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    Arkansas State Red Wolves (2023-Present)
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  1. Arkansas State announced the signing of two transfers into the program, including a surprise addition from a conference rival. QB Hernando Cortez 6-1 196 (Jr) Sullivan West Central (NY) 3.0 of 3.5 [Pocket] Transfer from Appalachian State Cortez is a bit of a head-scratcher as it’s rare for a player to transfer within the Sun Belt. The Empire State product was the starter for Appalachian State in 2022 putting up rather unimpressive numbers in his 12 games. Cortez only played in one game last season as it became apparent he was not going to regain his starting spot. The Arkansas State coaches are hopeful that a change of scenery can bring out the talent of the strong-armed Junior. Alan Puckett will take the reigns as Red Wolves QB for his Senior season. Once Cortez is able to get back on the field next year, he will come in as the favorite to take the starting role depending on the development of Sophomore Finn Foy and True Freshman Rory North. Cortez will have to improve on his abysmal 18 interceptions in 2022 if he hopes to win, and keep, the starting spot. K Dustu Cavanaugh 6-3 188 Jr Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Power] Transfer from Boise State Cavanaugh was not able to break onto the blue turf in Boise, but Arkansas State coaches are impressed with his kicking strength. The Florida native will have two years to play upon regaining his eligibility, and with the Red Wolves having one Senior kicker on the roster, the starting job will be his for the taking next season.
  2. Arkansas State lands both our targets. Kicker is taken care of in recruiting and bring in a QB to battle for the starting spot next season.
  3. Arkansas State still has a week 1 opening. Would love a home game but will consider any offers.


  4. Arkansas State schedule: Week 1: Home Kansas @stormstopper Week 2: At Texas Tech @acewulf Week 3: At Georgia @Hagan Week 8: Home v. Bowling Green @PoopyRhinoPickle Schedule is complete!
  5. Our intention is to move to a more balanced offense and do something that fans in Jonesboro haven't seen in a while --- actually run the ball! There will definitely be a transition period as many of the players on the team were recruiting for the air raid offense.
  6. Arkansas State Spring Game Analysis: -All eyes were on Senior quarterback Alan Puckett who finally gets the start behind center following the departure of Eugene Salas. On a beautiful 68 degree day in Jonesboro, Puckett was inconsistent, throwing for 2 TDs but completing only 48% of his passes. Puckett’s performance did little to ease doubts about his ability to take over the Red Wolves offense, and rumors abound that the team may be looking to bring in a QB through the transfer portal. Coach Larry Spader tried to dispel such speculation, “Alan was impressive at times and he’s learning how to execute the offense. It’s one thing to read the playbook and watch Eugene do it, it’s another thing to go out there and perform with live defenses and big ‘ol defensive linemen coming at you. We talked, he knows he needs to become more consistent.” -If Puckett is going to be replaced as the Red Wolves starter, we know that replacement will not be true Freshman Rory North. In a surprise move, North was named a starter for the intra-squad matchup. He looked every bit his age. North completed just 42% of his passes, throwing for 194 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Coaches wanted to see what the talented youngster could do. What he showed them is he needs more seasoning. -Senior wide receiver Thomas Hough showed that a change of quarterbacks isn’t going to slow his output. Last season, the Bearden, Arkansas native caught 75 passes for 931 yards and 7 touchdowns. During the Spring game, Hough hauled in 9 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. For Puckett to succeed, he will need Hough to excel as the safety outlet on passing downs. Sophomore John Irving caught 7 passes for 95 yards and touchdown in the Spring game, showing he is ready to vastly improve on his 18 catches for 190 yards last season. -If there was one Freshman breakout star from the game, it was Gallman, Mississippi native JaQuan Robinson, who had 4 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks. Robinson was a highly recruited prospect and the preliminary depth chart shows him as the #3 DE on the team, and many would not be surprised to see him beat out Senior Trey Johnson for a starting spot before the season is over. -Can I get a whistle? Fans at the Spring Game saw more of the referees than they did action on the field. The two teams combined for an appalling 24 penalties for 201 yards. With a number of new starters, some of these penalties are to be expected. Over 200 yards in penalties, that’s inexcusable.
  7. Arkansas State is still in need of out of conference CFB games weeks 1 and 2. Warning: we aren't going to be very good this season! Shoot me a note if interested. Thanks. 

  8. Alan Puckett shows he's not afraid to throw the ball around as many times as his predecessor Eugene Salas. Our true Freshman DE JaQuan Robinson looks to be a force to be reckoned. Lots to take away from this game.
  9. With the work from home in place for the foreseeable future, have a lot of time on my hands. Definitely will be able to play the games, and that also goes for when things get back to "normal".
  10. Would love to take over a team. Thanks!
  11. With the Eugene Salas era over in Jonesboro, the Red Hawks look to move to a more balanced offensive approach, leaving the 60 passes per game philosophy in favor of a more traditional offensive set. Fans will get the first chance to see these new look Red Hawks as the team prepares for its first Spring Game under Larry Spader. Here are some things to watch for when the team takes the field at Centennial Bank Stadium. Who’s going to run the ball? The running back position is wide open with four players stacking a claim for the starting spot. On Team Scarlett, Seniors Modesto Holland and Enrique Kramer will split carries, while Team Black will see a pair of Juniors, Austin Connor and Shaun Samuel, try and impress the coaches. Because the team threw so little last season, none of these upperclassmen running backs has much experience. This is truly a wide open battle which adds to the importance of a strong Spring game performance. Battling for the right tackle spot Sophomore Bryce Burleson has a lock on the left tackle position, but the right tackle job is up for grabs. Sophomore Christopher Wetzel will start for Team Scarlet while Junior Christopher Knight has been assigned to Team Black. Both of these players are pass-blocking specialist and could win the starting job with a strong Spring game. Now’s your chance, Freshman! A number Freshman have the opportunity to battle for playing time with strong Spring game performancess. In a surprise move, Freshman QB Rory North from Deleon, Texas was named starting QB for Team Black. While he is unlikely to unseat Senior Alan Puckett, it will be very interesting to see how he performs on this stage. Defensive end JaQuan Robinson from Gallman, Mississippi is another talented newcomer who has a chance to make the two-deep as a true Frosh. Two Freshman defensive tackles, Ali Loomis and Zontavius Gray, will start for Team Black. With a breakout game one (or both) could find themselves in the mix for immediate playing time.
  12. Arkansas State is complete and ready for some Spring Ball!
  13. Excellent analysis. Lots of work to be done at Arkansas State, made even more difficult by the graduation of Eugene Salas. Need a few more recruiting cycles before we're likely able to compete again.
  14. Arkansas States: 2023-present Coaching Skills: Offense: 10 Defense: 10Special Teams: 10 Clock Mgmt: 10 Discipline: 10 Youth Mgmt: 10
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