Camp is over.
For the most part, our prep for Kent State is in the books.
In a few hours, I’ll board a plane and head to Ohio, with hopes and dreams of starting off the 2012 season with a win over a BCS team. Kent St. has a lot to prove. Last season they had a losing record, yet won their final four games under a first year head coach. The Golden Flashes have a stellar group on defense, returning 8 starters from a unit which finished ranked 18th in the nation last season – top 25 in numerous categories. They are fast and physical, built to survive the MAC. They will be hungry to get off to a big start…and feed on a CAA team.
After many years at the high school level, I’m still getting used to a number of differences between the college level and the high school level. It’s a lot to explain, and I’m not mapping it all out now, but not having two/three scrimmage games leading up to an opener is a huge change. Our guys seem very energized and ready. I know they want to GO PLAY. Our staff has done a great job with all the prep. We know them, they’ll know us…it’s going to come down to the basics. Which team shakes off the rust, gets focused, flies around naturally, the quickest…will have the upper hand. All football games are important – no game is a gimme, ever…I believe in my heart we can play with anyone. We’re blessed to have developed something deeper than a team, we survive it all as a family. It’s an important difference. By 10p on Thursday night, we”ll know a little more about who we are, win, lose or draw…we’ll hang together.