Hogan threw himself into QB competition

Stephen Hogan woke up early this morning to participate in his team's first two a day practice today at Arkansas State. He had no idea he was going to be thrown into the Quarterback competition, by Coach Hugh Freeze handing him the ball and asking him to throw a few. He did more than throw the ball, he threw himself into a new position. Go "Inside" for all the details of what happened next.

There are usually a surprise or two in every football fall camp.

Someone who has a better camp than expected or a new name emerges at a position.

That was the case here at Arkansas State Tuesday morning for the Red Wolves 7:30 a.m. first two a day practice.

For Greenwood Arkansas athlete Stephen Hogan, this morning was definitely a shocking development for him.

Hogan woke up early this Tuesday morning to prepare for his teams first two day practice. He has had a good camp at the wide receiver position, one reason he is wearing jersey No. 80.

Hogan had no idea what was going to be asked of him this morning, he often plays toss with some of the other wide outs in pre-practice and before the morning gets started, apparently Arkansas State Head Coach Hugh Freeze was paying attention.

During one of the passing periods, Freeze called Hogan over put his arm around the neck of the talented athlete and told him to move to the quarterback position.

"I couldn't believe it," Hogan said. "I definitely didn't expect it this morning."

Hogan did what any talented athlete would do, he did his best to compete, to take advantage of his opportunity, boy did he.

Hogan hooked up with junior wide out Allen Muse on a fifty yard long ball down the right sidelines, everyone took notice then.

Is Hogan now competing for the No. 3 spot?

"After today he definitely is," Freeze said after practice. "I had a suspicion, I have seen him in camp throwing it around. Long term he will probably be a wide out for us, but we want to be sure that we are looking at all possibles and he definitely helped himself out there today. We will get him some more snaps there, we will make a plan for him after this morning."

Hogan is excited about the opportunity.

"Battle it out and compete every practice, you have to earn it here, so I will definitely compete for it," Hogan said. "I was really excited about it, it was a little different being a different level. I had to take the opportunity and do my best with it."

Hogan definitely showed a great arm with great accuracy, not bad for a guy with just 10 snaps under his belt as a quarterback on the college level.

"He will definitely get more reps there now," Freeze said. "It's always great to get a pleasant surprise, this was a good one. He will compete for the No. 3 spot, he has a little moxy about him, he is very smart so it never hurts to have that at the quarterback position."