August 18, 2007

Tukes makes early impact

One of the keys for Kent State in the off season following a 6-6 campaign in 2006 was to find a replacement for leading receiver Najah Pruden, who exhausted his eligibility after a four-year career with the Golden Flashes. Pruden caught 113 passes in that time, including 39 last year-that's 27 more catches than the 20 recorded by the Golden Flashes' top returning receiver, Darren Rogers.

During spring workouts several players emerged as potential go-to receivers including junior Shawn Bayes, who hauled in six passes for 75 yards last year, Phil Garner, who caught six passes for 65 yards in the fall, and freshman Aaron Robinson. Overall this spring, the wide receivers as a unit showed that they have become more consistent catching the ball, but something was still missing.

The Golden Flashes were still looking for a big-play receiver, a player that could score from anywhere on the field. Enter Rashad Tukes.

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