August 19, 2009

Wood, Hull lead defense

Kent State's scrimmage on Saturday at Dix Stadium left redshirt sophomore quarterback Giorgio Morgan reeling from an afternoon spent trying to identify the multiple packages used by the defense.

"This year defense has went into disguising a lot," Morgan said. "It makes havoc on me because I have to sit there and read it."

Prior to the red zone drills, the first team offense managed just 47 yards of offense on 26 plays.

"Our defense this year has been outstanding with disguising their defense, timing up snaps, stuff like that," Morgan said. "It makes the offense better because you can't let a defense dictate the tempo of the game. Offense always has to have tempo and so far this camp, the defense has done an excellent job."

Credit junior linebacker Dorian Wood and senior defensive lineman Aaron Hull for much of the defense's success on Saturday.

Hull spent much of his time in the backfield harassing Morgan, and Wood led the defense with eight tackles and a pass deflection.

"I went out there and just had fun, played like I know I can play," said Wood. "I just played free…didn't worry about making any mistakes."

Wood played in nine games as a freshman before tearing his ACL and in all 12 games as a sophomore in 2008, starting two. He hopes to have a breakout junior year while helping the Golden Flashes put together a banner season.

"I always knew I could play this way, it was just a matter of me getting healthy," he said. "I'm actually going to be a junior this year, a true junior, and I already had my first two years, two losing seasons. I'm just trying to get that MAC championship."

Hull was pleased with his performance during Saturday's scrimmage, but he knows as a senior he can't afford to make mistakes.

"I kind of messed up on a couple plays," he said. "I'm a senior, I'm not supposed to do that."

Like Wood, Hull has been around the Kent State program for a few years and he knows it's time for the team to win games. To do that, the defense will have to improve from last year's squad which gave up 31.7 points per game.

Hull already notices a difference.

"I guess our defense just came out there with an attitude (Saturday) that we (weren't giving up any) points and no first downs. We swarmed," he said. "Dix Stadium is a swarm center now."

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