By Allen Moff | Staff writer
Kent State's junior speedster Dri Archer, who suffered an ankle injury during the third quarter of last Friday's regular season-ending victory over Ohio, did not practice on Sunday.
"We held him out of (Sunday's) practice, and we'll probably hold him out a little bit (tonight)," said Hazell. "Come Friday night, he'll be ready to go. Today he's not 100 percent, but by Friday he'll be very close."
Meanwhile sophomore tailback Trayion Durham, who has been hampered by quad and hip injuries, carried the football 16 times for 97 yards against the Bobcats and came out feeling fine.
"I thought Tray was a little bit slower last weekend than he had been in previous weeks," said Hazell. "He'll have to get back in the swing of things a little bit, but he looked good in practice (Sunday night)."
RESPECT FOR THE ENEMY
Last year KSU and Northern Illinois met on Oct. 8 in DeKalb, and the Huskies routed the Flashes 40-10. Kent State was held to one net yard rushing on 38 carries and 64 total yards in 62 plays.
Hazell actually gained a great deal of respect for Huskies head coach Dave Doeren on that long, rough Saturday afternoon.
"We played up there last year, and we weren't doing so well and they were, and he called the dogs off," said Hazell. "I thanked him at the end of the game when we shook hands, because he could have run it up on us and he didn't. I've got a lot of respect for him from that. We've been at coaches meetings together, and I really like him. He's a down-to-earth guy."
MAC HONORS MALAUULU
Kent State senior linebacker C.J. Malauulu has been named Mid-American Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Week.
Malauulu helped the Flashes take a 21-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes Friday's victory over Ohio. First he stripped running back Beau Blankenship, allowing teammate Luke Wollet to scoop and return the fumble 50 yards for a score. Then Malauulu picked off a pass and took it 33 yards to the end zone for the first score of his career and the fourth defensive touchdown on the season for Kent State.
Malauulu finished the game with seven tackles as Kent State's defense held Ohio to just six points and did not allow a touchdown for the first time since 2010.
A 2011 Second Team All-MAC selection, Malauulu has recorded 66 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception during his senior campaign.
NORMAN WOLFE NOMINATED FOR BURLSWORTH TROPHY
Kent State senior cornerback Norman Wolfe (Buchtel H.S.) was one of 50 FBS players nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy, given to the most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-on.
The 5-foot-7, 160-pounder was viewed as undersized coming out of high school, but has developed into the Golden Flashes' top cover corner. He has made nine interceptions during his career, and returned to the field this season less than a month after suffering a broken arm in KSU's second game of the year at Kentucky.
KEITH EARNS ACADEMIC ACCOLADE
Kent State senior signal-caller Spencer Keith was the lone quarterback selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District V Team, earning a spot on the ballot for the Academic All-America Team.
A pre-med biology major with a minor in mathematics, Keith carries a 3.79 cumulative grade-point average and plans to graduate in December of 2013 before attending medical school. In each of the previous two seasons, Keith has earned Academic All-MAC honors.