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Kitchen and Anzevino stand out at KSU Pro Day

by Stephanie Storm on March 7, 2012

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Golden Flashes receiver Sam Kirkland put up the best numbers of the day, but it was two big guys who stole the show.

 With scouts from the Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins in attendance at Kent State football’s Pro Day, senior defensive lineman Ishmaa’ily Kitchen and senior center Chris Anzevino garnered the most attention.

 Kitchen, a 334-pounder from Youngstown (Cardinal Mooney) spent the last two months in Dallas training at a facility and his slimmed-down physique showed.  

 “My agent told me to go out there to get lean, eat healthy and just focus on Pro Day,” said Kitchen, who shed 15 pounds from his playing weight. “It helped because I felt I did real well.”

 Kitchen did 35 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press, ran a 5.34 in the 40-yard dash and measured 31 inches in the vertical leap.

 “I loved how he performed out there,” said KSU coach Darrell Hazell, who is preparing for his second season at the helm of the Flashes. “It’s the one day you have to shine and Ish put a lot of preparation into it. On Pro Day, you gotta be right on and I thought he was.”

 Kirkland had the best numbers of all the players Wednesday at KSU’s Fieldhouse. The fifth-year senior was tops in the 40-yard dash (4.47), the broad jump (10.10) and vertical leap (44 inches).

 Anzevino, who had been training with former Browns and All-Pro center LeCharles Bentley, also had a strong showing. He was tops in bench pressed with 36 reps, which would have ranked him second among all offensive linemen at last month’s NFL Combine. His 40-yard dash (5.1), vertical leap (31 ½) and short shuttle time (4.6) would also have ranked in the top four at the combine.

 “I thought I put up some good numbers and am just very glad to have this opportunity,” Anzevino said. “I’m just trying to pursue my dreams.”

 Other KSU seniors also worked out for the pro scouts. Among them were defensive lineman Lee Stalker, punter Matt Rinehart, running back Jacquise Terry and receiver C.J. Matthews.

WELCOME BACK – In addition to this past season’s seniors, two players from two seasons ago also returned to work out in safety Brian Lainhart and running back Andre Flowers.

Lainhart signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals after his senior season but was released after the pre season. He said worked out last month for the Patriots and was asked to work out at his alma mater for the Browns.

Lainhart also said former Flashes linebacker and good buddy Cobrani Mixon had been offered a job in the CFL. He didn’t know if Mixon had accepted.

 SIDELINED – Junior kicker Freddy Cortez made an appearance at the Fieldhouse to watch his former teammates work out, but needed crutches to get around after having surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

 “They said to take my time recovering, but I want to get back in time for spring ball because I want to punt too,” he said. “So, well see.”

NEW FOOTBALL ALLIGNMENT– After five seasons (2007-11) as a member of the MAC in football only, Temple University left the conference Wednesday after negotiating a $6 million exit fee.

With Temple’s exit, Bowling Green will move back to the East Division, where it had been previously before being moved to the West to accommodate newcomer UMass. The realignment divides the league’s 13 teams into seven in the East Division (Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, UMass, Miami and Ohio) and six in the West (Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan).

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KSU's Greene repeats as MAC First teamer

by Stephanie Storm on March 7, 2012

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Four Flashes made the MAC All-League team Wednesday, led by first-team honoree and senior forward Justin Greene. Senior guard Michael Porrini (Massillon) was a third team selection and junior guard Randal Holt (Cleveland) and senior guard Carlton Guyton received honorable mention nods.

The honors mark the first time since 2008 and only the third time (2002, 2008, 2012) in school history that Kent State has had four players on the All-Conference teams.

Greene became the eighth two-time First Teamer in KSU history. He finished the season ranked fourth in the league with 15.4 points per game during conference play. The only active player in the MAC with career totals of over 1,000 points, 100 blocks and 100 steals, Greene also added 6.7 rebounds per game this season. In addition to his first-team honors the past two seasons, Greene was a second team selection as a sophomore in 2010.

Porrini, the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, earned his second All-MAC nod is as many seasons following last year's honorable mention season. This year he was the only player in the MAC to average better than nine points, five assists and four rebounds during league play.  Overall, he averaged 8.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.9 steals while shooting 38-percent from 3-point range.  

The MAC's 2011 Sixth-Man of the Year, Guyton averaged  10.6 points and 3.8 assists per game this season, while leading the team in minutes played.  He came on strong down the stretch of league play, averaging 13.0 points over the final nine games.  

Holt was also tabbed honorable mention after averaging 12.6 points on the season and 13.4 points during MAC play.  His 65 three-pointers are the fourth most by any player in the league this season.  

