October 2, 2007

Edelman's development continues

After passing for 1,859 yards and running for another 658 last season, Kent State junior Julian Edelman has undergone a transformation from a run-first quarterback to a true dual-threat under center.

That transformation kicked into high gear several weeks ago when KSU head coach Doug Martin put the shackles on his 6-foot, 195-pounder during the Golden Flashes 38-7 victory over Delaware State.

Martin forced Edelman to stay in the pocket to hone his ability to read defenses and develop a passing game. Edelman responded with a season-high 267 passing yards and three touchdown tosses. In the process, he recorded just the second negative rushing yards game of his career.

In Saturday's 33-25 win at Ohio, Edelman took the next step. He improved his ability to read defenses and check into either a run or a pass depending on the look the Bobcats were giving.

"We really put the game in Julian's hands (Saturday)," Martin said. "He was checking run-pass at the line of scrimmage. Ohio runs a lot of man coverage and what we had seen was if they weren't blitzing they were having a hard time stopping the running game. So, we wanted to run when it wasn't a blitz and we wanted to throw the ball deep against the blitz."

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