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Kent State senior QB Nick Holley rushed for just four yards on 13 carries while throwing for 127 yards and a touchdown in Tuesday's 42-3 loss to Bowling Green.

Holley has been a jack-of-all-trades this season, contributing as a running back, wideout and quarterback. The 5-foot-10, 191-pounder's rushing out of the quarterback position has been by far his greatest asset, though, as he had rolled to 916 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground over the first 10 games prior to smacking into a wall on Tuesday. Somewhat predictably, once Kent State eliminated the threat of Holley as a runner, his passing just couldn't hold the weight. The 5-foot-10, 191-pounder will try to bounce back in the regular season finale against Northern Illinois next Friday. At 3-8, there will be no postseason bowl berth for the Golden Flashes in 2016.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 12:40:00 PM

Kent State senior QB Nick Holley rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while throwing for 75 yards and an interception in Tuesday's 37-21 loss to Western Michigan.

As tends to be the case with Holley, the passing work here left a bit to be desired. But the running, oh the running. The 5-foot-10, 191-pounder has surpassed 140 yards on the ground in each of his last three games. He has rushed for 916 yards and 10 touchdowns through 10 games. Considering that he rushed for a combined 47 yards over his first four games, his work over the last six has been downright phenomenal.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 03:31:00 PM

Kent State senior S Nate Holley has been suspended indefinitely after he was charged with felony kidnapping.

Not much information is known at this juncture. The incident in question allegedly occurred last week. A preliminary hearing is in the cards for the near future. This is a killer blow for the Golden Flashes, as the 5-foot-11, 208-pound Holley has been a tackling machine this season, registering 110 stops (4.5 TFL) and a sack. His 80 solo tackles lead the FBS.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 01:44:00 PM

Kent State senior QB/RB/WR Nick Holley rushed for 144 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries while throwing for 102 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 27-24 win over Central Michigan.

Holley's work in the passing game leaves much to be desired -- he is averaging just a shade over 141 yards through the air in his four starts at quarterback -- but his rushing prowess alone has been legitimately impressive. The 5-foot-10, 191-pound senior has surpassed 100 yards rushing in four of his last five games, picking up a total of 728 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground in that space.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 04:11:00 PM

Kent State senior QB/RB/WR Nick Holley (concussion) rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown on 41 carries while completing 12-of-29 passes for 101 yards in Saturday's 14-10 loss to Ohio.

Holley sustained a concussion late in last weekend's game against Miami (OH), but he was medically cleared for play late in the practice week leading up to Saturday's date with Ohio. If there were any lingering concerns about the 5-foot-10, 191-pounder's health, they didn't show in the game plan. His 40 rushing attempts represented his highest total of the season. Those in very deep fantasy formats should consider a waiver-wire flier, here. Holley has rushed for at least 100 yards in three of his last four games and has scored eight rushing touchdowns in his last four contests. Just don't expect much on the passing front.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 04:33:00 PM

Kent State senior QB/RB/WR Nick Holley (concussion) has been medically cleared to play in Saturday's showdown with Ohio.

Holley initially suffered a head injury in the fourth quarter of last weekend's 18-14 loss to Miami (OH). It appears he has passed through the concussion protocol without much issue, though. The 5-foot-10, 191-pound senior leads the Golden Flashes in rushing with 472 yards and seven touchdowns, but has contributed across the board, having also caught 13 passes for 135 yards and a pair of scores. And in the last three games, he has started at quarterback, throwing for 465 yards with a 2/1 TD/INT ratio in that space.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 08:37:00 PM

Kent State senior QB/RB/WR Nick Holley completed 7-of-11 passes for 91 yards and an interception while rushing for 84 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in Saturday's 18-14 loss to Miami (OH).

Not much doing for Holley through the air, but he was slightly more successful on the ground. Neither team would score in the first quarter, leaving it to the versatile senior to snap the scoreless tie with his two-yard touchdown run near the end of the first half. The 5-foot-10, 191-pounder would dance into the end zone from 21 yards out with nine minutes remaining in the third quarter to account for his other score on the afternoon. Holley has now scored nine touchdowns between rushing and receiving while throwing for an additional two touchdowns for the season as a whole.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 05:44:00 PM

Kent State senior QB/RB/WR Nick Holley is "doing his best Julian Edelman impersonation," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

The Golden Flashes moved Holley, a former RB/WR hybrid, to QB last week. Holley ended up rushing for 224 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries in Saturday's 44-20 victory over Buffalo. "The 5-10, 190-pound senior has impressive quickness and vision," wrote McShay.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 07:51:00 PM

Kent State senior RB Nick Holley rushed for 224 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries in Saturday's 44-20 win over Buffalo.