Here are all the 2012 MAC Teams:

All-MAC Team
All-MAC First Team
Mitchell Watt, Buffalo
Javon McCrea, Buffalo
Justin Greene, Kent State
Julian Mavunga, Miami
D.J. Cooper, Ohio
 
All-MAC Second Team
Zeke Marshall, Akron
Alex Abreu, Akron
Jarrod Jones, Ball State
Austin Calhoun, Bowling Green
Rian Pearson, Toledo
 
All-MAC Third Team
Nikola Cvetinovic, Akron
Scott Thomas, Bowling Green
Trey Zeigler, Central Michigan
Darrell Lampley, Eastern Michigan
Michael Porrini, Kent State
 
Honorable Mention
Randal Holt, Kent State
Carlton Guyton, Kent State
Ivo Baltic, Ohio
Walter Offutt, Ohio
Curtis Dennis, Toledo
Flenard Whitfield, Western Michigan
 
All-Freshman Team
Aaron Adeoye, Ball State
Austin McBroom, Central Michigan
Brian Sullivan, Miami
Abdel Nader, Northern Illinois
Julius Brown, Toledo

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Poor second half does in Flashes again

by Stephanie Storm on March 2, 2012

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After starting Friday's regular-season finale against rival Akron with the kind of defensive pressure that lends itself to Kent State's favorite offense – easy baskets in transition – the host Flashes forgot that important lesson come the second half.

Despite owning a 27-18 lead at halftime in front of a nationally televised ESPN2 audience, KSU sat back and all but watched the rival Zips race out to an unanswered 22-2 run that handed the Flashes a disheartening 61-55 loss in front of a sell-out  crowd on Senior Night.

"We had a god formula for 20 minutes and we had a good formula for 28 minutes," KSU coach Rob Senderoff said. "But you gotta do it the entire game."

Senderoff was referring to playing  with a consistent defensive pressure for two halves, not just one, as has proven to be KSU's Achilles Heel all season long.

It continued Friday at the M.A.C. Center, as the Flashes (20-10 overall, 10-6 in the Mid-American Conference) had no answer for Akron's second-half run before a couple desperation 3-pointers in the final minute made the game appear closer at the end than it really was.

The loss cost KSU a chance to move up to a No. 3 seed in next week's MAC Tournament and kept them from clinching the school's fourth undefeated MAC home record.

Instead,  Akron (21-10, 13-3) raced back to James A. Rhodes Arena to cut down the nets after clinching the MAC regular season title outright.

The game began on a promising note for the Flashes, as Senior Night brought out the best out out of senior point guard Mike Porrini. His aggressive slashing to the basket early on resulted in him scoring 6 of KSU's first 12 points as the Flashes defense was at its best.

In fact,  KSU's defensive pressure led to Akron shooting 7-for-24 in the first half, including going 0-for-7 from 3-point range and committing 14 first-half turnovers.

After enduring an 8-minute and 25-second scoring drought, UA shook off its offensive funk and a quick 10-0 run put them right back in it, tying the game 18-18 with 4:36 to go in the half.

But the Flashes answered with a 9-0 spurt of their own to close out the half, taking a 27-18 lead at halftime despite Akron having its way with senior forward Justin Greene (0-for-3 shooting with only 3 rebounds).

Then the second half started – and it was over for Kent State.

 

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Football National Signing Day, 24 players in

by Stephanie Storm on February 1, 2012

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The names came in at a fast and furious pace this morning, as Kent State's 2012 recruiting class took shape. By 10 am all but one of the expected 25-man class had faxed in their National Letters of intent.

Here's the list:

1) QB David Fisher (juco player from California committed in Dec.)

2) OL Jake Witucki (Pennsylvania)

3) OL Tad France (Elyria)

4) TE Kyle Crum  (Minerva)

5) QB Colin Reardon (Poland Seminary)

6) LB  Mathew Dellinger (Michigan)

7) S Jordan Italiano (Canfield)

8) OL Alex Nielsen (Amherst

9) WR James Brooks (Florida)

10) DB Jamal Roberts (Florida)

11) DT Chris Fairchild (Oak Hill)

12) P/K Anthony Melchiori (Aurora)

13) RB C.J. Braithwaite (Michigan)

14) DB Kerrick Rhone (Texas)

15) WR Charles Chandler (Columbus)

16) RB Julian Durden (Pennsylvania)

17) DB Jason O'Bryan (Madison)

18) DE Colton Kmetz (Maryland)

19) DB Adam Maxie (Texas)

20) DE Reno Reda (Pataskala)

21) OF ATHLETE William Woods (Cleveland)

22) TE Brice Fackler (Kenton)

23) DB Keenan Stalls (Florida)

24) DE Jake Kincaid (Pickerington)

 

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 The Kent State men's basketball team will host the College of Charleston Feb. 18th as part of the 10th annual BracketBusters event.

 The game time is expected to be announced next week.  

The Golden Flashes are 1-1 all-time against Charleston, with the last meeting coming in 2003, a 71-66 Cougars' victory at the M.A.C. Center in the National Invitation Tournament.  

During the game, KSU will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2002 NCAA "Elite 8" team. At halftime, former Golden Flashes’ All-American Antonio Gates and others from the team that produced the best record in Mid-American Conference history will be honored.  

Kent State is 14-6 overall and 4-3 in the MAC. Charleston, of the Big South Conference, is 12-9, 4-6 in the South Division. 

Kent State is 6-3 all-time in BracketBuster games and one of only 11 programs to have been part of the event since its inception for in 2003.  As part of the agreement all home teams, will play a “return” game at the home facility of their opponent.

