May 1, 2007

Questions answered?

Last month when Kent State took to the practice field for 15 spring sessions, head coach Doug Martin hoped to find an answer to three key questions. First, he had to identify a backup quarterback and then a replacement for the graduated Najah Pruden at wide receiver. Finally, Martin had find out if his kicking game had improved.

With spring practice now in the books, Martin was pleased with what he saw, especially in the kicking game.

"I was really pleased with Nate Reed's progress throughout the spring," said Martin. "I think he hit on 86-percent of his field goals throughout the spring, which is a vast improvement from where we were. Jake Kilroy punted the ball much better too, so I think we got better in both those areas."

Martin expects all aspects of his special teams to be better in the fall.

"I think we'll be a much better return team with the speed we've got coming in the guys we put back there," he said. "I feel really good about the kicking game as a whole."

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