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KSU's Kline had five offers to go pro, chose to go to New England

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 29, 2013

Former Kent State offensive lineman Josh Kline signed a free agent contract with the New England Patriots Saturday night, not long after the conclusion of the NFL draft. 

 

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KSU offensive lineman Kline signed as a free agent with Patriots, day after Winters drafted

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 28, 2013

Former Kent State offensive lineman Josh Kline signed with the New England Patriots as a priority free agent not long after the 2013 NFL Draft was completed Saturday evening.

 

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Notes from Saturday's KSU Spring Game

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 28, 2013

Here’s a few noteworthy items following Kent State’s annual Spring Game Saturday, that the Blue Team won 31-0 over the Gold Team:

 

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KSU football Spring Awards given to four players Saturday

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 28, 2013

Four Golden Flashes football players were honored for their outstanding spring performances during Saturday's Spring Game. They were:

 

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KSU LT Brian Winters drafted by the NY Jets in 3rd round of the NFL draft

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 26, 2013

Brian Winters had been lying low.

 

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Kent State Spring Practice, Report 13

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 25, 2013

Kent State’s offense struggled mightily in Wednesday morning’s practice, as the defense intercepted several passes thrown by different quarterbacks. Two of the passes picked off were by senior cornerbacks Darius Polk and Malcolm Pannell, both of whom have had good spring outings.  

“We were a little bit sloppy on offense today,” said first-year KSU football coach Paul Haynes. “It was good on the defensive side, but bad on the (offensive) side…Last year we got 38 turnovers and only had 12. There’s a big reason for that success. Today we almost had 12 (turnovers in practice).

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KSU players and new coaching staff have settled in during final week of spring practice

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 22, 2013

Back in December, many of the Flashes players felt like their world have been turned upside down with the announcement that second-year coach Darrell Hazell was taking a handful of his assistants and moving on to coach at Purdue.

 

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Kent State football: defense dominates jersey scrimmage

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 20, 2013

Saturday morning was Kent State's annual jersey scrimmage, with the winner getting to wear the home blue jerseys during practice and drills for another year. 

Aside from it being the first time this spring the offense and defense has gone 100 percent against one another, the Flashes had to deal with a bizarre snow flurry that hit midway through the scrimmage. Within about 10 minutes, the field was a thin blanket of white (check out twitter, @RyanLewisABJ, for a picture) and the wind picked up considerably. Then, 45 minutes later, the sun came out and the field was back to green again. 

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Middletown LB DeSean Foster commits to Kent State

By Ohio.com Published: April 19, 2013

Middletown senior outside linebacker DeSean Foster has committed to Kent State as a preferred walk-on, according to Cincinnati.com.

Foster is 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds. Middletown is a Division I program near Dayton.

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Kent State Football: Spring practice report; Reardon gets more time with 1s, impresses

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 19, 2013

The Golden Flashes were pushed inside by the rain for the first time this spring and took part in a slightly shortened practice in shells in the Fieldhouse. Tomorrow is KSU's jersey scrimmage and the first real test of the spring. It's also the first time new Kent State Head Coach PaulHaynes might be able to evaluate certain position battles, namely at quarterback. Below is a video of what Haynes is looking for tomorrow.

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KSU men's basketball team adds two for next season

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 18, 2013

Kent State men's basketball signed two transfers today for next season in Cleveland native Derek Jackson and Devin Carter (Champaign, Ill.).

 

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Kent State Spring Football Report, Day 8

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 15, 2013

Kent State’s special teams experienced resurgence under former coach Darrell Hazell, a trend new coach Paul Haynes looks to continue.

“How many games have you watched where special teams changes the game?” Haynes said. “That’s why it’s so important, and we’re putting a huge emphasis on it.”

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Kent State Football: Spring Practice Report - Kick scrimmage

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 13, 2013

After the Blue team defeated the gold team 34-27 in Kent State’s kick scrimmage Saturday morning at Dix Stadium, the players were pleasantly surprised to learn they were getting their 2012 championship rings from winning the Mid-American Conference East Division title last season.

 

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Kent State football: Spring Practice Report, Day 6

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 12, 2013

Things are, albeit slowly, started to come together. A couple of the players have talked about how a good portion of the playbook was thrown at them all at one time, but it's now starting to slow down. Guys can finally play football without thinking too much, though it's just the first baby step. The defense is still far ahead of the offense, but that's to be expected. New head coach Paul Haynes still talks about becoming a "championship team," how a changing of the culture still needs to take place in the program. Tomorrow will be the kicking scrimmage, a big day for Anthony Melchiori, who is already one of the better punters around but will also be handling the field-goal duties. Haynes says he looks more at the guys sprinting down field on punts and kickoffs, and who taps out first. 

Wollet's interceptions continue 

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Kent State football: Spring practice report, Day 5

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 10, 2013

Unfortunately for KSU, the story from Wednesday's practice didn't come on the field. Defensive tackle Roosevelt Nix had his left hand heavily wrapped and didn't participate in any drills, instead wearing sweats and a T-shirt. Nix says he broke his hand on Monday, already had surgery on it and will be back for the summer. His spring is likely done. 

Offense still feeling out new scheme

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Kent State football: spring practice report, day 3

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 5, 2013

There are always a lot of "firsts" when a new coaching regime takes over a team. First press conference. First team meeting. First workout. Tuesday was Paul Haynes' first practice and Friday was the first with the "shells," meaning shoulder pads only. He wasn't entirely pleased with the effort given. Monday will be the first day in full pads and next Friday will be the first time the team scrimmages a bit. KSU did get into it with the shells on with 7-on-7s and a couple periods of 11-on-11, if only at about 80-percent speed. 

Continuing the shuffling around that'll continue to happen along the offensive line, the left side stayed intact with the first three practices—Reno Reda at left tackle, Pat McShane at left guard and Phil Huff at center—but the right side was mixed up a bit. Max Plunkett got time with the first-team at right guard and Jason Bitsko was at right tackle. Anthony Pruitt was with the second-team at right guard. Terrell Johnson spent much of practice off to the side doing light workouts. More will be known about his status next week. 

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Video: Kent State football: Spring practice report, day 2

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 4, 2013

The second practice under Paul Haynes ran much smoother than the first. It was crisp, fewer balls hit the ground and the players know where to go. Haynes was again in a plain gray KSU sweatshirt and shorts. Above is a video of Haynes addressing his team on Day 2. 

Much of the focus, and where the most sorting-out needs to happen before week 1, is along the offensive line and at the quarterback spot. David Fisher, a senior JUCO transfer, hasn't gotten off to the best start. It's only spring practice—but many of Fisher's throws today came in low and/or behind his receiver, especially during a drill that put the QBs on the run. In that drill, he threw three passes to his receiver's feet and then overcompensated and overshot his next throw. Sophomore Colin Reardon was a little cleaner but not perfect. Later, in a 7-on-7 drill, Reardon was picked off on a long post pattern by corner Malcolm Pannell, who held onto the ball after getting colliding with two safeties. Incoming freshman Nathan Strock, who will be in camp in the fall, might be the darkhorse to win the starting job, he of Tri-Valley High School. 

Haynes again reiterated that he's looking for a game-manager, a field general, in his quarterback rather than a guy who'll go out and try to win games with his arm. "Just manage the game," he said. It looks like arm strength might take a back seat to staying clean, accepting the check-downs and not making the big mistakes. 

O-Line Movement

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Kent State football: spring practice report, Day 1

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 2, 2013

New head coach Paul Haynes separated himself from the ways of Darrell Hazell pretty quickly on Day 1 of spring football practice. 

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