Kent State star offensive lineman Brian Winters at NFL Combine

Record-Courier staff report Published:

Record-Courier staff report

FOOTBALL

Kent State offensive lineman Brian Winters, who is a Hudson native, is among the 330 prospects at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis this week for the NFL Scouting Combine. Looking to be the first Kent State player drafted since 2010, Winters is the first KSU player at the Combine in four years.

The NFL Network and NFL.com will feature live coverage of on-field workouts beginning today at 9 a.m. Offensive linemen will be among the first players to be featured.

On March 6, Winters will join many of his college teammates in the Kent State Field House for the Golden Flashes' Pro Day. Most of Kent State's 2012 senior class will be tested on shuttle runs, 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump and position-skill challenges.

The 2013 NFL Draft will be April 25-27.

SOFTBALL

Kent State's softball team dropped a pair of games during Friday's opening day of the Cardinal Classic in Louisville, Ky.

Inside Ulmer Stadium, the Golden Flashes were handed a 3-2 loss (in eight innigns) by Buffalo, then were blanked by No. 18 Louisville 5-0.

"Offensively, we need to start doing a better job of getting our bats on the ball," said Kent State head coach Karen Linder.

The veteran leader of the Flashes was referring to the fact that her team managed only two runs and eight hits combined in the two games.

"I think that playing and then being off a week forced us to try to find our rhythm again at the plate," Linder said. "We didn't do a good job of making adjustments at the plate as the day went on and will need to be able to do that going forward."

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