The Navy football team is hoping senior reserve slotback Eddie Martin, who was stricken with a sudden illness, will recover and rejoin the Midshipmen by the time they open their season against East Carolina on Sept. 2.
Martin, who reported to the academy last week complaining of severe stomach pain, has been diagnosed with cancer. The Capital of Annapolis reported yesterday that Martin, now resting at the National Naval Medical Center, was to begin chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma.
"Anytime something like that happens, there's no good way to hear it. You could tell Eddie didn't feel well," Navy coach Paul Johnson said.
"I'm just thankful they found out what's wrong with him, and we're all hoping and praying the recovery will go well and he'll come back and be 100 percent cancer free. If there's anybody that's got a good chance to do that, it's going to be Eddie, because he's going to fight it all the way."
Martin, who came to Navy as a quarterback in 2003, did not play during his first two seasons, then switched to slotback last year. He appeared in every game, mainly on special teams. He also rushed for 36 yards on six carries and attempted one pass that was intercepted.
"We're all praying for him. We're all calling in on him to make sure he's all right," senior quarterback Brian Hampton said. "He's pretty upbeat. We're believing he'll come through this and he'll be here for the first game."
Ohio State -- Ohio State tight end Marcel Frost was suspended for the upcoming season for violating team rules. Athletic department officials declined to comment on the nature of the violation. Frost will remain on scholarship and will be eligible to rejoin the team next season, school spokesman Dan Wallenberg said. Frost, a fourth-year junior, was listed first on the Buckeyes' depth chart, ahead of sophomore Rory Nicol.
Kansas State -- Former starting quarterback Allan Evridge has decided to transfer from Kansas State less than a week into fall practice. Evridge told new coach Ron Prince of his intentions Tuesday and was granted a release from his scholarship. Evridge is the third Wildcats quarterback to depart Manhattan since the spring game in April. Evridge played in nine games as a redshirt freshman last season - starting six - and threw for a Kansas State freshman record 1,365 yards and six touchdowns.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.