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Edelman, Martin key Kent State turnaround

After years of losing, Kent State found its football identity in a Golden Flash, writes Adam Rittenberg.

Updated: October 26, 2006, 2:54 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | Special to ESPN.com

Julian Edelman got letters, stacks of them, but no scholarship offers.

Then, one day, the phone rang. Finally, an offer.

"I thought it was Kentucky State or something like that," said Edelman, the quarterback for College of San Mateo, a community college located on the San Francisco Peninsula. "I was like, 'What's Kent? Maybe Kentucky, abbreviated.'"

Edelman thought for a moment, recalling those high school U.S. history classes. Kent State? Hmmm …

"I had heard about ...

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