The Kent State Golden Flashes have not had a winning season since 2012 and, even then, that’s the only time they’ve done it in the last eight years. It’s a tale as old as time for Flashes fans, really.
Kent State’s next stop in their attempt to end that streak is at Dix Stadium when they host FCS school Howard. Howard, a school out of Washington D.C. with an enrollment of just over 10,000, has not had a winning season since 2012 either. However, the Bison are coming off a 43-40 upset over the Mountain West’s UNLV despite being outnumbered in both passing and rushing yards; a matchup in which they were the underdogs by 45 points.
Players to Watch
Kaylin Newton, Howard- Brother to the Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton, the Bison’s starter is a true freshman that is considered to be a good get. In the matchup in Las Vegas last week, Newton threw for 140 yards on 15 completions with just one interception. Not only can he pass, but Newton also ran for 194 yards on 21 attempts with one touchdown. It’s always tricky for a defensive coordinator to gameplan against such a versatile quarterback, and Kaylin Newton is just that. He’s a key player this week for Howard, and it’s not just because he’s the quarterback that he’s a player to keep an eye on.
Derek Adams, Kent State- Yes, he’s the punter. No, that is not a good reason to leave him off this list. Kent State punted a lot at Clemson last week. If anything good came out of that game, it’s that Adams punted for 511 yards (!) on 11 attempts. That’s an average of 46.5 yards per punt, and four of those were 50+ yard punts. This is not to say the offense is going to break down again, but it’s always good to know your team has someone that’s good at what they do at the back end of the long snap.
Where: Dix Stadium, Kent, Ohio.
When: 3:30 EST on Saturday, September 9th
Where to Watch: ESPN3 with Michael Reghi and Jerod Cherry on the call.