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Kent State redshirt junior QB George Bollas will start against Louisville on Saturday.

This was expected and has now been confirmed by HC Paul Haynes. The Golden Flashes are in a dire spot at quarterback with Nick Holley set to miss the remainder of the regular season due to a torn ACL sustained against Marshall over the weekend. Freshman QB Dustin Crum is also in the mix at quarterback and could see starting action as the season continues to unfold, but Haynes said that the plan for Saturday is that Bollas will play the entire game.
Sep 21 - 5:34 PM

Kent State junior LB Matt Bahr (knee) is out for the season.

A converted safety, Bahr injured his knee against Howard a few weeks ago. He made nine tackles in the Flashes’ season opener against Clemson.
Sep 20 - 2:10 PM

Kent State redshirt junior QB George Bollas is likely to start against Louisville on Saturday.

Bollas should get the first crack at the starting job after senior quarterback Nick Holley went down with a season-ending ACL tear in Saturday’s loss at Marshall. However, Allen Moff of the Record-Courier believes true freshman Dustin Crum will also "see significant action at quarterback." Either way, without Holley, Kent State now probably has the FBS' worst offense.
Sep 19 - 3:56 PM

Kent State HC Paul Haynes revealed that junior RB Myles Washington (undisclosed) suffered a potentially serious injury at Marshall on Saturday.

No further details were provided. A backup in Kent's run-oriented offense, Washington had 18 carries for 35 yards through the first three games.
Sep 19 - 2:15 PM

Kent State redshirt senior QB Nick Holley (ACL) will miss the rest of the season.

Holley's Monday MRI results confirmed Kent State's worst fear: That he'd suffered a torn ACL in Saturday’s loss at Marshall. This marks the third straight year that the fifth-year senior has suffered a season-ending injury. There's a chance that the NCAA would grant a sixth-year of eligibility due to medical hardship, but the Record-Courier notes that a "decision on whether or not to explore that opportunity has not yet been made." Since shifting from WR to QB at the beginning of conference play last year, Holley ran for 100 yards or more in six of the eight games he started and finished.
Sep 19 - 1:22 PM

Kent State redshirt senior Nick Holley (knee) will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Holley left Saturday's game against Marshall in the first quarter with a knee injury. He has a history of knee injuries, injuring the other one late last season and missing the 2016 finale. That injury required offseason surgery. George Bollas would be in line to start if Holley misses time.
Sep 18 - 3:03 PM

Kent State redshirt senior Nick Holley left Saturday's game against Marshall with an undisclosed injury.

Holley (5'10/191) did not return after getting injured in the first half. George Bollas replaced him under center.
Sep 16 - 9:59 PM

Kent State HC Paul Haynes returned to work after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer.

"It was found during a regular checkup last summer," said Haynes. "There are really no common side effects with prostate cancer, so that checkup probably saved my life." Offensive coordinator Don Treadwell had been serving as interim head coach in the Golden Flashes first two games. He'll likely be back on the sidelines for Saturday's game against Marshall.
Sep 11 - 6:27 PM

Kent State HC Paul Haynes is taking a medical leave of absence from the team.

"We fully support head coach Paul Haynes during his leave. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Haynes family as we look forward to his return to Kent State," said AD Joel Nielsen in a statement. Haynes is expected to resume coaching in the vicinity of two-to-three weeks. In his absence, OC Don Treadwell will be serving as interim head coach. Treadwell will have his work cut out for him this weekend, as the Golden Flashes will be taking on the defending champion Clemson Tigers to open the season.
Aug 28 - 1:03 PM

Kent State redshirt sophomore QB Mylik Mitchell suffered a right knee injury in practice on Tuesday.

Mitchell started the first three games of the 2016 season before being waylaid by a right wrist injury at the end of September. Nick Holley then took over for him and is set to start once more during the coming campaign. There is no immediate timetable for Mitchell's return.
Aug 11 - 3:15 PM

Kent State hired former TE O.J. Santiago to serve as tight ends coach.

Santiago played tight end with the Golden Flashes from 1994-1996 and went on to have a nine-year career in the NFL. This will be his first on-field coaching job. "He brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm," said HC Paul Haynes in a statement. "And when you put together his experience in the NFL, the fact that he put on this uniform and his time with the team last year, it really excites our guys"
Aug 7 - 5:17 PM

Kent State redshirt senior QB Nick Holley is fully recovered from the knee injury he sustained last November.

Holley (5'10/191) injured his knee against Bowling Green in the Golden Flashes' second-to-last game of the 2016 campaign. He subsequently underwent surgery and sat out spring practice while on the recovery trail. Said the redshirt senior, "My physician said it was the best knee he'd seen in 30 years, and my recovery was fast. I was cleared in four-and-a-half months. I've been full-go for awhile now. I'm ready to go." This past season, Holley saw work at quarterback, running back and receiver, throwing for 868 yards with a 4/3 TD/INT ratio while rolling up 920 rushing yards and 10 ground scores. He also caught 13 passes for 135 yards. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes he has NFL upside as a running back or wideout.
Jul 27 - 4:56 PM

Kent State sophomore RB Justin Rankin led the team in receptions last year as a true freshman walk-on.

Rankin posted 511 yards rushing as a true freshman and added a team-best 335 yards receiving on 28 catches despite battling injuries. He was a revelation on what was otherwise a horrendous offense, flashing explosiveness. The Golden Flashes intend to become even more run-oriented this fall with Nick Holley at quarterback for the entire season. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom believes Rankin is a legitimate fantasy sleeper in deeper leagues, especially PPR formats.
Source: SB Nation
Jul 8 - 12:52 PM

Kent State TE coach and special teams coordinator Dave McMichael has retired.

McMichael has been a coach for 42 years, initially getting his start as a graduate assistant with Bowling Green in 1975. He spent much of his subsequent career at West Virginia. In a statement, McMichael said, "I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Paul Haynes, the coaches I’ve worked with and the wonderful players I’ve had the privilege of coaching." Kent State has not announced an immediate replacement for McMichael on their staff.
Jun 30 - 8:16 PM

Kent State junior WR Antwan Dixon was released from the hospital after receiving a bone marrow transplant from his father.

Dixon was diagnosed with aplastic amenia in high school. While he was able to play as a freshman in 2015 -- logging a 26-355-1 receiving line that season -- a recurrence of the anemia prevented him from playing football or even attending classes last autumn. He received the bone marrow transplant from his father on April 13 and had been in the hospital for the past two months prior to being released last Wednesday. Dixon remains on scholarship with the Golden Flashes and hopes to play football again, though he still has a long road of recovery ahead of him before that might be a possibility.
Jun 22 - 5:53 PM

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