It took all of camp to determine the winner, but senior Spencer Keith was finally named Kent State’s starting quarterback Wednesday morning following the conclusion of the Golden Flashes three-week preseason camp.
“We’d been going back and forth, it was a hard decision,” Flashes second-year coach Darrell Hazell said. “But I think Spencer did a good job of taking care of the ball this camp and making the right decisions to get us in the right plays.”
Although Keith was a three-year starter last season, he struggled mightily out of the gate behind a shaky offensive line. But personnel adjustments on the line helped Keith and the team responded with wins in four of their last five games.
“I knew after the beginning we had last year we were going to bring someone in and have competition,” Keith said. “I was happy with that because competition is always good to make you better. I felt like it definitely has made me better over the spring and fall.”
Still, Hazell and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Brian Rock spent the off season targeting depth at the position. They brought in California junior college transfer David Fisher and true freshman Colin Reardon (Poland Seminary) to compete with Keith for the job throughout pre-season camp.
“They made the decision extremely hard, they’ve all done a very good job of preparing and putting themselves in the position to be the guy,” Hazell said. “We started camp off and knew there’d be two guys (Keith and Fisher), then a third guy (Reardon) forced himself into the mix with his playing ability and his learning ability.”