Holley scored from 67 yards out in the first quarter, just a little tease for what he would do in the game's remainder. His other three touchdowns would come in the second half. While the 5-foot-10, 191-pounder was downright awesome on Saturday, his work leading up to that game has been far less noticeable. He entered the contest having rushed for just 164 yards and a touchdown in five games. 117 of those yards came against Akron last weekend.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 09:56:00 PM

Kent State redshirt freshman QB Mylik Mitchell will miss the remainder of the 2016 season due to a right wrist injury.

This according to The Record-Courier's Allen Moff. While the Golden Flashes have yet to confirm that Mitchell has been lost for the season, HC Paul Haynes brought up the possibility of a broken right wrist earlier in the practice week. Prior to suffering the injury against Alabama this weekend, the 6-foot-3, 194-pounder had passed for 363 yards with a 5/1 TD/INT ratio. To make matters worse, freshman gunslinger Justin Agner -- who started the opener against Penn State -- remains sidelined by an undisclosed injury. With Mitchell and Agner out injured, redshirt sophomore George Bollas will handle starting duties for the foreseeable future. There is no fantasy intrigue here.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 03:03:00 PM

Kent State S Nate Holley is the No. 82 player in Pro Football Focus' college football player rankings.

Holley is a two-time All-MAC First Team selection who has made 315 career tackles. He's also a two-time member of the Academic All-MAC Team who was recently named to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, an award given to the national defensive player of the year. "Mostly a glorified linebacker for Kent State, Holley makes plays around the line of scrimmage as his run stop percentage of 7.7 ranked seventh in the nation to go with a run stopping grade that finished second to only Duke’s Jeremy Cash," wrote Steve Palazzolo. Holley isn't one-dimensional. He had a top-25 coverage showing last year, per PFF's grades.
Sat, Jul 9, 2016 09:56:00 AM

Kent State coach Paul Haynes doesn't know if junior RB Nick Holley (hip/back) will play again this season.

Holley hasn't played since the Minnesota game in mid-September because of a hip and back issue. Haynes classified Holley's injury status as being a long-term thing but gave no further update. The Flashes (3-5, 2-2 MAC) have a bye this week. "We’ve got a lot of guys banged up, we’ve got a lot of guys bruised up, so it’ll be good for us to get a little bit of a break," Haynes said. "We’ve got a lot of [injured] shoulders, we’ve got a lot of [injured] ankles. My stance on it is we’re going to take some days off, and then we’ll get back at it at the end of the week."
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 08:31:00 PM

Kent State HC Paul Haynes said that redshirt senior K April Goss will play this season.

"Before this year's out, she'll get out there. I promise you that," said Haynes. A former soccer player, Goss walked-on for the Golden Flashes in 2012. She's currently the only female player on a Division I football roster. When asked about the possibility of playing this season, she said, "That's something that I've been hoping for a while now," before adding that she understands she needs to be patient.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 08:20:00 PM

Wednesday's game between Buffalo and Kent State has been canceled by snow.

The pre-Thanksgiving blizzard that has crushed the East Coast has dumped five feet of snow on Buffalo and has caused the MAC to cancel Wednesday's game. This, unfortunately, also cancels the school's plan to give free hot chocolate to all who braved the elements. The game will be rescheduled and played either on Thursday or at some later date when the ground is not covered in five feet of snow.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 05:49:00 PM

Kent State starting redshirt junior C Jason Bitsko died unexpectedly on Wednesday.

Obviously this is terrible news. Bitsko was found unresponsive in his apartment and the cause of death is not known. He started 12 games at right tackle in 2013. Our condolences go out to Bitsko's family and the Kent State program. The center's last tweet read: "There are 86,400 seconds in a day. Make sure you use one of those to thank god for everything you have."
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 01:43:00 PM

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