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  1. 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.
  2. Arkansas State prepares for life without Salas Larry Spader was named head coach of the Arkansas State Red Wolves midway through the season, with the team in the midst of a lengthy losing streak. Spader did little to stop this downward trend. Arkansas State finished the season with a poor 2-10 record, 1-7 in conference, despite being led by signal caller Eugene Salas, who finished 3rd in the nation in passing yards with 3,982 yards. This output earned Salas first team all-conference honors. With the prolific signal caller departed, the hope is that the Red Wolves will move to a more balanced offensive approach, deviating greatly from the pass, pass, pass, and then pass some more philosophy employed last season. A look at the roster as the Red Wolves turn the page on their disappointing season: OFFENSE: Quarterbacks QB Alan Puckett 5-11 183 (Sr) Jones County (Gray, GA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Scrambling] QB Finn Foy 5-11 213 (So) Kenwood (Clarksville TN) 2.0 of 3.0 [Hybrid] QB Rory North 6-2 234 Fr DeLeon (DeLeon TX) 1.5 of 3.0 [Scrambling] -Senior Alan Puckett, who has patiently waited his turn behind the productive Salas, finally gets his opportunity to take the helm of the offense. More of a scrambling quarterback, Puckett will definitely not be asked to throw the ball 50 times a game as was expected of Salas. Expect numerous new offensive sets to be added to ensure Puckett’s athletic ability is showcased. Running backs RB Modesto Holland 6-1 170 Sr Clarksville (Clarksville, AR) 2.5 of 2.5 [Speed] RB Austin Connor 5-11 205 Jr Mandeville (Mandeville LA) 2.5 of 3.0 [Speed] RB Quincy Key 5-11 214 (Fr) Watertown (Watertown TN) 2.0 of 3.5 [Power] RB Ralph Tompkins 5-11 195 Fr Newberg (Newberg OR) 1.5 of 3.0 [Power] RB Enrique Kramer 5-11 188 (Sr) Cross (Cross, SC) 2.5 of 2.5 [Power] -Modesto Holland was the starter last season, but quite frankly, Arkansas State didn’t run the ball. Holland rushed 49 times for 203 yards and 3 TDs. He will get more carries this season as the Red Wolves move to a more balanced offense. Junior Austin Connor and redshirt Freshman Quincy Key will fight for the back-up spot. Look for true Freshman Ralph Tompkins, who is coming to Jonesboro all the way from Oregon, to also be in the mix for playing time. FB Nigel Stewart 5-10 241 So Lake Highland Prep (Orlando FL) 1.5 of 2.0 [Pass Blocking] FB Rodney McNeil 5-11 203 (Sr) Daviess County (Owensboro, KY) 1.5 of 1.5 [Pass Blocking] -Arkansas State did not employ many fullback sets in 2033, so both returners are a bit untested. With only two fullbacks on the roster, this will not be a featured position. Wide Receiver WR Elijah Stephens 6-0 201 So Pineville (Pineville LA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Target] WR John Irvin 6-2 173 Jr Central Arkansas Christian (AR) 3.0 of 3.0 [Speed] WR Abe Levesque 6-2 174 (Fr) Copiah Academy (Gallman MS) 3.0 of 3.0 [Speed] WR Marcus Grace 5-11 171 (So) Luther (Luther OK) 2.5 of 3.0 [Speed] WR Xaryus Gibson 6-1 169 Fr Hall (Little Rock AR) 1.0 of 4.0 [Speed] WR Robert Asher 6-0 164 (So) LaSalle (Olla LA) 2.5 of 3.0 [Speed] WR Thomas Hough 5-9 184 Sr Bearden (Bearden, AR) 2.5 of 2.5 [Speed] -The Arkansas State offense was a dream for the receiving corp, and it produced monster stats for numerous wideouts. Elijah Stephens caught 66 passes for 823 yards and 10 touchdowns, Marcus Grace had 41 catches for 513 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Thomas Hough pulled in 75 catches for 931 yards and 7 touchdowns. Those stats earned Stephens first team all-conference honors as a Freshman while Hough earned second team honors. 