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Redshirt Freshman Colin Reardon Wins Kent State Quarterback Battle

The redshirt freshman has earned the starting quarterback job, but by no means is his position safe.

Kent State has found its replacement for Spencer Keith, but maybe only temporarily.
Kent State has found its replacement for Spencer Keith, but maybe only temporarily.

First year Kent State head coach Paul Haynes has made one thing very clear: Even though he's named Colin Reardon the starting quarterback, he could take the job from the redshirt freshman at any point if Haynes feels he doesn't deserve it.

Reardon emerged from fall camp Monday as the victor in the position battle to replace Spencer Keith as the Golden Flashes' quarterback, beating out pre-camp favorite, senior David Fischer. But Reardon's position isn't safe, the starter will be determined on a weekly basis, and any given day Reardon could lose the job.

"(Reardon) was ahead in what I call the ‘it’ factor. But he threw an interception today, so he may not be ahead tomorrow," Haynes told Akron Beacon-Journal reporter Stephanie Storm Tuesday.

"It’s not just a line we’re trying to feed you. It really is something that is day-to-day because until it’s final, until we really feel great about it, we’ll set it every day," he added.

Reardon is taking over an offense on a team coming off its best season ever. He's also an incredibly young one who has yet to take a live snap in a game. Then factor in that his head coach doesn't sound all that convinced in him being the team's starter, and it adds up to a possibly tricky situation for everyone involved.

But, with arguably the best running back duo in the nation behind him, Reardon has a huge advantage on his side. He won't be expected to carry this offense, instead he'll be more of a facilitator. Plus, with his ability to be a threat in the running game as well, he can actually add another layer to an already dangerous Golden Flashes' offense.

So, even with the added pressure of being stuck in a constant position battle, it's Reardon's job to lose at this point. As long as he can help draw some attention from Dri Archer and Trayion Durham, and help them make plays, he should be alright. Plus he benefits from an easy season opener to warm up to being an FBS starting quarterback. Kent State opens its season against the FCS level Liberty Flames on Thursday, Aug. 29.

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