August 13, 2007

Big plays, kicking game highlight scrimmage

Kent State conducted its first scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday at Dix Stadium. Highlighting the two-hour practice session was several big plays in the passing game and on special teams, where the kicking game showed the improvement head coach Doug Martin has been looking for.

The Golden Flashes committed too many penalties for Martin to be too excited about the scrimmage, but he knows those mistakes will continue to be erased as camp progresses.

"I'm impressed with the kicking game and I'm impressed with where we are mentally right now," said Martin. "If we just cut down on the penalties we'll be pretty good. The penalties, obviously offensively, was a negative to me there, and the pass protection has a long way to go to get where we need to be. I thought we ran the ball well and we've got some good kids carrying the ball."

Kent State kickers converted 6 of 10 field goal opportunities on Saturday. Two of the missed attempts barely crossed the line of scrimmage as safety Fritz Jacques blocked two and the other two misses barely missed the upright.

"The blocks, great job by the defense, but we had one of our wings just whiff on a block twice," Martin said. "That's totally inexcusable and as soon as we replaced that player we didn't have any more trouble.

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