October 28, 2007

Coach rates Morganís performance two thumbs up

Giorgio Morgan received lofty praise from his head coach following his debut as Kent State's starting quarterback.

"I think he exceeded everybody's expectations," KSU coach Doug Martin said Saturday after Morgan completed 18 of 28 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions, in the Golden Flashes' 41-32 loss to visiting Central Michigan. "For a true freshman quarterback to come out and play last year's conference champion and not have any turnovers, that alone is huge. And then to throw three touchdown passes and to play with the poise that he played with is real big.

"He gave us a chance to win today, and that's why we took the redshirt off of him and decided to play him -- because he gives us the best chance right now."

Martin and his staff opted to put Morgan into the lineup this week after junior quarterback Julian Edelman suffered a season-ending broken forearm late in Kent State's 31-20 setback against Bowling Green on Oct. 20. The coaches concluded that allowing Morgan to start the final four games of this season would be more beneficial to him and the team than the alternative of holding him out in order to get him an extra year of eligibility.

The Golden Flashes' decision paid immediate dividends Saturday, as Morgan ran the offense with precision and efficiency.

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