The Kent State Golden Flashes had a very disappointing season under first year head coach Paul Haynes. The Golden Flashes finished their 2013 campaign with a 4-8 record and had problems scoring points with star running back Dri Archer sidelined for most of the first half of the season.
However, a lone bright spot of the offense was the emergence of wide receiver Chris Humphrey, who had a solid 2013 season and will look toward the New Year to lead his team back to the postseason.
The Golden Flashes struggled with freshman quarterback Colin Reardon at the helm. Reardon’s inexperience showed as the team averaged 20.8 points per game and finished the 2013 season ranked 106th in the nation in scoring offense. Kent State’s inability to stretch the field allowed defenses to load the box and forced Kent State to become one-dimensional.
Humphrey stepped up in 2013 to lead the team with receptions (51), yards (613) and touchdowns (three). He has good size at 6-foot-1, 194 pounds, and is not afraid to play over the middle. Humphrey stepped up in the Golden Flashes biggest games and his nine-reception, 106-yard, one-touchdown performance almost keyed a Kent State victory over the 10-2 Ball State Cardinals.
Humphrey had six games during the 2013 season in which he had over 50 yards receiving and will be looked upon by the coaching staff as a veteran leader in the locker room. If the Kent State Golden Flashes are going to make it back to a postseason appearance in 2014, wide receiver Chris Humphrey will be a main reason why the Golden Flashes turn around their fortune.