The 2018 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Kent State Golden Flashes.
No. 123: Kent State Golden Flashes
Spring Game: April 14, 11:00
Kent State Prespring Status
The Golden Flashes are trying to get the hot young coach to let him grow into the gig – if not take it over right away.
Just 31, Sean Lewis is by far the youngest head coach in college football, taking over after working under Dino Babers at Bowling Green and then at Syracuse – and that’s the point of the hire.
Kent State needs to find an offensive spark. and now it might just have its guy to give the program a kickstart.
The offensive experience is there, a few new parts will help the cause right away, and the defense might just maintain its normal high defensive standards, too.
Kent State Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Defensive tackle. It’s a new coaching staff, so it’s all about finding the best players for the right jobs, but losing Devante Lee off the nose and strong pass rusher Jon Cunningham hurts. Three of the starters are done off the D line that struggled against the run, but got into the backfield.
Kent State Biggest Issue
Scoring. And again, that’s why Lewis is here. He’s the young type of coaching talent who can figure out how to kickstart the nation’s second-worst scoring offense and finished 127th in total O. It all starts with a porous line that was the worst in the nation in allowing tackles for loss. The Golden Flashes have to protect …
Kent State Biggest Positive
Woody Barrett. A lot of hopes and prayers are being put into an untested quarterback who transferred in from Auburn. A big-time prospect, he went the JUCO route and now needs to do a little of everything for the attack – assuming he wins the job.
He’s built like a linebacker, can move, and has a big arm. Get ready for one of the nation’s least efficient passing games to be a whole lot better.
Really, Why Are The Kent State Golden Flashes Ranked Here?
Kent State won 11 games in 2012, and 14 in the four years after. There’s a ton of returning experience on offense, but it’s not like the talent from last year was all that great. The defense wasn’t anything special, either, in blowout loss after blowout loss. Lewis will help, Barrett will make a big difference, and it’ll still take a whole lot of work to be merely decent.