August 9, 2007

Expectations high for Edelman

Last fall, Julian Edelman led all Kent State players with an average of 228.8 yards of offense per game-658 rushing and 1,859 passing. The 6-foot, 195-pound junior quarterback also led the team in scoring with 42 points.

KSU head coach Doug Martin is well aware of Edelman's big play ability, but he also knows that Edelman's style of play can lead to mistakes. Last fall, his first as the Golden Flashes starting quarterback, Edelman threw 11 interceptions and fumbled 14 times. It's here that Martin expects improvement from his quarterback.

"This year he should be over that; he's got a full season as a starting quarterback," Martin said after practice on Monday. "That's kind of what I was telling him out here after practice today. He's got a full year as a starting quarterback; that type of mistake can't be in his repertoire anymore. If he keeps doing it, (Anthony) Magazu is going to beat him out.

"That's the facts of it, Anthony Magazu is playing his tail off which is what you want-competition. I really feel good about Anthony because if something happens to Julian I think we can still win games whereas last year we couldn't."

Edelman, who missed spring practice as he recovered from off-season shoulder surgery, has been impressive so far in fall camp. But, he hasn't been without mistakes.

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