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Monday, September 21, 2009
Kent State's Keith still the starter; Jarvis released from hospital



Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson


Kent State coach Doug Martin said on Monday’s MAC teleconference that he didn’t think quarterback Giorgio Morgan would be ready for Saturday’s MAC conference opener against Miami (Ohio).

Morgan suffered a sprained ankle in the season opener against Coastal Carolina and re-aggravated it against Boston College. Freshman Spencer Keith finished the Boston College game and started last week’s 34-14 loss to Iowa State.

“Last night, watching [Morgan] in practice, I would doubt that he would play,” Martin said. “He’s still really hampered with the ankle. He’s not moving very well. Until he can go out and protect himself, play like he’s capable of, we don’t want to put him out there.”

In Morgan’s absence, Keith completed 21 of 32 passes for 255 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He even put Kent State up 7-3 midway through the first quarter, the team’s only lead in the game. Martin said because Keith played so well, there’s no reason to rush Morgan back.

Also, Martin said running back Eugene Jarvis, who suffered a lacerated kidney against Boston College two weeks ago, was released from the hospital Sunday evening. Jarvis did watch some of the Iowa State game from the press box. Martin said he’s been overwhelmed by the support from the coaches around the Mid-American Conference.

“We’ve heard from just about every coach in the MAC just wishing Eugene well,” Martin said. “Coach [Al] Golden from Temple called, coach [JD] Brookhart took the trip over to see him in the hospital from Akron. We certainly appreciate that, and a lot of other coaches have called. The conference coaches have been outstanding the way they’ve responded to him.”

Martin said Jarvis will be back in school this week and is scheduled to graduate in December. Kent State has asked the NCAA to grant the fifth-year senior a sixth season.