2034 will see the wideouts actually tasked with run-blocking, a skill many will have to relearn. Talented redshirt Freshman Abe Levesque will be a part of the wide receiver rotation, as will highly recruited signee Xaryus Gibson. TE Manuel Gonzalez 6-6 229 (Jr) North Hall (Gainesville, GA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blocking] TE Joseph Anderson 6-6 234 (Sr) Lee (Marianna, AR) 3.5 of 3.5 [Receiving] TE Kilohana Hunt 6-0 224 Jr Tallulah (Tallulah LA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blocking] TE Anthony Dunbar 6-4 213 So Marlboro County (Bennettsville SC) 2.0 of 2.5 [Receiving] TE Shaun Doss 6-1 231 Fr Cornersville (Cornersville TN) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blocking] -The tight end corp is one of the deeper units on the team, and unfortunately was not utilized to its potential last season. Gonzales is an elite talent while Anderson and Hunt will see playing time as the team employs more two tight ends sets. The depth of the unit likely means a redshirt for incoming Frosh Shaun Doss. Offensive line OT Bryce Burleson 6-2 295 (So) England (England AR) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] OT Charles Knight 6-4 272 (Jr) Clements (Athens, AL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Christopher Wetzel 6-4 319 (So) Hahnville (Boutte LA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Micah Ackerman 6-1 307 Jr St. Mary's (Natchitoches LA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] OT Solomon McConnell 6-1 287 So William Blount (Maryville TN) 2.0 of 2.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Rafael Beaver 6-6 293 Fr Muskegon (Muskegon MI) 1.0 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] OT Christopher Ott 6-6 320 Fr Watertown (Watertown TN) 1.0 of 2.5 [Pass Blocking] -Sophomore Bruce Burleson is already the best lineman on the team, and will be asked this season to once again cover the blind side for the Red Wolves signal caller. Charles Knight and Christopher Wentzel are the pre-season battle to watch, while Micah Ackerman will spell the starters. Rafael Beaver and Christopher Ott will both redshirt. OG Edgar Hensley 6-7 274 (Jr) McCrory (McCrory, AR) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Charles Kane 6-6 266 (Jr) Riverside (Avon, MS) 3.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] OG Ramon Cabrera 6-6 269 (So) False River (New Roads LA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] OG Jared Einstein 6-7 273 (So) Heber Springs (Heber Springs AR) 2.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OG Eddy Nevarez 6-1 299 Jr Heritage (Maryville TN) 2.5 of 2.5 [Pass Blocking] OG Elijah Machado 6-7 332 Jr Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook IL) 2.5 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] OG Adrian Driver 6-5 323 So Whitehaven (Memphis TN) 2.0 of 2.0 [Pass Blocking] OG David Eller 6-5 298 (Fr) J.D. Leftwich (Magazine AR) 2.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] OG Devon Elam 6-4 274 Fr False River (New Roads LA) 2.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] OG Ryan Saenz 6-3 329 Fr Mt. Pleasant (Mt. Pleasant TN) 1.0 of 2.0 [Pass Blocking] -Going into pre-season, Junior Edgar Hensley has the lock on one-starting spot while Charles Kane and Roman Cabrera will fight it out for the other, although all will see significant playing time. Coaches love the potential of Sophomore Jared Einstein and expect him to be on the two-deep going into the 2034 campaign. The coaches will seriously explore moving one of these players to center to not just add depth, but possibly take over as a starter at the position. C Ari Kearney 6-4 282 (So) LaSalle (Olla LA) 2.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] C Ronald Lloyd 6-6 278 (Sr) Osceola (Osceola, AR) 1.5 of 1.5 [Pass Blocking] -Coaches are extremely concerned with the depth at the center position and are not sold on Kearney as the starter. Expect a body or two to be moved to foster competition for the starting spot. Next up, defense.
  3. Congrats SMU and job well-done @Time
  4. Congratulations @Buckyb on the Coach of the Year award. For as bad a season as we had in Jonesboro, nice to see a number of our guys getting some recognition. Freshman Elijah Stephens makes 1st team all-conference which is a good sign for the future.
  5. I took over Arkansas State midway through recruiting so we were stuck with a few AI guys we’re not thrilled with, but overall we were able to add some talent to salvage at least something from the recruiting class. A couple of the standout commits: Lucas Battle, 5’9, 189, Lewisville, Arkansas; CB, Zone Coverage, 1.0 of 4.0. Xaryus Gibson, 6’1, 189 Little Rock, Arkansas; WR, Speed, 1.0 of 4.0 Two in-state players who we managed to convince to stay home. Ideally we’d like both to redshirt but Gibson may be forced into action. We still lead on a few Juco players so holding out hope we can add an immediate starter or two to the class.
