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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. 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".
  9. Would love to take over a team. Thanks!
  10. 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.
  11. Arkansas State is complete and ready for some Spring Ball!
  12. 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.
  13. Arkansas States: 2023-present Coaching Skills: Offense: 10 Defense: 10Special Teams: 10 Clock Mgmt: 10 Discipline: 10 Youth Mgmt: 10
  14. DEFENSE Defensive line DE Nijrell Reed 6-4 243 Jr Hernando (Brooksville FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] DE JaQuan Robinson 6-0 251 Fr Copiah Academy (Gallman MS) 2.5 of 3.0 [Blitz] DE Malachi McCain 6-6 257 (Fr) Central (Little Rock AR) 2.0 of 4.0 [Contain] DE Trey Johnson 6-4 264 Sr Frisco City (Frisco City, AL) 2.5 of 2.5 [Blitz] DE Darnell Rivers 6-6 257 Jr Chula Vista (Chula Vista CA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Blitz] DE Pete Wilkes 6-7 238 Jr Fairview (Fairview TN) 2.0 of 2.0 [Contain] DE Javon Sampson 6-2 274 Fr Memphis University (Memphis TN) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] -Nijrell Reed started at one defensive end spot last season, recording 19 tackles and 6 sacks. Reed will enter pre-season with a starting spot locked up, while the other side is up for grabs. Trey Johnson started last year, with 9 tackles and 3 sacks, but coaches think there could be more productivity from the spot. Johnson actually enters the preseason as an underdog to reclaim his starting role, with true Freshman JaQuan Robinson and redshirt Freshman Malachi McCain ahead of him on the depth chart. DT Julius Adame 6-3 304 Jr England (England AR) 3.0 of 3.0 [1-Gap] DT Ibrahima Spikes 6-7 333 So Senatobia (Senatobia MS) 3.0 of 3.0 [2-Gap] DT Ali Loomis 6-3 274 Fr Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale FL) 2.0 of 3.5 [1-Gap] DT Zontavius Gray 6-2 288 Fr Harding Academy (Searcy AR) 1.5 of 3.5 [2-Gap] DT Micah Okeefe 6-3 334 Fr St. James (St. James LA) 1.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] DT Devin Quarless 6-5 311 Fr Cook (Adel GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [2-Gap] -2nd-team all-conference selection Russell Nadeau graduated, leaving the competition wide open among a group of solid yet inexperienced players. Should the coaches run a 4-3 scheme, Julius Adama and the monstrous Ibrahima Spikes (6-7, 333!) will get first cracks at the starting team. Ali Loomis is a highly-regarded incoming Freshman who will also push for time. The Red Wolves signed 4 Freshman defensive linemen, and with depth questions, some combination of the Freshman group will play this season. Linebackers ILB Carl Booth 6-2 230 (Sr) Turrell (Turrell, AR) 3.5 of 3.5 [Mike] 2nd team ILB Leonard Clayton 6-3 212 Jr White Hall (White Hall AR) 3.0 of 3.0 [Will] ILB Nathan Addison 6-2 237 So Troy (Troy OH) 1.5 of 2.5 [Mike] ILB Mohamed Burden 6-2 259 Fr Fairview (Fairview TN) 1.0 of 2.5 [Mike] ILB Kenneth Cross 6-2 226 Sr Keenan (Columbia, SC) 1.5 of 1.5 [Will] ILB Johnny Roland 6-1 207 Sr Spring Hill (Hope, AR) 1.5 of 1.5 [Mike] -Carl Booth had an impressive 51 tackles last season, earning the playmaker 2nd-team all-conference honors. Junior Leonard Clayton will back up Booth, but after those two, the talent level drops off considerably. True Freshman Mohamed Burden and Sophomore Nathan Addison will round out the two-deep, although neither is ready to compete at a high-level. OLB David Bullock 6-1 224 (Sr) Lutheran (Little Rock, AR) 4.5 of 4.5 [Coverage] OLB Jackson Chaney 6-1 219 Jr Ringgold (Ringgold LA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] OLB Julio Barragan 6-0 238 Jr Orange Glen (Escondido CA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Coverage] OLB Raymond Teague 6-2 232 Fr Biloxi (Biloxi MS) 3.0 of 3.0 [Coverage] OLB Paul Pickett 6-0 225 Fr Ritenour (Overland MO) 2.5 of 3.0 [Coverage] OLB Martin Acosta 6-2 229 Sr Arkansas Baptist (Little Rock, AR) 2.5 of 2.5 [Blitz] OLB