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Kent State has never set the MAC world on fire with only one winning
season since 1987, but it wasn't brutally awful during the days when
Josh Cribbs was at quarterback. Then Cribbs left, the coaching staff
realized they didn't recruit enough decent running backs, and the
ground game ended up averaging 45.9 yards per game as the Golden
Flashes went 1-10 with the lone victory coming over SE Missouri
State. There was the indignity of losing to Ohio, and the nadir with
a 10-6 home loss to Buffalo.
Things should be on the upswing with the help of speedy new
running backs Tony Howard and Eugene Jarvis, an experienced group of
receivers and big Michael Machen throwing it, one of the league's
best secondaries, and Muir and Ferrell up front.
Head coach: Doug Martin
3rd year: 6-16
Off 21, Def 20, ST 2
Lettermen Lost: 13
Best KSU Players
1. DE Danny Muir, Sr.
2. CB Jack Williams, Jr.
3. DT Colin Ferrell, Jr.
4. CB Usama Young, Sr.
5. WR Najah Pruden, Sr.
6. SS Fritz Jacquies, Jr.
7. FS Andre Kirkland, Sr.
8. QB Michael Machen, Jr.
9. RB Tony Howard, Soph.
10. OT Augustus Parrish, Soph.
at Miami Univ.
at Bowling Green
at Virginia Tech
at Ball State
2005 Record: 1-10
2005 predicted wins
at Michigan St
SE Missouri St
Miami Univ. L 27-10
at Eastern Mich
at Navy L 34-31
Northern Illinois L 34-3
at Western Mich
Bowling Green L 24-14
So why does it seem like things are going to go horribly wrong yet
After averaging eight points per game over the final five games, it's
hard to believe the machine will instantly turn on. Even with the
newcomers, the running game still has to prove it can move the ball,
Machen has to prove he isn't a multi-interception game waiting to
happen, and the linebacking corps needs time to jell. There might be
talent to build around, but it didn't seem to matter last season.
Even with all the concerns, KSU plays in the MAC East, by far the easier
of the two divisions with games against Ohio and Buffalo to offset the
big boys like Bowling Green, Miami, and Akron. Finishing third in
the division is very possible, and if all the pieces come together, this
might be the team that makes college football's biggest turnaround in
the win column.
of the first five games are on the road with the load home date in the
opener against Minnesota. However, the last game in the four is at
Temple to start another interesting four game stretch with Ohio coming
to Dix Stadium and a trip to Buffalo to close it out. Eastern Michigan has to come to
Kent before the season finale at Ball State. In other words, outside of
games against the Gophers and at Virginia Tech, things aren't all that
Offensive Player: Senior WR Najah Pruden. He's a 60-yard bomb
waiting to happen, but the 6-3 speedster also has to be more of a steady
target. He's the team's best receiver with game-breaking ability and has
to make more big plays to open things up for the rest of the receivers.
Defensive Player: Senior DE Danny Muir. He bulked up to 285 pounds
and has grown into a whale of an all-around lineman. He's able to play
tackle and be among the best in the MAC, and now he'll move to the end
where he'll hopefully grow into even more of a pass rusher.
to a successful season: Redshirt freshman RB Eugene Jarvis and
sophomore RB Tony Howard. How bad was the Kent State running game? It
didn't just finish dead last in the nation, the second worst team, Ole
Miss, averaged 27 yards a game more than the Golden
Flashes. The 5-5 Jarvis and Howard, a Michigan State transfer, must use
their speed to balance out the offense.
will be a success if ... Kent State wins five games. There's enough experience to expect a
good year, and there's no reason not to get five wins when the schedule
has at Army, at Temple, Ohio, at Buffalo, Eastern Michigan and at Ball
September 9th at Miami University. The RedHawks are much better, but
this is an important MAC East game to see how the Golden Flashes stack
up with the best in the league. There will be such a thing as a good
loss if this is kept close before going to Bowling Green.
- Yards per carry: Opponents 4.2 - Kent State 1.8
- Time of possession: Opponents 34:11 - Kent State 25:47
- Opening day attendance at Michigan State: 73,949 - Attendance at the
five Kent State home games: 33,292:
The Last Time Kent
…played in a bowl game…1972 (Tangerine Bowl vs. Tampa)
…missed a bowl game…2005
…pitched a shutout…1994 (Ohio)
…was shutout…2002 (Ohio)
…scored 50 points…2004 (Eastern Michigan)
…won a conference title…1978 (MAC)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…never
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…2002 (Joshua Cribbs)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…1997 (Eugene Baker)
…had a first-round draft choice…never