  6. Arkansas State's horrendous season almost has a bright spot with the near upset of Louisiana-Lafayette. May have come close but in the end, it's yet another loss.
  7. Arkansas State is a mess. Need to make some major philosophical adjustments in the off-season. Running the ball zero times is absurd.
  8. Excellent write-ups! Arkansas State is looking for a (minor) miracle.
  9. Great analysis! Arkansas State is going to try hard and salvage something from this class, although the work of the CPU was not too shabby. Congrats to Georgia State on their top in the Sun Belt class so far.
  10. I believe this is the correct format for new coaches. CFBHC Career: Arkansas State (2023-present) NFLHC Career: None Achievements: None Offense: 10 Defense: 10Special Teams: 10 Clock Mgmt: 10Discipline: 10Youth Mgmt: 10
  11. Great question and one I know a lot of our fans are wondering as well. For the Seniors, this comes down to the question of how you want to end your career in Jonesboro? You have a chance to turn things around and set the stage for this program going forward. For the younger guys, these last games are an audition. There's a new coaching staff who will be evaluating the entire team and some young guys have a chance to get in the mix. From a tactical standpoint, we have one of the best quarterbacks in the conference. We need to find a way to protect him as the offensive line play has been poor. We are going to make some line up changes and try out some different formations to give Eugene Salas more time. He's been sacked 23 times which is something we have to address if we hope to win games.
  12. At the Arkansas State athletic facility this afternoon, Larry Spader was introduced as the new head coach for the Red Wolves program. Spader was late for his own introductory press conference, and offered an unapologetic reason for this tardiness, “I was recruiting. You don’t win without talented players. Recruiting is the life-blood of any program and we’re behind the eight-ball a little bit as we’ve missed out on a lot time with these high school players. But we are going to work hard to build some relationships and persuade these kids to buy into our vision for the program.” Spader then talked about the monumental challenge ahead as he takes over a team that is 1-6 and winless in conference, “This season hasn’t been what many fans expected. But there are some very talented players on this roster and we’re going to work hard to make sure we finish strong. We’re not giving up on anything. We have one of the best quarterbacks in the conference in Eugene Salas and we’re going to work hard to make sure he finishes his Arkansas State career on a high note. Ideally, we would have liked to have an off-season for training and to get a full recruiting cycle under our belts. But this opportunity presented itself now, and there is no way I was turning down the chance to coach at such an esteemed university.” Arkansas State is coming off a 9-4 season in 2022 and a win over Eastern Michigan in the Arizona Bowl. Spader talked about returning to the post-season, “Last year was a great season for this team and I commend the work of previous coach Youngdunc15. There is no reason we can’t get back to bowl games. Things may have gone South over the course of this campaign, but the foundation is in place to return Arkansas State to a Sun Belt contender. “
  13. Approved as Arkansas State, Sun Belt. Thanks!
  14. 1. Please list your email address and/or your reddit username at which you can be contacted. larryspader@gmail.com 2. Before continuing, please thoroughly read the coaching course and feel free to ask questions. Confirm that you have read the coaching course by writing "Confirmed" below. Confirmed 3. What team do you want to coach? Arkansas State 4. Please select two backup teams (in descending order of preference) in case your first choice is unavailable. UConn, Middle Tn State 5. In three or more sentences, tell us a little about yourself. How old are you, what do you do, where are you from, why would you be a good fit here, etc. I'm a long-time college football fanatic living in Denver, Colorado. Been a part of numerous online sim leagues. I know that the community building aspect of leagues is just as fun as the actual games. I'll be an active head coach and look forward to competing and interacting with you all. I also played in BBCF leagues so I have experience with the sim. 6. This site can be as time consuming as you want it to be. Weekly duties can be completed in 30 minutes or less, however interacting with your fellow players throughout the week makes it more enjoyable for most people. Approximately, how much free time do you have during a typical week? Can definitely devote a couple of hours a week. 7. Losing games is an inevitable reality on this site, especially when accepting newer teams. Do you believe you can handle losing? Disappointment is expected, however we have had issues with people freaking out, and even leaving the site because of losing. -I'm a Colorado Buffaloes fan. All we have is disappointment (see Friday night's game against USC as the perfect example) 8. How did you find out about this site? If recommended by a friend, please post his/her username. Google search of online college football sims. Thanks for the consideration!
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