Preview 2018: Kent State Golden Flashes. Get Ready for FlashFast

Preview 2018: Kent State Golden Flashes. Get Ready for FlashFast

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Preview 2018: Kent State Golden Flashes. Get Ready for FlashFast

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Best Kent State Offensive Player

RB Justin Rankin, Jr.
The ultra-quick 5-9, 206-pounder didn’t get a whole lot of room to move for the running game – finishing with just 490 yards and three scores.

But he was one of the team’s top receivers, catching 42 passes for 311 yards and two scores. He’ll thrive in the new attack that will play to his speed and his game – expect 200 touches and a whole lot of plays on the move.

2. QB Woody Barrett, Soph.
3. WR Trey Harrell, Jr.
4. QB Dustin Crum, Soph.
5. WR Jeremiah Salaam, Fr.

Best Kent State Defensive Player

LB Jim Jones, Sr.
After a solid sophomore year, the 6-1, 232-pounder blew up as the lead man on the strong defense. He led the team with 98 tackles with six sacks and eight tackles for loss in the All-MAC season.

The Tallahassee native should be the stat-sheet filler the team works around again, and while he’ll get to the passer, he’s mostly in charge of getting the job done against the run.

2. S Mandela Lawrence-Burke, Jr.
3. P Derek Adams, Jr.
4. DE Theo Ebiogbe, Sr.
5. DT Theo Majette, Jr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

QB Woody Barrett, Soph.
The Golden Flashes really, really, really need a decent year from a steady quarterback. Five players threw passes last year, six in 2016, and the offense hasn’t cranked up more than 2,000 yards through the air since 2014.

When one of your most accurate starting quarterbacks over the last ten years is Julian Edelman, there’s a problem.

The 6-2, 231-pound Barrett is a big bomber who was supposed to be a big deal at Auburn, transferred out, and now needs to be a star for a Kent State offense that, again, needs a good quarterback.

It’ll be a fight for the job, and no matter if it’s Barrett, or Dustin Crum, or anyone, one guy has to be THE guy.

Key Game To The Kent State Season

at Ball State, Sept. 29
The Golden Flashes are almost certainly going to lose at Illinois, Penn State and Ole Miss, and they should be good enough to beat Howard. And then they have to get hot right away in the MAC, with a win over Ball State being a big deal with what’s next.

It’s an ugly, ugly run, with seven road games in the first ten dates – they have to try stealing a win somewhere away from home. They haven’t beaten Ball State since 2012, and haven’t won in Muncie since 2001. This is the time to start.

2017 Kent State Fun Stats

– Sacks: Opponents 45 for 236 yards – Kent State 25 for 169 yards
– Red Zone TDs: Opponents 34 in 49 trips – Kent State 8 in 25 trips
– Total Touchdowns: Opponents 56 – Ketn State 18

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