September 13, 2007
Bayes, wide receivers ready for more
During the off-season, Kent State's wide receivers corps may have worked harder than any other unit on the football team to become a more consistent unit than what they have been in the past. The group entered the 2007 season with high expectations, but through the first two games wide receivers have caught just 16 of quarterback Julian Edelman's 29 pass completions.
"Most of it's been just the way people have been playing us-not giving us (the vertical passing)," said Kent State head coach Doug Martin. "Kentucky especially was just going to make us run the ball, and we did. Iowa State, we had I think three opportunities where we had people behind them and we missed all three throws. Julian I think overthrew two of them and we may have gotten sacked on one, but we had some opportunities there."
Taking what the defenses have been giving has helped Kent State defeat one BCS opponent (Iowa State, 23-14) and compete with another (the score was tied 14-14 at Kentucky before the Wildcats pulled away in a 56-20 win). The Golden Flashes racked up 268 offensive yards in the first half at Kentucky before the Wildcats made defensive adjustments to take away Kent State's big plays.
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