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Kent State QB is Arkansas Native, Faces Arkansas State in Sunday's Bowl Game

Spencer Keith returns home for Kent State's first bowl game in 40 years

Kent State Quarterback Spencer Keith may have been in the stands for Sunday’s GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala. even if the Golden Flashes hadn’t earned a trip to the game.

Keith’s parents and brother all graduated from Arkansas State, so their ties run deep.

A Little Rock native, Keith said he is taking the family rivalry in stride.

“It’s definitely a little different that (Kent State’s opponent) is from my home state,” Keith said. “There’s a little connection there but my family is definitely rooting for Kent State in this game.”

Teammates only recently learned of their quarterback’s family ties to the opposition.  Running back Dri Archer said he and other players are teasing Keith, but they know he’s focused on a Kent State win.

Family aside, Keith said he recognizes the challenge ahead for a program playing in its first bowl game in 40 years.

The Golden Flashes practiced for  two hours Thursday morning.  Later in the day, Keith joined 11 of his teammates in visiting sick children at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile.

Kent State (11-2) battles Arkansas State (9-3) Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.

On Friday, players and coaches will be honored with a luncheon in downtown Mobile; the team will also practice again at the University of South Alabama.

Visit KentStatesports.com for more information on the Kent State Golden Flashes football team.

Visit GoDaddyBowl.com for more information on the game.

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