September 24, 2009

The hits keep on coming

The injuries continue to mount for the Kent State football team as it continues its preparations for its Mid-American Conference opener against Miami on Saturday at Dix Stadium.

Left guard Michael Fay was the latest addition to the injury list. The 6-foot-4, 294-pound redshirt sophomore suffered the same injury that sidelined Leneric Muldrow for the first two games of the season.

Muldrow suffered the injury during one of the Golden Flashes' training camp scrimmages.

"He's got a torn meniscus in his knee and will be operated on Saturday and be out for two weeks," said head coach Doug Martin. "That's the same thing Muldrow had a couple weeks ago. Of course being a wide receiver, Muldrow does a little more cutting so he was out three weeks. We expect Fay to be back in two."

The good news is the Flashes have depth at the position. Fifth-year senior Dante Campbell will start at left guard. He opened the season as the starter at left guard before giving way to Fay in game two.

An injury to starting linebacker Dorian Wood also opened the door for freshman Luke Batton, who will make his first career start on Saturday.

Even without the injury to Wood, Batton would have been considered for the starting role. His eight-tackle performance last week against Iowa State certainly impressed the coaching staff.

"Dorian got a concussion in the last game and when we put Luke in there he played really well, so it's a combination of both," Martin said. "Dorian can play but we're going to go with Luke and use Dorian on an as needed basis."

Martin said that despite his youth, Batton plays consistently in practice and on the playing field.

"He's a lot like Spencer Keith. He doesn't get wowed by the moment or who you are playing, any of that stuff," Martin said. "He just likes to play football. He plays in a game like he plays in practice and that's what we're looking for right now, what we need. We've got guys that can do it in practice but can't do it in a game. He's been a guy that's the same every week."

Not all the news has been bad for the Golden Flashes. Starting quarterback Giorgio Morgan practiced at 100-percent on Wednesday and should be ready to play on Saturday.

"The other positive deal we got was Giorgio was back full-speed today," Martin said. "We've got some good things going for us there because we've got Spencer who can win games for us; he proved that the other night. I think we're going to have Giorgio ready to go this week also."

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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