August 22, 2007

Simpson's court skills help him on the field

Last winter when Jon Simpson made an official visit to Kent State, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound tight end from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., spent some time at the student recreation center where he had the chance to play basketball with several of the current Golden Flashes football players.

After impressing the players, notably quarterback Julian Edelman, with his athleticism and powerful dunking ability, Simpson became a must-get prospect. Several weeks later he signed with Kent State and began classes in January.

Simpson's relationship with Edelman, which blossomed that day on the basketball court, has paid dividends on the football field. During spring workouts and so far this fall, Simpson has been a favorite target of the junior quarterback.

"It's important for a quarterback and receiver to have a lot of rhythm, but I don't know how much," Simpson said. "I just go out and run routes and when I get open it comes my way and I tell him good pass. He's a great quarterback. I don't know how much (the relationship) helps, but it allows us to communicate easier I think."

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