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Arkansas redshirt junior QB Justice Hansen threw for 415 yards and three touchdowns along with two interceptions in a 43-36 loss to Nebraska on Saturday.

Those two interceptions were occupational hazards, as the Red Wolves asked Hansen to carry them to a victory. He very nearly did. Hansen could have had even more yardage if not for a few drops, but for the most part, the 6-foot-four, 207-pound quarterback had no issues with the Cornhusker defense. He very nearly had a game-tying touchdown pass in the last seconds, but the ball sailed just enough to find its way out of the hands of the Arkansas State receiver. Hansen was a quality player last year who threw for 19 touchdowns, but based on what we saw tonight, he could be in for a much bigger year in 2017.
Sep 3 - 12:18 AM

SI tabs Arkansas State redshirt senior DE Ja’Von Rolland-Jones as the "top pass-rusher in the Group of Five" and ranks him as the No. 95 player in college football.

Rolland-Jones posted 13.5 sacks last year, good for No. 5 in the FBS and No. 1 in the Group of Five. He added 21.5 TFL in winning the Sun Belt’s player of the year award. Incredibly, Rolland-Jones did all that despite beginning the year as a second-stringer. "Now with his spot as an every-down player solidified, Rolland-Jones has an opportunity to post even bigger numbers in his senior year and improve his draft stock," wrote Collin Becht. Rolland-Jones was recently named to the Bednarik Award Watch List and the Bronko Nagurski Award Watch List. Lindy's, Phil Steele's, Athlon and Street & Smith all have him as a Preseason First Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection, and Phil Steele has him as the No. 22 ranked NFL Draft-eligible defensive end prospect in the nation.
Source: SI
Jul 17 - 3:46 PM

Arkansas State senior TE Blake Mack has been named to the 2017 John Mackey Award Watch List.

Mack (6'3/245) made 12 starts in 13 games last season and earned second-team All-Sun Belt honors for the campaign. He did so on the strength of 34 catches for 652 yards and three touchdowns while averaging a hearty 19.2 yards per reception. That 19.2 mark was tops among all-comers in the conference.
Jul 15 - 12:47 PM

Bleacher Report predicts that Arkansas State junior RB Warren Wand might lead the Sun Belt in rushing this season.

The diminutive Wand (5'5/174) is more powerful and durable than he has any business being at that size. Last year, he had at least 11 carries in every game and nearly twice as many touches as the next-highest player on ASU's roster. In all, Wand posted 879 rushing yards, 279 receiving yards and 10 total touchdowns in 2016.
Jul 5 - 2:15 PM

Arkansas State redshirt sophomore QB Justice Hansen completed 12-of-26 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 31-13 win over UCF in the Cure Bowl.

All three of Hansen's touchdown tosses went to Kendall Sanders. Two of those three came after halftime, as the Red Wolves took a 17-10 halftime lead and slowly extended it like a python crushing the bones of its prey over the final two quarters. Hansen didn't start for the first three games of the season, but once he took over for Chad Voytik, he played masterfully, throwing for 2,397 yards with an 18/8 TD/INT ratio over the final 10 games (including Saturday's bowl) of the 2016 campaign.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 09:47:00 PM

Arkansas St. senior WR Kendall Sanders caught five passes for 127 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 31-13 win over UCF in the Cure Bowl.

The speedy Sanders hauled in touchdowns of 12, 75 and 17 yards in the first, third and fourth quarters (respectively). This was his best overall performance of the 2016 campaign, as his previous high-yardage game came when he logged a 6-101-2 receiving line against New Mexico State on November 12. For the season as a whole, he finishes up having caught 38 passes for 553 yards and seven touchdowns.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 09:40:00 PM

Arkansas State HC Blake Anderson is in negotiations with Baylor for their coaching vacancy, according to Football Scoop.

The Scoop notes other coaches have negotiated with Baylor before talks fizzled out. Anderson has a history with the Bears, playing at the school from 1987 to 1989. He signed an extensions with Arkansas State just a few months ago.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 10:46:00 AM

Football Scoop reports that Arkansas State HC Blake Anderson’s reps hare trying to get him "in the mix" at Baylor.

