Arkansas State Red Wolves 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart
Arkansas State Red Wolves 2017 Preview
The Arkansas State Red Wolvers look for their 7th consecutive postseason bid in 2017.
Overview: Head coach Blake Anderson looks to continue his successful run at Arkansas State and he has the pieces to do that if the rushing attack takes some of the burden off of the passing game.
USA TODAY Sports
Offense: The Arkansas State rushing attack was lackluster a season ago but the team received a boost in the passing attack with Justice Hansen who threw to everybody that was allowed to catch a pass. That shouldn’t change with ASU returning seven of the top eight pass catchers with Cam Echols-Luper, Dijon Paschal, Chris Murray and tight end Blake Mack leading the way although for good or bad, there was no ‘go to’ receiver. ASU gets Warren Wand back at running back but he was ordinary for the most part in 2016 and the running game as a whole is a mystery with the entire offensive line being rebuilt with guard Troy Elliott and two starts being the only real experience. The Red Wolves will look to transfers and recruits to fill the void but the line is an unknown.
Defense: The Arkansas State defense was airtight after a slow start to the 2016 season. The ASU depth might be the biggest question mark heading in to the year as some back ups might be forced in to starting roles with at least seven in the secondary and defensive line combined having departed. Ja’Von Rolland-Jones give Arkansas State a playmaker along the defensive line that seemed to always be making plays in the opponents backfield while tackle Dee Liner was getting stronger as 2016 progressed. Linebacker Kyle Wilson gave the Red Wolves 12.5 TFL while Blaise Taylor, Jamaris Hart and Justin Clifton lead the secondary. ASU has several ranked recruits coming in but depth and experience isn’t as good as last season.
Special Teams: Damon Foncham is back at punter and Sawyer Williams will be the new placekicker while Cameron Echols-Luper can handle all return duties.
Outlook: I think Arkansas State might be a little better on offense and perhaps not as stingy on defense then we saw in 2016 but their track record says another postseason bid should be there for the taking.
9-2 @ Nebraska
9-9 vs. Miami
9-16 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
9-23 @ SMU
10-4 @ Georgia Southern
10-14 vs. Coastal Carolina
10-19 vs. UL Lafayette
10-28 @ New Mexico State
11-11 @ South Alabama
11-18 vs. Texas State
11-25 @ UL Monroe
12-2 vs. Troy