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Football Scoop reports that Arkansas State has hired Northwestern State RB/TE coach Will Weaver to serve in a "defensive quality control role."

Weaver has spent the past five seasons with FCS Northwestern State. He worked on the offensive side, there, but will be shifting over to defense with the Red Wolves. This will be his first taste of FBS coaching, albeit in an off-field capacity.
Apr 9 - 2:59 PM

WR Chris Murray recorded a 4.45 40-yard dash at Arkansas State's pro day.

Murray (5'9/185) also posted a vertical jump of 10-foot-3. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline labeled Murray a "sleeper" wide receiver who led Arkansas State in receptions (50) and touchdowns (9) as a senior. Murray's year was highlighted by a 5 catch, 188 yard, two touchdown eruption against Georgia Southern on Oct. 5th. Murray will try to find his way onto the roster after solid production at Arkansas State and showing good speed in the 40-yard dash.
Apr 5 - 9:16 PM

DT Dee Liner recorded a 5.02 40-yard dash at Arkansas State's pro day.

Liner (6'2/335) also completed 23 reps on the bench press and touched 25 inches in the vertical jump. He had six tackles-for-loss in 11 games as a senior and was a big part of their defensive line. He has already had a visit with the Saints and has another scheduled with the Jaguars. The former Alabama top-recruit is looking to be a late-round pick in the NFL draft.
Apr 5 - 8:34 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports DE Ja’Von Rolland-Jones "performed poorly" at Arkansas State's pro day.

Rolland-Jones (6'2/251) lackluster pro day consisted of a 5.12 40-yard dash, a vertical jump of 27.5 inches, and a broad jump of 9-foot-7. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein projects Rolland-Jones to be selected in rounds 5-to-6 and views him as a potential backup. Going more in-depth Zierlein says, "His lack of physical traits will push him down the draft board some, but he has the consistency of production and the play traits to challenge for a role as a designated pass rusher in sub-packages." Jones hasn't performed very well in the draft process and has seen his draft stock fall this offseason.
Apr 5 - 8:15 PM

Bleacher Report's David Kenyon lists Arkansas State as one of the sleeper teams to watch for in 2018.

When you return a quarterback who is as good as Justice Hansen, you have a chance to win games, and that's what the Red Wolves do. He's not the only quality offensive player coming back, however, as Kenyon notes that they return four starters on the offensive line, dynamic playmaker Warren Wand, and playmaker wideout Justin McInnis. The questions here are on defense. "The departures of Ja'Von Rolland-Jones, Dee Liner, Kyle Wilson and Blaise Taylor, among others, are significant," writes Kenyon. "However, if the unit can recover enough to complement Hansen and the offense, it's ASU's year for a Sun Belt crown."
Mar 12 - 5:39 PM

Arkansas State has hired Western New Mexico OC Chris Buckner to be the new WR coach.

Buckner has spent the last two years as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for Western New Mexico. He also coached wide receivers at North Carolina Central. This will be his first foray into FBS coaching.
Mar 10 - 3:01 PM

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


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