Anderson began his playing career with the Bears. He’s also been linked to the Houston coaching search. Anderson has 23 wins across three years with the Red Wolves.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 03:58:00 PM

Arkansas State sophomore RB Warren Wand rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in Saturday's 36-14 win over Texas State.

Wand scored from 26 yards out early in the second quarter. That was the only touchdown the Red Wolves managed in the first half. They clung to a 16-14 lead entering the fourth quarter before dropping 20 consecutive points in the fourth to pull away for an easy-on-the-scoreboard victory. This was just Wand's second 100-yard rushing effort in 12 games. At 7-5, Arkansas State will be going bowling in the coming weeks.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 11:24:00 PM

Arkansas State sophomore RB Warren Wand rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in Saturday's 17-7 win over South Alabama.

While Wand has notched just a singular 100-yard rushing effort this season, he has been middling-dependable for the Red Wolves through six games. The 5-foot-5, 179-pound sophomore has rushed for at least 50 yards five times in that space. In his last two games, Wand has picked up 228 yards on the ground. This recent bout of friskiness should earn him at least a pause on the waiver wire.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 10:04:00 PM

Arkansas State junior WR Chris Murray (collarbone) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against South Alabama.

Murray injured his collarbone on the first play of last Wednesday's 27-26 win over Georgia Southern. While the 5-foot-9, 181-pound junior has already been nixed for this weekend's game, he is expected (barring a setback) to be able to return against Louisiana-Monroe on October 29. The Red Wolves have a bye in-between the South Alabama and Louisiana-Monroe contests, allowing Murray a convenient window in which to heal. Through four-plus games, the wideout has caught seven passes for 157 yards (22.4 yards per reception). He is still looking for his first touchdown.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 03:32:00 PM

Arkansas State sophomore RB Warren Wand rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in Wednesday's 27-26 win over Georgia Southern.

The Red Wolves absolutely rolled Georgia Southern on the ground, finishing the evening with 343 yards rushing as a team. Johnston White impressed with 126 yards of his own, but it was Wand who led Arkansas State in ground yardage. The 5-foot-5, 179-pounder averaged a cool 7.4 YPC in the contest. His long run of the evening came when he busted through a wide-open running lane in the third quarter, racing 55 yards for the touchdown. Through five games, Wand has rushed for 368 yards and two touchdowns. Wednesday saw him crack 100 yards for the first time this season.
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 12:19:00 AM

Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson announced redshirt sophomore QB Justice Hansen as starter for Saturday’s game against Central Arkansas.

Anderson is pulling the plug on graduate transfer Chad Voytik in favor of Hansen, the former Oklahoma Sooner. "What we were able to find out in the fourth quarter against Auburn was that Justice was going to stay calm under pressure and that he’s starting to really get a grasp of what we were doing," Anderson said. "And you found out in the second half [Friday] that he’s just further along than Chad." Hansen started last year at Butler County Community College.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 09:44:00 PM

Arkansas St. senior WR Kendall Sanders boasts a 4.33 second 40-yard dash.

On an uber-fast roster, Sanders is the fastest player, even beating former TCU return man Cameron Echols-Luper, a renowned speed maven (Echols-Luper runs a 4.34). Arkansas St. is expected to pass a bit more this year than they did last.
Source: SB Nation
Wed, Jul 13, 2016 07:38:00 PM

Arkansas State redshirt sophomore DT Dee Liner exited the spring as a starter.

"There were a couple people that we thought had a chance to win that job this spring, but he finished the spring as our starting 3-technique," Arkansas State DL coach Brian Early said. A former Alabama ace recruit, Liner was the No. 4 DT and No. 46 overall prospect in the 2013 class, per the 247Sports composites. "Every time we lined up and went live, the sucker showed up and he was making plays," Early said. "Whenever he was single-blocked, we couldn't block him this spring. The offensive line couldn't block him." The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Liner said he "really lost the love for the game of football" at Alabama when he was buried on the depth chart.
Source: AL.com
Mon, Jul 11, 2016 06:11:00 PM


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