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2017 Kent State Golden Flashes Football: Schedule and Basic Information

Is this the year that Kent State turns it around?

NCAA Football: Kent State at Alabama Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

As we finish up July, I am going to be putting up a quick fact sheet and schedule for each team in our beloved Mid-American conference. Bookmark it and use it as a cheat sheet for the season, I know I will.

2012 seems like ancient history. Since that historic season, the Golden Flashes have failed to win more than 4 games in a single season. They open the season with Clemson, and finish the non-conference schedule with Louisville. Yikes.

Kent State Golden Flashes Cheat Sheet

Head Coach: Paul Haynes, 5th season. 12-35 at Kent State.

2016 record: 3-9.

2017 schedule:

Sat, Sept., 2 at Clemson Tigers

Sat, Sept., 9 Howard Bison

Sat, Sept., 16 at Marshall Thundering Herd

Sat, Sept., 23 at Louisville Cardinals

Sat, Sept., 30 Buffalo Bulls

Sat, Oct., 7 at Northern Illinois Huskies

Sat, Oct., 14 Miami RedHawks

Sat, Oct. 21 at Ohio Bobcats

Tue, Oct., 31 Bowling Green Falcons

Wed, Nov., 8 at Western Michigan Broncos

Tue, Nov., 14 Central Michigan Chippewas

Tue, Nov., 21 at Akron Zips

Key Returnees:

Nick Holley, Sr. QB/WR: An all around athlete, has 1569 career rushing yards. Threw for 868 yards last season, while rushing for 920.

Demetrius Monday, Sr., CB: Named to 2016 Thorpe watch list.

Jon Cunningham, Sr., DT: Named to the preseason 2017 Athlon All-MAC First Team.

News and Notes

  • Nick Holley has had an entire off season to prepare as the quarterback, so it will be interesting to see the improvements after being thrust into the role midway through last year.
  • Kent State was in multiple close games last season, losing 4 games by one possession. They also had a tough non-conference schedule, playing Alabama and Penn State. This may sound crazy, but I would not be shocked if Kent State is a 6+ win team this season.