Four Golden Flashes football players were honored for their outstanding spring performances during Saturday's Spring Game. They were:
The Jack Lambert Award is given each year to the defensive player who made the biggest improvement during spring practice. Named in honor of the 1972 MAC Defensive Player of the Year and NFL Hall of Famer, this year’s winner is red shirt freshman defensive back Kerrick Rhone.
The Don Nottingham Award is given annually to the offensive player who made the biggest improvement during spring practice. Named after the former Kent State fullback who played for the Super Bowl-winning Miami Dolphins, this year’s winner is sophomore quarterback Colin Reardon.
The Gerald and Victoria Read Award is given each spring to the player who exemplifies hard work and dedication beyond the call of duty. Named in honor of longtime Kent State supporters, this year’s recipient is sophomore defensive back Jordan Italiano.
The Leo Strang Award is given each school year to the upperclassmen with the highest cumulative grade point average and is named in honor of Kent State’s seventh head coach. This year’s winner is junior running back Anthony Meray, who carries a cumulative GPA of 3.89. Present Saturday to congratulate Meray was Strang’s son and former Kent State football player, Carter Strang.
The Matt Ramser Award is given annually to a member of the football team who best exemplifies the qualities of courage, dedication, attitude and commitment - the qualities that Ramser displayed during his fight with cancer after accepting a scholarship to Kent State. This year’s winner is fifth-year senior and offensive lineman Pat McShane, who was congratulated by Ramser's parents, Carl & Vicki Ramser.