Saturday, October 29, 2011

25 Questions About Flashes, Flashers and Flashing

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What is their body of work?

It is not good.  They are 1-6 and without an FBS win.  Beyond that, they have not had a winning season at least since 2002....I ran out of energy to look into it further.

How many seniors and juniors on the two-deep?

24 which is a pretty average number.  They start only 7 seniors.

Who are their statistical leaders?

Roosevelt Nix, the returning MAC Defensive POTY, is tied for 17th in FBS for in TFL, which is tied for the 2nd in the MAC.  Matt Rinehart is 3rd in the MAC in punting.

What is their turnover ratio?

Kent is +2, one of only 4 teams in the MAC in plus territory.


How is their QB Play?

Well, it has not been good.  Spencer Keith has been their starter for most of the year and has the lowest pass efficiency in the MAC.  During their last game, he was benched in favor of R-FR Cedric McCloud. McCloud, for his past, was ineligible for the first four weeks this year and was reinstated during the year by the NCAA.  He is from Florida where he was a two-star recruit.  He is said to have a stronger arm than their other backups.  He did struggle against NIU as well.

What is their scoring and yards per play?

Statistically speaking, they have the worst offense in FBS.  They are last in the FBS in scoring and total offense.  They average 2.7 yards per play.

Not his proudest moment, but you
don't know how it feels to be him.
Can they run the ball?

They have not been effective.  They are 119th (out of 120) in FBS in rushing, ahead of only Miami.  They average 2.1 yards per carry.

Do they pass the ball?

If they can, no one has seen it yet.  They are 119th in FBS is passing efficiency and last in the MAC.  How last?  Akron is 12th at 106...Kent is 68.9.  They complete 43.7% of their passes, with 9 INTs over 3 TDS and only 7.9 yards per reception.

How is their run/pass balance?

They run on about 53% of their plays.  They do have a balanced offense in a kind, in yet they have yet to have shown success in either portion of the game.

Do they convert on 3rd Down?

They are 12th in the MAC at 26.4%.  Only 5 teams in FBS are worse.

Do they score in the red zone?

They have only gotten to the redzone 12 times in 7 games this year.  When they do get their, they are scoring at 4.6 points per trip, which is about average.

Do they protect the quarterback?

They do not.  They have allowed 25 sacks in 7 games.  That translates to a sack on 10.5% of their passing attempts, which is nearly double the MAC average.

A couple notes.  Kent is coming off a bye week, and they did some shifting on the offensive line to try and get things stirred up.  They appear to be trying to put their best line on the same side of the ball to at least try and get something moving.  Their OC, by the way, is BGHS and BGSU grad Brian Rock.


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Topline: Scoring and yards per play.

Their defense is interesting.  The are third in yards per play allowed and second in yards per game allowed, yet they are 8th in scoring defense.

Do they defend the run effectively?

They are pretty good.  They are 4th in the MAC in rushing defense.  They had a very good line last year that 100% dominated BG and look strong here again.

Could they be passed on?

This is also a strong point, they are 3rd in the MAC in pass efficiency defense.  They allow 55% completions with 8 int/7 TD.  They do allow yards when passes are completed, at 11.5/reception.

Do they get off the field on 3rd down?

They are ok, 6th in the MAC at 36.9%.

Do they defend in the red zone?

They are pretty good.  They allow 4.7 points per trip, which is about average.  They have only 4 stops, but have allowed a MAC-high 10 red zone FGs.  30 red zone trips in 7 games is a lot--BG has allowed that many in 8.

Do they pressure the QB?

They are 9th in the MAC with 12 sacks, which is 5.6% of passing attempts.  That is below average.

Special Teams:


This is interesting.  They are 3rd in punting yards and 10th in net punting.  Suffice it to say, they are last in punt return defense and have also had 5 touchbacks.  No TDS this year but they have been blocked once.

Punt Return?

They are 7th in the MAC in punt returns.  No TDs and 1 block.

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Cortez is good.  He is 6 of 8 and 5-5 inside 40.  His long is 44 and he has been blocked once.


They are pretty good.  Opponents average starting on the 27 yard line.  They have 6 touchbacks but 3 O-B.

Kickoff Return?

They are 9th in kickoff returns.  They average starting on their own 24.

Miscellaneous: Overall atmospherics and intangibles.

Kent is coming off a bye week and may have had some time to get things corrected, though they said they sent the players away from the field to get them "missing football."  They have really struggled this year.  On the other hand, those teams can get very hungry for a win.

They just KILLED BG last season, running through our offensive line completely at will.

Their DC went to Miami, and they have former Youngstown State Coach Jon Heacock in charge of the D right now.

BG's D played badly against two good teams (WVU and WMU), but then played much better against two good teams.  This is an opportunity to dominate someone.  BG simply cannot allow Kent to "get well" today.  If BG's defense takes the opportunity to play as well against a bad team as they do against a good team, they will be hard to beat.

Also, if that happens, then the offense just needs some consistency.  Kent's defense is good, though not as good as Temple's.  Our line is certainly better than it was last year...which should help.

This is a young team.  They have to learn to bring it every week.  We're going to see tomorrow if that is in play.

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