Originally written on College Football Universe  |  Last updated 6/11/13
No. 55 Kent State Golden Flashes (11-3) Coach Paul Haynes (first-year head coach)Returning Starters: 12, 6 offense, 5 defense, 1 special teamsRecruiting Rank: 115 The Kent State Golden Flashes were nearly last season's BCS Buster instead of MAC Champion Northern Illinois. After two straight losses to end the year in the MAC Championship and the GoDaddy.com Bowl, Kent State's hope of a stellar season ending with a top 25 finish ended in a flash (pun intended). Head coach Darrell Hazell departed before the GoDaddy.com Bowl to take the HC job at Purdue. First year head coach Paul Haynes returns to his alma mater to make an attempt at continuing and adding on to the recent success of the program. Kent State has just 12 starters returning, but the new coaching staff recruited 21 players that Haynes believes that can “come in and compete for a spot right away.”If the Golden Flashes can fill in holes on the offensive line and defense, they could overachieve their CFU No. 55 ranking. The ...
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