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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

Kent State redshirt junior C Stefano Millin is "a tall but stout blocker who flashes skill blocking in motion and offers growth potential," according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Millin (6'5/291) started all 12 games last year, seeing action at both center and right tackle. He was recently named to Athlon Preseason All-MAC Team.
Jun 22 - 3:52 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes Kent State redshirt senior QB Nick Holley could make the NFL as a RB or WR.

"Holley is a solid athlete who’ll get consideration as a running back or receiver at the next level but needs a lot of work on his game," Pauline wrote. The 5-foot-10, 191-pound Holley is a dual-threat quarterback in name who is really more of a run-threat-only quarterback. He led the Flashes with 12 touchdowns (10 rushing, 2 receiving) and 920 rushing yards last year, adding 13 receptions for 135 yards before moving under center. Holley completed 49.3 percent of his passes for 868 yards and a 4/3 TD/INT rate.
Jun 20 - 1:25 PM

Kent State freshman OL Tyler Heintz passed away after collapsing following conditioning drills.

Heintz collapsed after conditioning drills on Tuesday morning. He was then taken to a local hospital before subsequently slipping away. The cause of death has not yet been determined. In a statement, the university said of the young man, "Tyler was from Kenton, Ohio, and planned to study marketing and entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration. Tyler was recruited as a rising star on our offensive line."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 13 - 11:02 PM

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


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