Julian Arnett 6-0 219 Fr Eastlake (Chula Vista CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Coverage] -Senior David Bullock is the best player on the team and is expected to anchor the defensive side this season. He underperformed last year with a total of 20 tackles. That output must improve for the Red Wolves to move out of the cellar. There will be a good three-way battle for the other starting spot, with Jackson Chaney, who had 33 tackles and 1 sack last season, with the slight upper hand. True Freshman Raymond Teague will likely make the two-deep and classmate Paul Rickett will fight for playing time this year. Secondary CB Seantrell Dyer 6-1 155 (Jr) J.A. Fair (Little Rock, AR) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] – 2nd team CB Cayden Pitts 6-2 179 Jr Central Catholic (Morgan City LA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] CB D'Andre Clemons 6-1 188 Jr Bentonville (Bentonville AR) 3.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Lucas Battle 5-9 189 Fr Lafayette County (Lewisville AR) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Brian Sheppard 6-1 163 Sr Jasper County (Ridgeland, SC) 2.5 of 2.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Jacquies Guillory 5-11 185 Jr Central Arkansas Christian (AR) 2.5 of 2.5 [Man Coverage] CB Nat Grant 6-2 187 Jr Farmerville (Farmerville LA) 2.5 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] ATH Javorius Eason 5-10 191 (Fr) Central Catholic (Morgan City LA) 2.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] CB Hakeem Mayberry 6-1 203 (Fr) Dardanelle (Dardanelle AR) 2.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] CB Arnoldo Eaton 5-10 175 Sr Stewart County (Dover, TN) 2.0 of 2.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Steven Pickens 6-0 194 (Fr) Central Arkansas Christian (AR) 2.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] -Arkansas State has a lot of cornerbacks on the roster, too many quite frankly. Better position distribution on the roster is a goal of the Arkansas State coaching staff. Junior Seantrell Dyer had 17 tackles, 4 sacks and an interception last season, earning 2nd team all-conference honors. He has one of the corner spots locked up. D’Andre Clemons saw spot duty in 2033, and will try and hold off Junior Cayden Pitts for the other corner spot. Lucas Battle was one of the highest-rated recruits signed and will fight for playing time. FS Micah Roland 5-10 205 (So) Barnsdall (Barnsdall OK) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] FS Lamont Berry 6-2 186 So Deer Park (Cincinnati OH) 3.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Roman Noonan 5-11 190 (Fr) Lake Providence (Lake Providence LA) 2.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] FS Angel Morales 6-1 186 Sr Harmony Grove (Camden, AR) 2.5 of 2.5 [Zone Coverage] FS Devon Ford 6-0 181 Jr St. Mary's (Natchitoches LA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Zone Coverage] FS Marc Whaley 5-11 191 (Sr) Spring Hill (Hope, AR) 2.0 of 2.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Marc Whaley 5-11 191 (Sr) Spring Hill (Hope, AR) 2.0 of 2.0 [Zone Coverage] -Lamont Berry started last year recording 22 tackles. He will be in an intense pre-season battle with fellow Sophomore Micah Roland for the starting free safety spot. Expect either Roman Noonan or David Ford to switch over to strong safety to provide additional depth., SS Leo Edwards 6-1 166 (Sr) Cathedral (Little Rock, AR) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] SS Eli Poindexter 6-0 189 (So) Harding Academy (Searcy AR) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] SS Gary Lambert 6-1 161 Sr West Fork (West Fork, AR) 2.5 of 2.5 [Man Coverage] -Leo Edwards had 35 tackles and 1 interception in 2033, and barring the unexpected, will man the strong safety spot again. Eli Poindexter will see playing time as second string strong and safety and likely as the nickel back. Position moves will add depth to this unit.
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