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Monday, April 5, 2010
Final non-AQ spring seasons begin

By Graham Watson

The final batch of non-AQ teams begins spring football this week as many other teams are wrapping up their spring campaigns.

Here’s a look at the biggest issues facing the teams starting spring practice this week:

Kent State, April 5

Biggest issue: The Golden Flashes are looking for a pair of corners to complement their fifth-year senior safeties. Junior Josh Pleasant is the favorite to start in one of the cornerback spots, and junior Chris Gilbert, sophomore Sidney Saulter and redshirt freshman Darius Polk will challenge for the other side.

New Mexico State, April 5

Biggest issue: Scoring. The Aggies were the worst in total offense and scoring offense in the country last season. They averaged just 11.46 points per game. To that end, coach DeWayne Walker hired some new offensive coaches and recruited quarterbacks and running backs to help move the offense forward.

Fresno State, April 7

Biggest issue: Fresno State was originally supposed to start spring football on March 15. Coach Pat Hill said the Bulldogs would utilize its newfound athleticism and speed and add some spread concepts to the offense this spring. He did emphasize that the running game would still be a focus, but finding a new every-down back to replace Ryan Mathews will be a challenge.