October 1, 2008

Flashes looking for win, emotional boost

Despite a 1-4 start, a victory this weekend will keep Kent State in contention for the Mid-American Conference East Division title.

tOnly cross-town rival Akron stands in the Golden Flashes way.

KSU head coach Doug Martin said he doesn't have to work very hard to get his players excited for this game.

"This is what college football is all about, you get to play your cross-town rival, and it should be a great atmosphere," he said.

Martin told his players that both teams are 0-1 in the East and that they both lost to the same team, Ball State, by similar scores.

"If our guys want to make it to the MAC East championship game, they've got every right to do that. All they've got to do is play like they're capable of and win a game, then go win the next game," Martin said.

Martin does not consider the Akron game to have a make or break type impact on the season, but said that it could be a springboard for the fledgling Flashes.

"We just need something good to happen to us. Our guys have worked really hard and have given a lot to this," Martin said.

Quarterback Julian Edelman is well aware of the Flashes situation.

"This season is not over for us. We beat Akron, and that will ignite our team," he said. "This is a big game, it's a rivalry game…we don't care if we are playing the Green Bay Packers or Stow High School…this is a big week."

Edelman added that he approaches the game as he would any other, but conceded that emotions do come into play because of the rivalry. That wasn't always the case, like two years ago when he played his first game against the Zips.

"I remember my first year, I didn't know what it was about until I got hit that first time," he said.

That first hit was a little bit harder accompanied by trash talking, Edelman said.

"It's a rivalry game and anyone who's been in a rivalry game will know it's just a little different."

Asked if he talked any trash, Edelman blushingly said, "I try not to."

Sitting next to him, senior wide receiver Shawn Bayes smirked, indicating that Edelman might not have been completely truthful.

"But sometimes stuff happens," Edelman added.

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