Coach: Sean Lewis
Kent State Players to watch:
Senior CB Jamal Parker (5-8/185)
Parker leads the Kent State defense with three interceptions on the season and is one of the leaders in the Mid-American Conference in passes defended with 12. Parker helped to lead a secondary that has allowed just 15 touchdown passes this season, second fewest in the Mid-American Conference this season. On the season, Parker has posted 58 tackles to go along with those team-leading 12 passes defended.
Senior DE Theo Majette (6-0/260)
Majette was a force on the defensive line for the Golden Flashes this season. The senior led the team in sacks with five and quarterback hurries with four. His five sacks ranks eighth in the Mid-American Conference. The Michigan native was also second on the team with seven tackles for loss. Majette had big games against Ball State and Bowling Green, recording a pair of tackles for loss and a sack in each game.
*Junior QB Dustin Crum (6-3/201)
Crum played in 10 games as a true freshman. Last year, Kent State went to a fast paced spread offense (Flash FAST), and was beat out by Auburn transfer Woody Barrett. However, in 2019, Crum came off the bench in the second half of week 1 and never relinquished the reins. He played in 12 games, threw for 2,333 yards and had a most impressive Td/Int ratio of 18-2.
**Sophomore PK Matthew Trickett (6-0/191)
Trickett has enjoyed a phenomenal sophomore campaign, setting a school record and leading the MAC with 24 made field goals so far, this season. He is currently one of five players in the FBS to have made at least 24 field goals this season. He also has 28 touchbacks on kick-offs this season and even recovered his own on-sides kick against Buffalo.
*Junior P Derek Adams (6-0/197)
Adams returned to form in 2019 after an injury cost him most of the 2018 season. His 43.3 yards per punt ranks second in the conference and is right in line with his 2017 total of 43.6 yards per kick. Adams had a long of 76 yards this year and boomed 11 punts over 50 yards. Perhaps most impressively, he had 19 punts fair caught and Kent State ranks 10th in the nation in allowing just 2.7 yards per punt return this season.
Coach: Matt Wells
Utah State Players to watch:
*Junior QB Jordan Love (6-4/220)
Utah State junior quarterback Jordan Love announced Tuesday that he will forgo his final season of eligibility and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.
For his career, Love is 659-of-1,086 (.607) passing for 8,283 yards with 57 touchdowns and 28 interceptions, and ranks second all-time in school history in passing yards and attempts, third in touchdown passes, completions and total offense (8,670 yards), and fourth in completion percentage. Love also ranks first all-time in school history with 11-career 300-yard passing games and has four completions of at least 80 yards, which is also a school record.
*Junior ILB David Woodward (6-2/230)
Like Love, Woodward has declared for the NFL Draft. For his career, Woodward has a team-best 256 tackles, which includes 8.0 sacks and 20.5 tackles-for-loss, to go along with six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Overall, he posted 15 double-digit tackle games in his career.
This year, Woodard was named first-team all-Mountain West despite missing the last five games of the season due to injury. In just seven games this year, he still led the team with 93 tackles, which includes 2.0 sacks and 5.0 tackles for loss. He also has a team-best four forced fumbles. He returned one of those fumbles for his second-career touchdown.
Senior RB Gerald Bright (5-10/190)
Heading into the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl against Kent State, Bright leads the Aggies in rushing with 827 yards and eight touchdowns on 161 carries. He has also caught 31 passes for 207 yards and another score. Besides catching passes and racking up the yards on the ground, Bright has also played a valuable role on special teams for the Aggies. During his career at USU, he has returned 19 kickoffs for 347 yards (18.3 ypr).
Grad-Transfer WR Siaosi Mariner (6-2/193)
Mariner, a senior graduate transfer from Utah, has started all 12 games this year ranks third in the Mountain West and 33rd in the nation in receiving touchdowns with eight, fourth in the MW in receiving yards, and 10th in the MW in yards per reception (15.6). He leads the Aggies in receptions (56), receiving yards (874) and receiving touchdowns (8).
Senior PK Dominik Eberle (6-2/195)
Eberle, senior placekicker from Nuremberg, Germany, leads the Mountain West in scoring with 97 points. He is also third in the MW in field goal percentage, and eighth in the MW in points responsible for per game (8.1). Eberle is 19-of-22 on field goal attempts this season. He is also a perfect 40-of-40 on extra points and has kicked off 67 times for 4,007 yards (59.8 ypk) with 36 touchbacks. In 2017, Eberle was a Lou Groza Award finalist.
Kent State 51, Utah State 41
Dec 20, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2
2018 DXL Frisco Bowl
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