Kiffin expecting a lot out of ASU D-Line

New Arkansas State defensive line coach Chris Kiffin is a coach that loves do his job with a lot of passion. The first year Red Wolf Coach will have a lot of experience to deal with his inaugural season in Jonesboro. Go "Inside" to get Kiffin's thoughts on who will battle for playing time and how many he plans on playing this fall.

New Arkansas State defensive line coach Chris Kiffin is a coach that loves do his job with a lot of passion.

The first year Red Wolf Coach will have a lot of experience to deal with his inaugural season in Jonesboro.

He will have six seniors and he is quick to admit that his starting four is going to be great, it's his goal to have eight to 10 guys ready to play so nothing is missed if one of the starters goes out for a series.

"We are going to put a great product out on the field," Kiffin told AStateNation.com. "Our starting four are going to be phenomenal, it's my goal and my task to find eight to 10 guys that can rotate in and out of a game so we don't miss a beat when those other guys take a break. Offensive lines are going to fear us."

Kiffin has been impressed with two of his seniors, and admits after going through a spring football season, Brandon Joiner and Dorvus Woods were as good as advertised.

"I came into spring ball telling the guys that every position was up for grabs," Kiffin admitted. "Everyone told me that two of my best were going to be Joiner and Woods, and they definitely didn't disappoint me. They both performed at a high level of play and both are great players that have great pass rush skills and I'm excited about those two."

Another senior that Kiffin is expecting to excel this fall camp is defensive end Jeremy Gibson.

"Gibson is going to be a swing guy for us," Kiffin said. "He can play both positions, the outside and the inside. I'm very excited about him, he is working hard and has gotten a lot stronger."

A younger guy that Coach Kiffin has been impressed with is projected starter at Nose Tackle sophomore Ryan Carrethers.

"Ryan is a young pup that hasn't played much but that's going to change," Kiffin said. "He has been the most consistent guy this summer, he is a warrior in the weight room and is doing everything right. He is our strongest guy and the possibilities of him being a great player for us is good."

Another senior that is expected to see action is Greg McCall, a 5-foot-11, 315-pound guy that is nicknamed "Sweat" by the players.

"Greg is always sweating a lot," Kiffin said. "He has worked hard this summer, he has lost 15 pounds and is in great shape. He has shown a great attitude and should help us out this fall."

According to Kiffin, there is one guy that has a lot of potential but the first year coach is going to have to work hard to find a way to light a fire under defensive tackle sophomore Amos Draper.

"When Amos realizes how good he can be, we will be in great shape," Kiffin said. "I have to find a way to light a fire underneath him to get his full potential to the surface. He has all the talent in the world."

It will be Kiffin's goal to play eight to 10 guys on a regular basis on the defensive front this fall.

"It's my goal to have eight to 10 guys play in a game and rotate in and out and for us not to miss a beat," Kiffin said. "Our starting four is going to be great, but for us to be great as a group will even be better for our team."

Two guys that Kiffin expects to battle for playing time is Ronnell Wright a junior and senior Alphonso Simmons.

Justin Robertson missed spring practice with some medical issues but according to Kiffin is expected to be full strength this fall.

"Robertson has been working everyday this summer," Kiffin said. "He looks in great shape and may be a wild card for us, he is a 4.5 speed guy and could become a big time player for us."

Another guy that Kiffin expects to battle for playing time is junior defensive end Timothy Starson.

"Tim is a MMA fighter with an undefeated record," Kiffin said. "He is a tall, bigger kid that may help us a lot."