Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Video Blog: Zack Tilves on the snow-filled trip to Buffalo

Director of football operations Zack Tilves gives you all of the details of the Golden Flashes' trip to Buffalo, from the bus trip in and avoiding the storm, to all of the delays, through a lightning storm in the snow, to cancellation, a snowball fight in downtown Buffalo, and finally on to Akron week.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Video Blog: Paul Haynes on the challenges that come with preparing for Buffalo

Golden Flashes head coach Paul Haynes discusses the challenges of facing Buffalo and its multiple looks in tonight's Mid-American Conference battle at Amherst, N.Y.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Video Blog: Paul Haynes on film study

The Golden Flashes head coach explains how he and his staff break down film on the day after a game, and how players can use film study to improve.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Video Blog: Paul Haynes on Toledo week and scouting the Rockets

The head coach of the Golden Flashes discusses the week of practice leading up to the Tuesday, Nov. 4 game with Toledo at Dix Stadium and gives his scouting report of the Rockets

Friday, October 24, 2014

Video Blog: Paul Haynes on the win over Army and the return to MAC play at Miami University

In the second of our video blogs, head coach Paul Haynes discusses the transition from last week's big Homecoming win over the United States Military Academy to the return of Mid-American Conference play on Saturday at Miami University.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Kent State vs. Army: A day in the life of a Homecoming victory

Take a look back at Saturday's win over Army as our photographers give you an inside look from Friday walkthrough, to clap session and Captains Meal on Saturday morning, to the locker room and then onto the field at game time.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Excitement for Homecoming and preparing for the difficulties Army presents

By Paul Haynes
Head Coach

Getting prepared to play an option team like Army is always difficult. You have to be extremely disciplined in a game like the one we will play on Saturday. You need to have eye control and you have to stay poised because Army is are going to continue to come after you and come after you, almost like a dog biting at your knees.

It can get frustrating as a player to get cut play after play, so in addition to the mental part, this game requires quite a bit of poise. 

It is tough to stop the option. When playing Army, you almost need them to make a mistake every once in a while. You need them to drop a ball, or have two guys go in motion at the same time, or get called for a cut block, just to get their offense off schedule. 

And then, every possession is so important in this game because you don’t know how many you are going to get.

Cut blocking in the style of offense that Army runs is different than it is in other offenses. In this one, you have everybody cutting. You are getting cut on every single play that they can possibly run. That’s where you have to stay patient and stay poised.

We are a zone blocking team, and there is some cutting in it. I think the zone scheme is helping our guys get better, but we haven’t seen the impact of it yet. The teams that have been successful against us have been movement teams and teams that are quicker than us. We have also had to get away from the run occasionally as we have fallen behind in games.

We made a conscious effort during the last two or three weeks, though, to stick with the run game just so that we can get better. Remember that other than Terrell Johnson, we are going to have every guy on our offensive line back for at least two more years. We have to get better at establishing the run because in this day and age even spread teams like Oregon run the football very well. You have to be able to run the football well to win.

Our guys on the offensive line are working hard. All of our guys up and down the roster are working hard. There is a misconception within athletics. Just because this team is 0-6, it doesn’t mean guys are refusing to work their tails off. These kids are still going to school. They are still busting their tails to try to win. It will mean a lot to them when they look up into the stands and see the students and the community backing them this weekend for Homecoming. 

We are hearing from a lot of alumni who are coming back for this game, and that’s a big deal to our guys. The players know how important this game is, and they will go out and play hard for Kent State University.

It’s going to be great to have so many former players in town. We will have our Captain’s Breakfast on Saturday morning. I believe we have 26 captains coming back from as far back as 1956. Ray Carroscia, who was a team captain in 1989, will be the speaker at the breakfast. That’s special for the kids to be around the former captains. I know the captains appreciate it. 

This is what college football is all about. Homecoming is a big part of college football at every school, but being an Kent State alumnus makes it even more special for me.