 

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Chris Evans is MAC Player of the Week

by Stephanie Storm on January 30, 2012

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Kent State junior forward Chris Evans was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week Monday.

Evans, who is shooting a league-high 64 percent in league play, led the Golden Flashes to a pair of victories last week,  averaging 18.5 points per game while shooting 83 percent (15-for-18) from the field.  The 6-foot-7 Evans also chipped in 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocks, and 2.5 steals per game, giving KSU a plus-45 advantage in points scored in 53 minutes of action.   

Against Northern Illinois, Evans had 14 points, four rebounds and three blocked shots in 27 minutes of play, helping lead the Flashes to a 90-56 victory. Three days later he recorded a career-high 23 points on 9-for-10 shooting from the field, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range in a 77-61 win over Toledo.  Evans threw in six rebounds, four steals and three assists in the Flashes first road victory of the season, three of  the steals coming during a decisive 11-0 run in the second half.

Heading into Tuesday's game at Central Michigan, Evans is averaging 15.6 points and shooting 72.7 percent over his last five games. 

 

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Greene claims MAC Player of the Week honors

by Stephanie Storm on January 16, 2012

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Kent State's senior forward Justin Greene picked up his 10th career Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week honor Monday after averaging 23 points and helping lead the Golden Flashes to a 2-0 week with a sweep of Miami and Bowling Green.  

A six-time recipient of the award last season, the 6-foot-8 Greene added to his career total with his first such honor of this season.   

Wednesday, Greene recorded his first 20-point effort of the year with 23 points against visiting Miami. Not only was he the high scorer, Greene  also made the game-winning basket with 23 seconds left as the Flashes rallied from a seven-point deficit with six minutes left on route to a 71-67 victory.

Greene followed up that performance with another 23-point output Saturday, powering the Flashes to a 92-87 win against visiting  Boweling Green. Fourteen of his his points came in the last 14 minutes of the first half, as Kent State turned a seven-point deficit into an 18-point lead (45-27) lead by out scoring the Falcons 38-12.

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Reardon reportedly commited to play football at KSU

by Stephanie Storm on January 14, 2012

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Poland Seminary senior quarterback Collin Reardon has reportedly made a verbal commitment to play football at Kent State, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

Reardon, who is listed at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, also had offers from Miami University and Youngstown State.

Reardon had previously made a verbal commitment to Miami University this past summer, according to online reports.

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Three KSU football players make Academic All-MAC team

by Stephanie Storm on January 14, 2012

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For the second consecutive season, three KSU football players were named to the 2011 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Football Team Friday. 

Senior running back Jacquise Terry earned academic all-conference accolades for the third consecutive year and was joined on the first team by junior quarterback Spencer Keith and senior punter Matt Rinehart.

Terry, who was one of five three-time selections on this year’s squad, owns a 3.55 GPA as an aeronautics major. The two-time Academic All-American averaged 4.9 yards per carry and had a pair of receiving and rushing touchdowns for the Golden Flashes.  He ended his Kent State career with over 2,300 yards of offense along with 18 touchdowns.

Keith has a 3.82 GPA as a mathematics major and a member of Kent State’s Honors College.  The junior started all 12 games at quarterback for the second consecutive season, throwing for 1,682 yards and 11 touchdowns while rushing for three more scores. He currently ranks third in career passing yards (6,041), passing touchdowns (33) and completions (549).

Rinehart maintains a 3.43 GPA as a nursing major. The senior averaged 42.8 yards per punt – the highest single season average in KSU history – to close his career with a 41.8 average, which is also tops among Kent State punters.  He was a two-time All-MAC First Team selection.

The team was voted on by faculty athletic representatives at MAC institutions.  A total of 35 student-athletes were named to the 2011 team.  In order to be eligible for the Academic All-MAC team, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.20 grade point average and participate in more than 50 percent of the team’s games during the season. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year at a school are not eligible.

 

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The Mid-American Conference has realigned its football divisions beginning in 2012, with newest member UMass joining the East Division and Bowling Green moving to the West. The seven-team divisions will have a balanced schedule for the first time since 2006.

Each team will play every opponent in its division along with two cross-division games per season.  Thus, Kent State will continue its annual rivalries with Akron, Ohio, Miami and Temple and will also take on Buffalo for the first time since 2009.  The Golden Flashes will also play UMass, owners of three FCS national title game appearances, for the first time in program history. 

 "UMass has always had a very strong program and we know they will challenge us right away," KSU head coach Darrell Hazell said.  "We look forward to playing out there, which should help our recruiting on the East Coast."

The Flashes 2012 conference schedule will include home games against Akron, Ohio, Temple and Western Michigan, with dates to be announced in early March.  Kent State ill travel to Miami, UMass, Buffalo and Eastern Michigan.

"We get three bowl teams at home and I like our road schedule," Hazell said.   

In non-conference play, Kent State hosts Towson (Aug. 30) and will play road games at Army, Rutgers and Kentucky.

The Golden Flashes won four-of-five games to end the 2011 season and will announce its incoming recruting class Feb. 1 on National Signing Day, the same day season tickets go on sale. Kent State will hold its annual Spring Game April 21.

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