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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

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said that Arkansas State TE Darrion Griswold "really helped himself [during this week's Shrine Game practices]."

As Jeremiah rightly points out, the 2016 TE class is notably thin, which could allow somebody like Griswold to sneak up higher than he would have otherwise. "He has ideal size for the position and he's a smooth, easy mover in the passing game. He can extend and attack the ball, as well as track it naturally over his shoulder," noted analyst Jeremiah. The 6-foot-5, 264-pound prospect does have the size you'd like to see, though his actual production--13-188-2 in 2015--leaves a bit to be desired. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler thinks he'll find more offensive success at the next level.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 23 - 4:20 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock noted that Arkansas State TE Darrion Griswold "ran good routes and made a really nice catch on a Y seam between good coverage" in Wednesday's Shrine Game practice.

Mayock believes that Griswold "opened some eyes again" in Wednesday's practice. The 6-foot-4, 264-pounder will need to keep up this kind of work throughout the draft process, as his actual statistical production has yet to catch up to his big frame. This past season, he caught just 13 passes for 187 yards and a pair of touchdowns. In 10 of 13 games, he caught one or none passes. CBS Sports analyst Dane Brugler believes he needs to improve his balance on routes and catch-points, though he also believes Griswold will be a better NFL player than he showed in his time with the Red Wolves.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 21 - 2:24 PM

Arkansas State TE Darrion Griswold "certainly passes the eye test with his large, athletic frame," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, but "is still learning how to best use his size to his advantage."

Griswold, a former high school quarterback, never posted more than the 24 catches or 312 yards that he accrued as a sophomore in 2013. For a player as talented as he is, that development is a bit troubling. "While he has ballskills and clear upside for the NFL, the one area Griswold needs to improve for the next level is his balance, both in his routes and at the catch point," Brugler wrote. The analyst thinks Griswold "will be a better pro than college player." NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter sees Griswold "as a Larry Donnell-type prospect." The 6-foot-5, 264-pound prospect reportedly runs a 4.67 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 20 - 10:28 AM

Pittsburgh redshirt sophomore QB Chad Voytik will seek a graduate transfer this spring.

As Voytik will be awarded his undergraduate degree in April, he'll be free to play immediately for an FBS squad next season. In a phone interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Sam Werner, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound redshirt sophomore called his decision to transfer "bittersweet," citing the friendships he's made over the last three seasons with the Panthers. In Voytik's best season with Pitt back in 2014, he threw for 2,233 yards (61.3% completions) with a 16/7 TD/INT ratio. As to where he might land next, Werner reports that Memphis is a very real possibility.
Jan 4 - 4:10 PM

Arkansas State senior QB Fredi Knighten completed 14-of-28 passes for 137 yards and two interceptions in Saturday's 47-28 loss to Louisiana Tech in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

Knighten was coming into New Orleans on a roll, having totaled nine touchdown passes over his last three games. The good times stopped rolling on Saturday. The 5-foot-11, 189-pound senior averaged a paltry 4.9 YPA and while the team did ultimately score 28 points, just 11 of those came after halftime. Had Knighten not missed three contests with a groin injury in the middle of the season, his overall numbers would look better than his still-respectable 1,835 yards and 19/9 TD/INTO ratio.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 01:12:00 AM

According to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, Arkansas State OC Walt Bell will join the Maryland coaching staff in the same capacity.

Bell is a jack-of-all-trades coach for Arkansas State, serving as offensive coordinator, QB coach and playcaller. The 31-year-old was offered the head coaching job at Louisiana-Monroe last week, but turned down that opportunity. He should provide a huge offensive boost for Maryland, as the Terps ranked as the No. 9 team in the Big Ten in terms of total offense . Arkansas State averaged 41 points per contest under Bell's watch this past season.
Source: Fox Sports
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 09:22:00 PM


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