Kent State football: five things to watch during tonight’s game

Nick Shook

1. Kent State’s first kick return

Last season, Kent State’s do-everything back Dri Archer returned a kick 98 yards just before halftime against Towson in the season opener. Watch closely to see Archer come back to return more kicks, and scoot up to the edge of your seat to see if one of college football’s fastest players returns another one for six points.

2. Colin Reardon

Reardon, a redshirt sophomore, will be playing in his first game at Kent State and will do so as the Flashes’ starting quarterback. The first few drives will be important to get Reardon’s confidence rolling, as well as getting the rest of the Flashes’ offense in rhythm to start the season.

3. Kent State’s offensive line

The Flashes will debut at least two new starters on the offensive line, and depending on whether returning starter Pat McShane is healthy enough to play, they might trot out three new linemen. Football is a game won in the trenches, especially when it comes to running the ball, of which Kent State plans to do plenty in 2013. The offensive line’s play will be key to a Flashes victory.

4. Tyshon Goode’s return

Kent State welcomes back fifth-year senior Tyshon Goode to its receiving corps after the playmaker was forced to sit out 2012 because of an injury. Goode could be a reliable target for Reardon, as the two take the field together for the first time.

5. Festivities

Kent State’s athletic department will put on the largest fireworks display in Portage County history following tonight’s game, brought to you by Ametek. Sit back in the bleachers or watch on the field as the fireworks explode over Dix Stadium. Also, make sure to stay in your seats during halftime, as the Flashes retire former standout linebacker James Harrison’s jersey.

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