No offense to Kent State and Murray State, but they’re not exactly great football teams. That being the case, playing against both squads gave plenty of ample opportunity for young players (both starters and non-starters) and typical non-starters to see some playing action. It also gave us as fans a little bit of an idea of what this team could look like in the next couple years.

Kent State

 Passing
Comp/Att Yards TD INT
Jawon Pass 5/8 75 0 0
 Rushing
Carries Yards YPC TD
Colin Wilson 3 33 11 0
Harry Trotter 1 13 13 0
Trey Smith 1 5 5 0
Jawon Pass 1 0 0 0
 Receiving
Receptions Yards YPR TD
Seth Dawkins 4 75 18.8 1
Josh Johnson 2 48 24 0
Emonee Spence 3 27 9 0
Dez Fitzpatrick 2 24 12 0
Colin Wilson 1 8 8 0
Defense
Total Tackles Solo Tackles Sacks TFL
Dorian Etheridge 9 4 0 2
CJ Avery 6 2 0 0
Tabarious Peterson 5 2 0 0
Derek Dorsey 4 2 0 0
TreSean Smith 3 2 0 2
Amonte Caban 2 1 0 0
Damien Smith 1 1 0 0
Lamaques Thomas 1 0 0 0

Murray State

 Passing
Comp/Att Yards TD INT
Jawon Pass 14/19 115 1 0
 Rushing
Carries Yards YPC TD
Trey Smith 11 67 6.1 0
Jawon Pass 9 36 4 1
Colin Wilson 3 36 12 0
Harry Trotter 2 11 5.5 0
Tobias Little 3 10 3.3 0
 Receiving
Receptions Yards YPR TD
Corey Reed 4 94 23.5 0
Dez Fitzpatrick 4 45 11.3 2
Seth Dawkins 3 34 11.3 0
Emonee Spence 2 21 10.5 0
Colin Wilson 1 7 7 0
Trey Smith 1 4 4 0
 Defense
Total Tackles Solo Tackles Sacks TFL
Russ Yeast 3 3 0 1
GG Robinson 3 0 0 0.5
Dorian Etheridge 2 1 0 0
TreSean Smith 2 0 0 0
Amonte Caban 1 1 0 0
Malik Staples 1 1 0 0
Tabarious Peterson 1 1 0 0
CJ Avery 1 1 0 0

While there were some things that could be cleaned up, like both Josh Johnson and Corey Reed fumbling the ball after big gains through the air, as well as Jawon Pass fumbling the center/QB exchange on his first play against Murray State, many of the young or inexperienced players took advantage of their moments on the field.

Backup quarterback Jawon Pass threw for 70% as well as 190 yards in both outings, as well as recording his first collegiate touchdown on a 14 yard pass to Javonte Bagley. In the wake of a wrist injury for Jaylen Smith, Seth Dawkins and standout freshman Dez Fitzpatrick continued to shine, combining for 178 yards on 13 receptions. Freshman receivers Corey Reed and Josh Johnson also performed well despite both fumbling the ball. Reed had a game-high 94 yards receiving against Murray State, with Johnson hauling in 48 yards against Kent State. Prior to going out with an apparent ankle injury against Murray State, Colin Wilson showed off his bruising style of play, rushing for 69 yards on just 6 carries over both games. Against Murray State, Trey Smith became the workhorse back after Colin Wilson’s injury, rushing for 67 yards on 11 attempts (6.1 YPR).

On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Dorian Etheridge was absolutely flying all over the field, recording 9 total tackles and 2 tackles for loss against Kent State. Fellow linebacker Tabarious Peterson and safety CJ Avery also were able to show off their wheels, as they recorded 5 and 6 tackles respectively against Kent State. TreSean Smith also got in on the blitzing, as he was able to record a couple TFLs himself. Against Murray State, cornerback Russ Yeast got the starting nod as Jaire Alexander still sat out with an injury. All 3 of his tackles were done solo, and he also recorded a TFL assisted by fellow safety Khane Pass. Defensive tackle G.G. Robinson stepped up in a position group that lacks in depth compared to others, and he was able to log 3 tackles.

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