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Andrew Glass Named Starting Kicker at Kent

Photo Provided Former Wheeling Park all-state kicker Andrew Glass has been named the starting kicker for Kent State heading into its Week 1 matchup with No. 6 Texas A&M.

KENT, OH — It’s the fourth quarter and No. 6 Texas A&M leads Kent State by two with 3 seconds left to go. Wheeling Park alum Andrew Glass trots onto the field to attempt a game-winning field goal in front of a raucous crowd at Kyle Field on opening weekend of the college football season.

That’s the exact scenario that has been rolling through Glass’ head all week leading up to his first collegiate football game on Saturday night when the upset-minded Golden Flashes visit the Aggies.

Last week, Glass was named the starting kicker for Kent State in his freshman season, which could give him a chance to shine on the game’s biggest stage right off the bat.

“That’s the narrative that has been going through my head when I go to sleep at night,” Glass said of a possible game-winning kick against the No. 6 team in the country. “I’ve done all the mental reps in my head and I just need to make my kicks. It will be exciting.”

Heading into Saturday night’s game, the most fans Glass had played in front of was when Park played University in high school but Kyle Field is the Home of the 12th man, holding a full capacity crowd of 102, 733.

“This will be the biggest game I’ve ever played in my life,” Glass said. “I remember I was shaking in front of 6,000 when we played University but if I can get used to those fans on Saturday night, I can play anywhere. Hopefully we can just perform and do our job.”

Glass has been doing his job well to this point as he not only earned the starting job but has held his own in the weight room, as well.

“The weight lifting was more than I thought it would be and I had to catch up,” Glass said. “Those guys were 40 pounds heavier than me but I held my own and I’ve put on 15 pounds of muscle since I started.”

Glass gave thanks to Wheeling Park and his high school soccer team for helping him prepare to be in the best shape to succeed at the next level.

“I was OK with the running part from soccer in high school but I owe a big thank you to coach (Chris) Daugherty and coach (Chris) Dunaway,” Glass said. “If I didn’t have their weight program in high school — I was behind everyone else but I had the technique and those great coaches led me here.”

Glass is loving the experience at Kent State and considers himself extremely lucky to have been a part of two exceptional schools.

“The atmosphere here is fun, the campus is nice and it’s a really nice school,” Glass said. “Park also has a great culture so I’m very lucky.

“Being a kicker here is nice, too, because in practice when I make my kicks my teammates gather around and cheer me on, so I’ve gone from one good place to another.”

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