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2014 KENT STATE FLASHES FOOTBALL PREVIEW

June 3, 2014
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Kent State Golden Flashes (2000 - Pres)

2013 Record: (4-8, 3-5)
2013 Bowl: None
Coach: Paul Haynes (4-8 at Kent State, 4-8 overall)
Offensive Coordinator: Brian Rock
Defensive Coordinator: Brian George

Returning Leaders:
Rushing: Trayion Durham, RB, 766 yards
Passing: Colin Reardon, QB, 1,957 yards
Receiving: Chris Humphrey, WR, 613 yards
Tackles: Matt Dellinger, LB, 77
Sacks: Nate Vance, DE, 3.5
Interceptions: Malcolm Pannell, CB, 3

Other Key Returnees: TE Casey Pierce, WR Earnest Calhoun, K/P Anthony Melchiori, S Jordan Italiano

Key Losses: RB Dri Archer, WR Tyson Goode, S Luke Wollet, CB Darius Polk, DT Roosevelt Nix, DE Mark Fackler

 

2013 Team Stats:
Rushing Offense: 182.4 (48th in nation, 4th in conference)
Passing Offense: 186.5 (100, 10)
Total Offense: 368.9 (88, 7)
Scoring Offense: 20.8 (104, 8)
Rushing Defense: 198.8 (94, 8)
Pass Defense: 211.1 (27, 4)
Total Defense: 409.9 (70, 6)
Scoring Defense: 26.9 (67, 5)
Turnover Margin: -0.3 (86, 9)
Sacks:  1.75 (82, 9)
Sacks Allowed: 1.17 (14, 3)


Kent State Golden Flashes (2000 - Pres)

After starting 1-3, the Golden Flashes never recovered finishing at just 4-8. First year head coach Paul Haynes did see his team win their final two games to finish on a positive note. The problem with the beginning of 2014 is another tough start: The Golden Flashes begin the season with games against Ohio, Ohio State and Virginia in September.  

The Golden Flashes will have to replace their best offensive weapon in Dri Archer and that won’t be easy.  Another setback may be running back Trayion Durham who rushed for 766 yards in 2013 but sat out spring drills because of foot surgery.  If Durham can’t play, Coach Haynes will look to Nick Holley who has moved from WR to RB.  Tristin Boykin and Anthony Meray will also look for time at RB. 

Colin Reardon will return as QB after getting knocked around as a red-shirt freshman. Reardon will look to WR Chris Humphrey as the go-to deep threat along with Earnest Calhoun, Josh Boyle and James brooks. The offensive line will be young and inexperienced with only one returning starter in RT JR. Jason Bitsko. 

The defense will have several returners back minus All-MAC performer DT Roosevelt Nix and leading tackler S Luke Wollet.  Coach Haynes will count on DT’s Chris Fairchild and Nate Terhune to carry more of the load.  DE Richard Gray returns after missing 2013 with an injury. The linebacking corp is solid led by Matt Dellinger, DeVante’ Strickland and Darius Richmond.  The secondary will have plenty of experience with SS Jordan Italiano, S Calvin Tiggle and CB Najee Murray. 

Kent State took a huge step backwards in 2013, after winning the MAC East and going 8-4 in 2012.  This team is deeper and has more experience.  If they stay healthy, they should be much better, depending on how they handle the early portion of the schedule.

Kent State Golden Flashes (2000 - Pres)


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