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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

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

Arkansas State redshirt senior TE Darrion Griswold "will be a better pro than college player," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He passes the eye test with broad shoulders and an athletic physique and for a former quarterback, Griswold has the ballskills to be a reliable pass-catcher. He has shown consistent improvement as a blocker, but still requires refinement and patience with his technique," Brugler wrote. In Griswold's time at Akansas State, he's hauled in 63 catches for 866 yards and nine touchdowns over four seasons.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 03:40:00 PM

Arkansas State redshirt senior DE Chis Stone was suspended for the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 19 against Louisiana Tech.

Arkansas State football coach Blake Anderson also suspended Tyler Trosin, who, like Stone, was arrested on drug charges earlier this week. Stone and Trosin face felony charges of possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and furnishing prohibited articles. Stone was recently selected to the All-Sun Belt Conference second team.
Source: newsok.com
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 04:26:00 PM

Arkansas State senior RB Michael Gordon toted the ball 20 times for 148 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 55-17 victory over Texas State.

In so doing, Gordon cracked the century mark for the season, the second consecutive campaign he's done so. Heading into the bowl season, Gordon has run for 1,055 yards with nine touchdowns. The Red Wolves finished a perfect 8-0 in Sun Belt play (9-3 overall).
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 06:44:00 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter expects an NFL coach to "find a way" to get Arkansas State redshirt senior TE Darrion Griswold "on the field right away."

"At 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, he should do enough as a blocker to earn playing time," Reuter wrote. "He can be a solid option in the red zone, too. If Griswold's new team can't utilize him in 2016, then maybe fellow tight end prospects Tyler Higbee (Western Kentucky) and Bryce Williams (East Carolina) will benefit from a good situation." The analyst sees Griswold "as a Larry Donnell-type prospect." Griswold, who reportedly has a 4.67 forty, will play in the Shrine Game.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 02:27:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports Arkansas State redshirt senior WR J.D. McKissic's draft stock is in a freefall.

McKissic probably only has stock in the first place because he had 82 catches as a sophomore. "I put McKissic on my watch list [after that] but his play has gone downhill since," Pauline wrote. McKissic dropped off to 53 receptions last year and has only 43 this year with two games left on the schedule. "McKissic comes up shy in the areas of size/speed (5-feet/9.5-inches, 4.50s forty) and his drop in production is a major red flag," Pauline wrote.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 05:06:00 PM

Arkansas State TE Darrion Griswold will attend the East West Shrine Game.

Griswold is big (6'5/264 lbs) and reportedly fast (4.67 forty), which is a sought after combination for the position. Like most collegiate tight ends, the production is limited. However, Griswold does have four years of tape and 63 catches for 866 yards and nine touchdowns to his name.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 09:29:00 AM

Arkansas State senior RB Michael Gordon toted the ball 17 times for 136 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 40-27 upset win at Appalachian State.

Huge win for the Red Wolves, who snapped Appalachian State's 10-game Sun Belt winning streak. Arkansas State now sits in sole possession of first place in the conference and only needs to beat a trio of conference also-rans to take home the title and finish undefeated in Sun Belt play. As for Gordon, many of his yards and the touchdown came on the 73-yard third quarter jaunt that you can see at the link below.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 11:50:00 PM


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