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  The Kansas football team will be without transfer running back Ky Thomas next season. Thomas, a native of Topeka who played sparingly during the 2022 season because of injuries but held a key role in KU's Liberty Bowl appearance last month, announced Tuesday night that he was entering the transfer portal. Wherever the redshirt sophomore running back lands in the coming weeks will be his third school since graduating from Topeka High in 2020. Because of his COVID year, he will have three years of eligibility remaining at his new destination. He redshirted the 2020 season at Minnesota before playing for the Gophers in 2021 and playing at Kansas this season.

Thomas' slow start was due in large part to the strong play of fellow-KU backs Devin Neal and Daniel Hishaw. Thomas carried the ball just 11 times for 25 yards in the first three weeks and then missed two weeks with injury before returning in Week 6 and receiving 42 carries the rest of the way. That included 11 touches and two touchdowns in KU's wild, triple-overtime loss to Arkansas in Memphis in late-December. What initially looked like an important pick-up at a position of need quickly turned into a situation where Thomas was fighting for playing time in a crowded running back room. - Lawrence Journal World


rJr/2025 RB Ky ThomasKent State
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  2022 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM: Down Lineman - Zay West, Kent State,...Zayin West closes his career with an all-conference season. West finished in the top-10 in the MAC with a team and career best 11.5 tackles for loss. Included in that lot are 4.5 sacks, good for second on the team. He helped secure the Wagon Wheel for the fourth-straight season with two sacks and three tackles for loss in the victory. West was also a key member on the Flashes' special teams, catching a pass to convert a fake punt against Georgia and returning a kick for 21 yards against Ball State. - Kent State Football

rSr/2023 DE Zayn WestKent State
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  2022 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM: Defensive Back - Nico Bolden, Kent State,...Bolden set a career high with 103 tackles this season and earned his first all-conference honor. He closed his Kent State career with five games with 10+ tackles including his final three games of the season. His 64 solo tackles also led the team and were good for second in the MAC. - Kent State Football

rSr/2023 SS Nico BoldenKent State
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  2022 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM: Offensive Lineman - Sam Allan, Kent State,...Allan closes his career with his first all-conference honor, starting all 12 games for the Golden Flashes at center. Like Marshall, Allan helped to anchor the offensive line and led them to the fourth season of 5,000+ yards of offense in program history. - Kent State Football

rSr/2023 C Sam AllanKent State
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  Tommy Ulatowski threw a 7-yard touchdown to Devontez Walker and the play served as the game-winner as Kent State beat Buffalo 30-27 in overtime on Saturday, denying the Bulls bowl eligibility. Kent State (5-6, 4-3 Mid-American) scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on consecutive drives to knot the score at 24-24 to force the extra session. Each drive took 12 plays, the first 80 yards and the second 76. Ja'Shaun Poke's 10-yard scoring run on fourth-and-4 reduced the Golden Flashes' deficit to 24-17. After forcing Buffalo to punt, Marquez Cooper ran it in from the 2 to force overtime. Cooper finished with 140 yards rushing on 30 carries with two touchdowns. Buffalo's Matt Meyers scored three touchdowns and ran for 109 yards on 21 carries. Buffalo faces Akron on Dec. 2 with postseason aspirations on the line. - Kent State/AP College Football

rFr/2027 QB Tommy UlatowskiKent State
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  NOV 14 MAC EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marvin Pierre, Kent State, LB, Grad, Rahway, N.J.,...Pierre helped to lead a defense that held BG to 0-6 on fourth down and under two yards per rush. Pierre had nine tackles, a sack, a qb hurry that led to an interception and capped off the impressive day with a 33-yard pick six to put the exclamation point on the MACtion win. - MAC Football

