Five Flashes Earn MAC Academic Honors
CLEVELAND — Three Kent State players were named to the 2010 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Football Team Thursday, while two others earned Honorable Mention. Junior running back Jacquise Terry (Phenix City, Ala.) earned academic all-conference accolades for the second straight season and was joined on the first team by sophomore quarterback Spencer Keith (Little Rock, Ark.) and senior linebacker Dorian Wood (Austell, Ga.).
Terry, who also earned Academic All-America First Team honors this season, carries a 3.66 cumulative grade point average as an aeronautics major. He led Kent State with nine touchdowns, which ranked tied for seventh in the MAC. Terry led the Flashes in both rushing (542 yards) and rushing touchdowns (7) and caught 23 passes for 285 yards and two scores. The two-time Academic All-American totaled six plays of over 30 yards (3 rushing, 3 receiving).
Keith carries a 3.79 GPA as a mathematics/pre-med major. He completed 59.1 percent of his passes, the second highest single-season percentage in school history, while his 2,212 yards passing were the fifth most in a season by a Kent State quarterback. Keith tallied eight touchdown passes and three rushing touchdowns and was named MAC East Offensive Player of the Week after throwing three touchdown passes against Murray State.
Wood holds a 3.41 GPA as a biology/pre-med major. He led the team with 96 tackles, including 11.5 for loss, which helped earn him All-MAC Third Team honors. Wood made eight or more tackles in eight games and returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown in a win over Ball State. He forced a fumble at Boston College and recorded a sack in KSU’s win at Bowling Green. Wood earned Academic Honorable Mention from the MAC in both 2008 and 2009.
Senior guard Michael Fay (Allentown, Pa,) earned honorable mention for the third straight season and was joined by sophomore defensive end Jake Dooley (Mason, Ohio). Fay started at left guard in all 12 games this season on a line that allowed less than two sacks per game. Dooley played in all 12 games and started nine. He made 35 tackles and 3.5 sacks on a unit that ranked 11th in the nation in total defense.
Kent State (5-7) finished 4-4 in conference play for the second straight season in 2010. Under the direction of first-year Head Coach Darrell Hazell, the Golden Flashes will begin their spring season March 29.