied to Kent State as an athlete and he played all over the field for the Golden Flashes in the fall. He played in all 12 games, making three starts.

The 6-foot, 185-pounder threw just one pass, an incompletion. He rushed four times for 23 yards and one touchdown and hauled in 12 passes for 146 yards receiving.

Rogers has the experience in a read-option offense so that could give him an advantage over Brown and Magazu. If things don't work out at quarterback for Rogers, he'd likely return to wide receiver where he'd compete for a starting role.

Stay tuned to Kent Sports Report for more on the position battles that will occur during spring practice.

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