Injuries continue to pile up for the Kent State football team

Kent State junior quarterback Collin Schlee was unable to play last Saturday against Akron, and remains uncertain going forward due to a ‘lower body bruise’ according to head coach Sean Lewis .

“Collin had a bruise on his lower body that he had been dealing with for two weeks. It was noticeable the last two games,” Lewis said. comfortable as he can [play]. It is my job to protect these children and put them in the best possible positions to succeed. So we picked him up.

A touchdown takeaway from Kent State football’s victory over Akron

Lewis said there’s a “50-50 chance” at best that Schlee can play when the Golden Flashes (3-5, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 1 against Ball State. . (4-4, 2-2) at Dix Stadium.

“These next three to four days are going to be huge [for Schlee]”, Lewis said.

True freshman Devin Kargman replaced Schlee and led Kent State to a 33-27 win over the Zips in his first college start. Kargman completed 14 of 25 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns, and did not commit a turnover.

The Flashes were also missing a pair of defensive starters in junior tackle CJ West and graduate student safety Antwaine Richardson, who were injured in the previous game against Toledo, while junior star receiver Dante Cephas was injured early in the game. second half against Akron and made No Return.

Lewis said Richardson’s injury will keep him out of action for the rest of the season. Richardson also suffered a season-ending injury in Game 2 of the 2021 season with the Flashes, and during the 2019 preseason while playing at Maryland.

“Really unhappy with everything he’s been through,” Lewis said.

Richardson ends the 2022 season with 38 tackles.

The 315-pound West is KSU’s only defensive lineman who weighs over 280. Lewis said he’s day-to-day.

“We hope he’s ready and available for Ball State,” Lewis said.

Cephas, the MAC’s leading receiver (91.4 receiving yards per game), had to be helped to the medical tent after being tackled to the KSU sideline at the end of a 7-yard catch near the 10-minute mark of the third quarter.

“Dante went down with a lower body injury,” Lewis said. “We’re going to have him take pictures and different things today. We’ll see where that stands as soon as these results come back.

Isaac Vance remains a major contributor to Kent State football despite his injuries

Graduate linebacker Marvin Pierre was also injured against Akron, but Lewis said he’s ready to face the Cardinals. Pierre finished with a career-high 14 tackles last Saturday and made 38 saves in Kent State’s last three games.

The break in the calendar comes at an ideal time for Kent State

The Flashes will get a few extra days off as the MAC calendar shifts to weekdays.

“It comes at a good time so we can end the season strong,” Lewis said. “We need to use this time in the right way to get healthy. The players are absent [Monday], and we will not train on Tuesday. Our athletic training staff is going to be overwhelmed with guys getting proper treatment.

Lewis finds himself dealing with a series of serious injuries for the first time since taking over the program from Kent State in 2018. Graduate student Khalib Johns suffered a season-ending injury against Georgia on 24 September, wide receiver Isaac Vance was lost for the year in the second quarter of the season opener at Washington on September 3, and a host of other key players — mostly on defense — have missed various games in 2022.

“When you look back [at the injuries], the majority of them are contact-related,” Lewis said. “You would really do a deep dive and do a thorough self-assessment if there were a ton of non-contact injuries or a fluke. But every one of them is a game of football where there was a collision, and because of where that collision happened, the injury happened. It’s very black and white. I think our strength staff are doing an amazing job.

Flashes dig deep to defeat rival Zips

The Flashes were beaten and trailed 10-0 on Saturday at Dix Stadium, but rallied to retain the Wagon Wheel by claiming their fourth straight triumph over the Zips. They snapped a two-game losing streak and stayed alive in the hunt for the MAC East Division title.

“Just a tough, tough win,” Lewis said. “I’m really proud of the staff and how they came through adversity and how the kids responded. It’s been a tough few weeks where we’ve learned a lot of tough lessons. You are going to encounter obstacles, and these obstacles must feed you.

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