November 18, 2008

Unsung hero

During Kent State's 41-38 victory over Temple last week, the Golden Flashes racked up a season-high 561 total yards of offense.

Both quarterback Julian Edelman and running back Eugene Jarvis eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark as the Golden Flashes posted a season-high 329 yards on the ground. Edelman added 232 passing yards.

That offensive output was led by the play of the Golden Flashes offensive line, specifically senior Augustus Parrish.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder will make his 29th consecutive start on Tuesday when Kent State hosts Northern Illinois. But, Parrish nearly didn't finish Wednesday night's game against Temple.

During the Golden Flashes' first offensive series of the game-a 10-play, 60-yard drive capped by a Edelman 1-yard touchdown run-Parrish suffered a calf injury that hampered throughout the remainder of the contest.

"It was in the first series, I think it was a 34-read or regular 34 play, and I tried to push off," Parrish said. "It was something in my calf, I don't know and I still don't know what it was. It felt like it popped or something. I couldn't really push off it, it hurt."

Despite the pain and physical limitations--Parrish spent most of four quarters blocking on one leg--he finished the game and helped the Golden Flashes pull out a victory in a back-and-forth battle with the Owls.

"My position coach actually came and told me to take a series off and the head coach came over and said, 'we need you to go,'" Parrish said. "I was like, 'I never wanted to come out anyway,' so I went in."

It's that type of attitude head coach Doug Martin has been looking for out of his team all season long.

"He really played with a lot of heart," Martin said. "He hurt his leg early in the game, had a calf strain or something that really did hamper him. One of the last sacks he gave up was because of that, but he played his heart out."

For Parrish, it was just about getting a win.

"I've been playing with pain all season," he said. "You've just got to do it if you want to win; I want to win. I just wanted to win and wanted to be out there. I didn't want to come out so I just kept playing."

Ironically, Parrish suffered a shoulder injury during Kent State's last win and Parrish is willing to take one for the team if it means adding another victory.

"It was a big boost because against Miami I messed my shoulder up and we won that game," he said. "Any time I get hurt we win a game, so I guess if I hurt my finger and we win a game it will be great."

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