By Rory Sharrock
MACON-In 2006 former Lovejoy High football star Kisan Flakes split time starting in three games under center, amidst playing through a conference championship run at Albany State University.
In 2007 the junior quarterback will take full command of the huddle with hopes of leading the Golden Rams to another Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title and deep into the playoffs.
During the off-season, Flakes has worked hard to improve his game, doing all the necessary things to become an effective signal caller.
He has spent countless hours with his eyes glued to his playbook learning the offense, studying routes, and blocking assignments.
He also has extended himself to new and existing teammates to enhance their bond well beyond the locker room.
"The off-season is the most important time. We have a lot of new additions to the offense from the line to the receivers," said Flakes during Wednesday's Pigskin College Preview Media Day at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
"This is a time for us to gel and mesh together. This is my first year behind the helm, so this is a time for me to get a feel for my players."
Last year Flakes completed 55 of 104 passes for 753 yards, throwing four touchdowns and three interceptions. He also rushed for 272 yards and scored three touchdowns.
However, those numbers were altered by the inconsistent performance of ASU's offensive line in its pass blocking schemes.
Flakes was flushed out of the pocket on several pass attempts, which resulted in him making plays on the fly, as opposed to running the designed call that was sent in from the sidelines.
"Last year he really was all we had offensively. He really struggled because our offensive line wasn't up to par," said ASU head coach Mike White. "This year we expect our line to be much better. Kisan is a play-maker, so you got to give him time to do what he needs to do. We expect him to have big year compared to last year."
The Golden Rams ended the 2006 season with an overall record of 7-4. They finished 6-1 in league play, sharing the SIAC title with Tuskegee University.
ASU clinched its third straight playoff berth last season, however, they fell to Newberry College 34-28 in the first-round.