2012 Kent State Preview

Posted Jul 27, 2012

CollegeFootballNews.com 2012 Preview - Kent State Golden Flashes

Offense: Will the Golden Flash offense finally start to work? After finishing second-to-last in the nation in yards and 114th in scoring offense with no passing game whatsoever and a ground attack that didn't go anywhere. Spencer Keith might be a veteran quarterback, but he's fighting hard to keep his job with former Nevada dual-threat option David Fisher providing a big push. Trayion Durham did a nice job trying to carry the running game as a true freshman with good power and workhorse potential, while Dri Archer provides the speed and flash if he can get a little room to move. Tyshon Goode is a big-play target who needs to start making more big plays – he needs better quarterback play and needs more help from the rest of the receiving corps. The line that failed to generate enough of a push gets three decent starters back led by All-MAC left tackle Brian Winters.
Defense: Once again, the defense did what it could to pick up a floundering offense finishing 21st in the nation with an aggressive group that's great at getting into the backfield. Eight starters return with pass rushing terror Roosevelt Nix commanding double and triple teaming leaving several other options free. There are plenty of options among the rest of the front three, but it's the deep veteran linebacking corps that should get the biggest spotlight with Luke Batton in the middle and C.J. Malauulu as good and as active as any pair in the MAC. If the linebackers aren't the team's strongest unit it'll be a terrific secondary with three returning starters and veteran senior Norman Wolfe taking over the vacant corner job.