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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.
Sep 22 - 9:44 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
Jul 13 - 7:38 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
Jul 11 - 6:11 PM

Former Oklahoma redshirt sophomore QB Justice Hansen is competing with former Pittsburgh grad QB Chad Voytik for Arkansas State's QB job.

One of the two will replace Fredi Knighten at quarterback. They will have the luxury of working behind an experienced line. Hansen, formerly a four-star, pro-style prospect for Oklahoma, transferred to Butler CC last year before moving to ASU in January. He has three years of eligibility left.
Jul 10 - 12:06 PM

Because Chad Voytik transferred to Arkansas State, WR/CB/KR/PR redshirt junior Cameron Echols-Luper will stay at receiver.

Echols-Luper initially transferred from TCU to Arkansas State to play quarterback in the team's signal-caller-happy scheme, but Voytik's acquisition means the Red Wolves are best off with the former Horned Frog on the outside. He may emerge as Voytik's No. 1 receiver. Echols-Luper ranked third in the Sun Belt Conference and tied for 22nd nationally by recording a 7.68-meter long jump during the indoor track season.
Jun 10 - 3:23 PM

The Sun Belt plans to add a conference title game beginning in 2018.

The Sun Belt will become the final league to add a title game. Arkansas State won the conference last season after going 8-0 against such opponents, with Appalachian State just behind them.
Jun 8 - 10:54 AM

Arkansas junior WR Kendrick Edwards transferred to Arkansas State.

Edwards announced his transfer on Twitter, though the Red Wolves have yet to confirm. Last March, the 6-foot-5, 212-pounder was removed from Arkansas and given permission to transfer, but was reinstated with the Razorbacks a short time later. During his two seasons at Arkansas, the former three-star recruit caught eight passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. He will have to sit out the 2016 season due to transfer regulations set by the NCAA, but will have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2017.
May 26 - 4:08 PM

Pittsburgh graduate QB Chad Voytik will transfer to Arkansas State.

Voytik had actually committed to transferring to Eastern Kentucky (of Noah Spence fame) earlier in the offseason, but it looks like the Red Wolves will be welcoming him into the fold instead. The Cleveland Daily Banner's Saralyn Norkus tweeted that he will "100% be playing in Jonesboro this season." The 6-foot-1, 215-pound gunslinger's best season with the Panthers came in 2014, when he accumulated 2,233 yards through the air with a 16/7 TD/INT ratio.
May 7 - 5:50 PM

Colts signed Arkansas State TE Darion Griswold.

Griswold (6'4/253) didn't make much noise in the Sun Belt Conference, managing a 13-187-2 receiving line as a senior and 65 catches in his four-year career. He's intriguing because of his basketball background, playing hoops as a redshirt freshman. Griswold has athleticism and length (33 3/4-inch arms) working in his favor, but he's a long-shot project with a ways to go.
May 2 - 2:54 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline noted that Arkansas State WR J.D. McKissic "fielded punts for a while" after his Pro Day receiving drills were completed.

Pauline hears that the workout setting was a "slow, sticky one," so take that into account with the following Pro Day numbers from McKissic. The 5-foot-10, 187-pound receiving prospect ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds, performed 17 reps at the bench press and logged leaps of 37 inches (vertical) and 10-foot-2 (broad). Analyst Pauline voiced extreme concern over his draft stock in mid-November, due mainly to his ever-continuing drop in production. After catching 103 and 82 passes during his redshirt freshman and sophomore campaigns in 2012 and 2013 (respectively), he managed to nab just 52 passes each of the last two seasons. Throw in a lack of overt speed and size and you have a potential cocktail for undrafted free agency.
Apr 5 - 9:04 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline relays that Artkansas State TE Darion Griswold "met a bit with the Green Bay Packers and also spent significant time with the Indianapolis Colts [during Tuesday's Pro Day]"

Griswold was omitted from the NFL Scouting Combine invite list and thus, Tuesday's Pro Day became his big opportunity to impress in athletic testing and position drills. Per Pauline, Griswold measured in at 6-foot-3, 250 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in the neighborhood of the upper 4.7's or low 4.8's, depending on the stopwatch, and notched a vertical jump of 32 inches. In February, CBS Sports analyst Dane Brugler forwarded the theory that Griswold's relatively quiet statistical output throughout his career (he caught 13 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns in 2015) was due in part to the fact that the Arkansas State coaching staff failed to fully utilize him in the offense.
Apr 5 - 8:37 PM

Pro Football Focus' Jordan Plocher argues that Arkansas State TE Darrion Griswold deserved an invitation to the NFL combine.

"Darion Griswold is a player who has stood out to our analysts since his sophomore year," he wrote. "Griswold has the size and movement ability that NFL teams love in tight end prospects. He can get open as a pass catcher and he also developed nicely as a run blocker over the past few years. While Griswold did fly under the radar at Arkansas State, he ended up as our 10th-highest tight end in this draft class and should hear his name called on Day 3." CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler recently wrote that the 6-foot-3, 249-pounder, a former basketball player, "has a chance to be a late round development option."
Feb 16 - 6:12 PM

Arkansas State TE Darrion Griswold "sports an impressive blend of athleticism, strength and size," according to CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler.

Griswold's been viewed as a diamond-in-the-rough draft prospect for some time, with TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline name-checking him as a player to watch over the summer. The 6-foot-5, 264-pounder caught just 13 passes for 188 yards and a pair of touchdowns this past season, though Brugler chalks that up to him being "underutilized" with Arkansas State. While Griswold was left off the NFL Scouting Combine invite list, the CBS analyst wrote that "in a weak tight end class, he has a chance to be a late round development option."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 13 - 4:15 PM

Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans reports that Arkansas State will hire Furman RB coach and special teams coordinator Norval McKenzie to serve in the same capacity.

McKenzie had served as Furman's RB coach for each of the last five seasons. In 2015, he also took on special team coaching duties. Both of those responsibilities will remain on his plate once he's officially joined Arkansas State. McKenzie began his coaching career as an assistant at Hiram High (in Georgia) in 2006.
Feb 7 - 1:22 PM

The Senior Bowl tapped Arkansas State TE Darrion Griswold to replace Florida's Jake McGee.

McGee pulled out of the event with a hamstring strain. Mr. Griswold is no doubt ecstatic about this turn of events. He's coming off a tremendous Shrine Game week where he "really helped himself," per NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah. The 6-foot-5, 264-pound prospect will be better in the NFL than he was in college, predicts CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
Jan 27 - 1:54 PM


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