January 22, 2009

Konz granted fifth year

KENT, Ohio--Kent State senior tight end Jameson Konz (Uniontown, Ohio) has been granted a fifth year of eligibility by the NCAA, which officially approved his medical hardship waiver Wednesday (Jan. 21).

Konz missed the final 11 games of the season after suffering an ankle injury in the opener against Boston College.

A stand-out linebacker for his first three seasons with the Golden Flashes, Konz made the switch to the offensive side of the ball last spring--with often-spectacular results. He made a pair of catches for 12 yards against the Eagles before suffering the season-ending injury.

"Obviously, we're very pleased that the NCAA granted Jameson another year of eligibility," KSU head coach Doug Martin said. "We were counting on him to be a big part of our offense last year and it's great that he'll get a chance to show what he's capable of doing for us in 2009."

Kent State, which won three of its final five contests, completed the 2008 season with a 4-8 overall record and a 3-5 mark in MAC play. The Golden Flashes open the 2009 campaign Sept. 5 at home against Coastal Carolina.

IMPACT: The return of Konz gives the Golden Flashes another veteran in what should be an experienced offensive lineup. The Flashes loses quarterback Julian Edelman and wide receiver Shawn Bayes, so the presence of Konz should help the development of the new starting quarterback, whether it be Giorgio Morgan, Anthony Magazu or Matt Hurdle.

Konz has a rare skill set, and should present match-up problems for any defense the Golden Flashes face in 2009.

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