Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Kent State Golden Flashes season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Kent State Golden Flashes
Kent State has enjoyed just three winning seasons since its new head coach was born.
A lot of be made out of the age of Sean Lewis – a 31-year-old major college head football coach – but this hire is more about fire and energy.
The program needed to do something to get this thing going, considering it’s enjoyed just one winning campaign since 2001, and has won just 14 games over the last five seasons. And so it got a guy who knows how to crank up an offense.
Defense hasn’t been an issue for the Golden Flashes over the years, but generating any sort of a consistently decent offense has been a wee bit of a problem.
Kent State finished 127th in the nation in total offense, had the nation’s second-worst scoring attack, and failed to score more than 23 points against an FBS team and only came up with more than 17 points three times all year.
And now comes the FlashFast attack.
More tempo, more speed, more energy, more big plays, more chances, more, more, more.
That’s what you get with a young head coach and a young coaching staff working at a place that hasn’t had a whole lot of fun.
The skill players should be in place to start doing a whole lot more, helped by the addition of Auburn transfer Woody Barrett to push for the quarterback job. Now the line that allowed the most tackles for loss in college football has to start doing its job.
Size is a big problem on the defensive front, but the secondary has experience and can produce, and the linebacking corps should be one of the MAC’s best.
But as long as the offense starts to do something consistently well – anything consistently well – all of a sudden, Kent State football will finally be a whole lot better.
And it’ll try to do it fast.