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Arkansas State RB coach Norval McKenzie will now additionally serve as special teams coordinator.

McKenzie was brought on as running backs coach at Arkansas State in the winter of 2016. He initially came over from Furman to take that gig.
Source: kait8.com
Feb 13 - 6:14 PM

Arkansas State promoted assistant Nick Paremski to outside linebackers coach.

Paremski has been with Arkansas State for the past two seasons. Prior to his time with the Red Wolves, he turned in a lengthy stint at West Texas A&M (2006-15), with the final three years of that stay coming as the program's defensive coordinator.
Source: kait8.com
Feb 13 - 5:53 PM

Football Scoop reports that Arkansas State will hire Lafayette WR coach Gunnard Twyner to serve in the same capacity.

Twyner's 2017 season with FCS Lafayette was his first on staff. He parlayed a successful playing career at Western Illinois (1993-95) into four seasons in the NFL and five more in the Arena Football League before hanging up his cleats. This job with Arkansas State will be his initial foray into FBS coaching.
Feb 13 - 3:02 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline listed Arkansas State redshirt senior edge-rusher Ja'Von Rolland-Jones as one of the players who struggled on Monday in the first practice of the East-West Shrine Game.

Rolland-Jones has been one of the most productive pass rushers over the past two seasons with 27 sacks in that time frame, but Pauline didn't like what he saw from the 6-foot-2, 244-pound edge-rusher on Monday. "I was a bit surprised, as Rolland-Jones looked lost at times," Pauline said. "He struggled finding the ball and was often easily washed from the action by a single blocker." Jones will have plenty more chances to impress this week, but it does sound like he didn't necessarily start the week off right.
Jan 16 - 1:52 AM

According to his personal Twitter account, former Oregon and Texas A&M junior WR Kirk Merritt will transfer to Arkansas State.

Merritt spent last year at East Mississippi CC, better known as the former "Last Chance U." In terms of talent, he's a big acquisition for the Red Wolves. That sentence comes with a big caveat: Merritt is mired with off-field concerns. He was dismissed last May from A&M after troubling charges surfaced of indecent exposure. The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder is the No. 34 JUCO prospect in the country, per the 247 Composite. He's a true burner.
Jan 15 - 8:16 PM

Bengals TE coach Jonathan Hayes and Raiders TE coach Bobby Johnson have been named the East-West Shrine Game head coaches.

Hayes will coach the East and Johnson the West, with both building staffs of other position coaches across the league. Johnson was actually interviewed for the Raiders head coaching job. Two head coaches at the same position, tight end, is an interesting choice.
Jan 10 - 10:31 AM

Arkansas State junior WR Justin McInnis snagged seven passes for 107 yards and scored a touchdown in a 35-30 loss to Middle Tennessee in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on Saturday.

McInnis's touchdown was a 20-yard strike from Justice Hansen that brought the Red Wolves back into the game at 28-18. He made several other big catches on the night, but it wasn't enough. The 6-foot-6, 202-pound junior from Quebec excelled late in the year, with over 400 of his 693 yards coming in the last three games. With his size, he's certain to get draft looks in 2019, and he'll start the year near the top of watch lists for wideouts in the Sun Belt.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 12:21:00 AM

Arkansas State redshirt junior QB Justice Hansen completed 31-of-57 passes for 337 yards and three scores with one touchdown in a 35-30 loss to Middle Tennessee State in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on Saturday.

Hansen (6'4/207) also rushed for 32 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown. The only reason the Red Wolves were in this game was the star junior quarterback, but they just couldn't do enough on defense to win the game. The redshirt junior took big strides forward in 2017, and draft analysts took notice. He ranks 12th on NFL Draft Scout's list of top quarterbacks for the 2018 class, but another step forward could see him take a big jump up, especially with his size and ability to make plays with his legs.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 12:17:00 AM

Arkansas State senior TE Blake Mack accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Mack (6'3/245) was a preseason watch-lister for the John Mackey before the season. He wound up posting a 46-609-7 receiving line across 11 games this year. Those numbers were good enough to earn him a first-team All-Sun Belt offense designation after the season. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline sees him as an undrafted free agent at this juncture, but he'll try to push his way into the late-round conversation through the evaluating process.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 01:27:00 PM

Arkansas State redshirt junior QB Justice Hansen completed 31-of-50 passes for 437 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in Saturday's loss against Troy.

The dual-threat QB also rushed 16 times for 52 yards while posting Ark State's only rushing score for the day. He really picked up the pace in that category, scoring at least one rushing touchdown (five total) over his past three outings. The Red Wolves have an outstanding offense, and Hansen's versatility makes them a dangerous opponent during bowl season.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 11:47:00 PM

Arkansas State junior WR hauled in nine passes for 211 yards in a 67-50 victory over ULM on Saturday.

McInnis (6'6/202) has been a regular part of the Arkansas State offense all year, but nothing like this. He and star quarterback Justice Hansen connected early and often on this one, with a long gain of 71 to set up a score. McInnis didn't score a touchdown, but it's tough to see the Red Wolves scoring as often as they do without his services on Saturday.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 06:57:00 PM

Arkansas State junior RB Warren Wand run for 173 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in a 67-50 victory over Louisiana Monroe on Saturday.

It ended up a three-score game, but this was actually a much closer affair than that score indicates. The 5-foot-5, 170-pound tailback is ridiculously tough to tackle, and he's shown that over his last two games with over 300 yards rushing. Wand will get one more regular season game to add to his rushing totals next week against Troy.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 06:51:00 PM

Arkansas State redshirt junior QB Justice Hansen completed 26-of-38 passes for 520 yards and four touchdowns with an interception and ran for two scores in a 67-50 win over Louisiana Monroe on Saturday.

What a game from Hansen, one of the more underrated quarterbacks in college football. Outside of an interception, he was sensational, and he torched the Warhawks defense through the air. He's also scored two rushing touchdowns in back-to-back games, showing he's not just a dropback passer for the Red Wolves. Hansen should have another big game next weekend when Arkansas State takes on Troy.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 06:47:00 PM

Arkansas junior RB Warren Wand ran 29 times for 143 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 30-12 victory over Texas State.

He also caught three passes for 26 yards. Wand struggled after returning from an ankle injury last week, but certainly looked healthy against the Bobcats. His eight-yard touchdown gave the Red Wolves a 10-6 lead in the middle of the first quarter, and he had several other chain-moving runs throughout Saturday. Arkansas State and Wand will take on ULM next week.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 06:35:00 PM

Arkansas State redshirt junior QB Justice Hansen completed 27-of-44 passes for 285 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions in Saturday's 24-19 loss to South Alabama.

While Hansen did end up with decent passing yardage, this was just a dreadful performance on the whole. This was his second four-pick showing of the campaign, but he had managed to cut down on his turnovers prior to imploding on Saturday. The redshirt junior had been picked off just one time in his last three games before South Alabama made him feel the pain. Still, even with this tough game, Hansen's overall body of work is a nice one. He's thrown for 2,449 yards with a 27/11 TD/INT ratio in eight games. Unlike most teams, the Red Wolves still have three games remaining on the docket. They'll take on Texas State, Louisiana-Monroe and Troy to close out the campaign.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 09:06:00 PM


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