Deep down, Jose Davis knows that's true. But

By Allen Moff Record-Courier staff writer Published:

Deep down, Jose Davis knows that's true.

But that didn't stop the senior quarterback from practically begging to play.

Davis tore tendons in a finger on his throwing hand when his hand bounced off a teammate's while he was throwing a pass during an intrasquad scrimmage on April 14. He hasn't practiced since.

"I've worked hard all winter and spring, and this is the game I've been looking forward too," said Davis, after watching the Blue team defeat the Gold 7-6 before several hundred fans at Dix Stadium. "I came to coach (Dean Pees) with a sob story today trying to get him to let me play. He actually didn't care, but the trainer held me out."

"I told him if you could talk (Kent head athletic trainer) John Faulstick into letting you play, that's fine with me. But I knew that would never happen," said Pees, with a wry smile. "But I give him credit for asking to play. That's what you want to see as a coach.

"Jose had nothing to prove out here. He's had a great spring."

Without Davis, the Golden Flashes struggled offensively.

The Gold team, led by redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Cartwright (9-of-21, 75 yards), produced just six points on a 51-yard field goal by sophomore Dave Pavich and a 25-yard field goal by sophomore Ben Hupp.

The Blue team, which featured junior backup quarterback Zach Williams (11-for-25, 76 yards) directing Kent's No. 1 offense, couldn't muster a single point until sophomore tailback Chante Murphy scored on a 1-yard run on the last play of the scrimmage. Pavich added the extra point to give the Blue squad the victory.

"I wanted to get more production out of our No. 1 offense," said Pees. "Our offense has been dominant at times, but at other times we've hit lulls. I don't know why that is, but it has to be remedied.

"Our defense played pretty well, and maybe that's why we didn't produce much offensively. But a big part of it was playing without Jose."

Davis isn't supposed to throw a pass for six weeks, but should be healthy enough to take part in on-campus workouts this summer.

"We have 60 guys staying on campus this summer to take classes and workout, and that's more than ever," said Pees. "Successful programs have 60 players that care enough to stay on campus during the summer and work to improve. Now we have guys making that commitment. That's what it takes."

Freshmen will report to fall camp August 9, while returnees will report on August 13. Kent will open the 1999 campaign on Sept. 4 at Cincinnati.

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