Sr/2023 OLB Marvin PierreKent State
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  NOV 7 MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: DALLAS BRANCH, SAN DIEGO STATE,...Senior, Cornerback, Redondo Beach, California/Long Beach City College,...In San Diego State's 14-10 win over UNLV, led an Aztec defense which limited the Rebels to 16 points below their season average...Recorded four tackles, including a career-best two tackles for loss and one sack, one interception and one fumble recovery...In the second quarter, recovered a UNLV fumble on the San Diego State 28-yard line...Early in the fourth quarter, intercepted a pass in the end zone and ending UNLV's chance at scoring. - Mountain West Football

rSr/2025 CB Dallas BranchKent State
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  The Flashes were also missing a pair of defensive starters in junior tackle CJ West and grad student safety Antwaine Richardson, who were injured in the previous contest against Toledo, while star junior wide receiver Dante Cephas was injured early in the second half against Akron and did not return. Lewis said Richardson's injury will keep him out for the rest of the season. Richardson also suffered a season-ending injury in game two of the 2021 season with the Flashes, and during the 2019 preseason while he played at Maryland. "Really unfortunate with everything that he's been through," said Lewis. Richardson finishes the 2022 season with 38 tackles. - Akron Beacon Journal

rSr/2023 FS Antwaine RichardsonKent State
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  SEPT 12 MAC EAST DIVISION SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Josh Smith, Kent State, P, Sophomore, Narre Warren, Victoria, Australia,...Smith helped to flip the field at Oklahoma on Saturday night. Smith boomed six punts for an average of over 43 per kick with a long of 49. He dropped a pair inside the 20 as well on Saturday night. - MAC Football

rJr/2025 P Josh SmithKent State
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  SEPT 12 MAC EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Khalib Johns, Kent State, LB, Grad, Lancaster, Calif.,...Johns recorded a pair of sacks of Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel on Saturday night. Both sacks helped to thwart Sooner drives. Johns was part of a defense that held Oklahoma to seven first-half rushing yards and was the first group-of-five team since 2013 to hold Oklahoma scoreless at home in the first quarter. - MAC Football

rSr/2024 ILB Khalib JohnsKent State
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  2022 PRESEASON WUERFFEL TROPHY (COMMUNITY SERVICE) WATCHLIST: Isaac Vance, Kent State, Sr., WR,...This is the second-straight year that Vance has been named to the Watch List. Vance continues to be actively involved in the community and earned the Humanitarian Award last year in advance of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Vance currently serves as the president of Kent State's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). He also sits on the Mid-American Conference and NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committees.

Additionally, he serves on the D-I Football Oversight Committee, providing a student-athlete prospective on rules and legislation in college football. Vance is also the Kent State chapter president for Uplifting Athletes, an organization that raises money for rare disease research. He is a member of the Mid-American Conference Name, Image and Likeness working group and is a Kent State student ambassador. He is also part of the team's second-and-seven club and reads to local elementary school children. - Kent State Football


rSr/2024 WR Isaac VanceKent State
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  2022 PRESEASON ALLSTATE AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM NOMINEE: Isaac Vance, Kent State University,...Vance is the Kent State chapter president for Uplifting Athletes, an organization that raises money for rare disease research. He is a member of the Mid-American Conference Name, Image and Likeness working group and is a Kent State student ambassador. He is also part of the team's second-and-seven club and reads to local elementary school children. - Kent State Football

rSr/2024 WR Isaac VanceKent State
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  2022 PRESEASON ALL-WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM (COACHES): DL Javier Duran, Sr., Tarleton,...Duran, one of five defensive linemen chosen to the 2022 Preseason All-WAC Defense, was Second Team All-WAC last year. He started all 11 games in his first year at Tarleton, recording 32 total tackles (17 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hurries. - Tarleton Football

rSr/2024 DT Javier DuranKent State
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  2022 PRESEASON JOHN MACKEY AWARD WATCH LIST: KRIS LEACH, KENT STATE,...Leach has played two seasons with the Golden Flashes since transferring from Western Kentucky. As a Golden Flash, the Bealton, Virginia native has been a red-zone threat, hauling in three touchdown passes. He has also been an extraordinary blocker at the end of the offensive line. The Golden Flashes have ranked in the top five in the nation in rushing yards in both of his seasons at Kent State. In 2021, the Flashes set a program record for rushing yards with 3,482. The team's 248 rushing yards per game average was third in the FBS and was the tops amongst non-service academy programs. - Kent State Football

rSr/2023 TE Kris LeachKent State
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  Poised for a 2022 standout season: Minnesota transfer Ky Thomas and Nebraska transfer Sevion Morrison join Devin Neal in giving the Jayhawks one of the better running back groups in the Big 12 next season. They'll need all three of them to contribute, too, given the mediocre play of the Kansas offensive line in recent years and lingering questions at quarterback. - AP College Football

rJr/2025 RB Ky ThomasKent State
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