Red Wolves go through first two-a-days

Chances are 80 to 1 that one young man has the upper hand in the battle for the No. 3 quarterback spot for the Arkansas State Red Wolves. Steve Hogan began the morning wearing a white No. 80 jersey, he ended Tuesday second passing session wearing a Green No. 1. Go "Inside" this Free Read to see what type of Practice reports you're missing if your not a premium member of AStateNation.com.

Chances are 80 to 1 that one young man has the upper hand in the battle for the No. 3 quarterback spot for the Arkansas State Red Wolves.

Steve Hogan began the morning wearing a white No. 80 jersey, he ended Tuesday second passing session wearing a Green No. 1.

While he may be No. 1 in some hearts of Red Wolf fans, the first year head coach said he will have to stick with a higher number.

"I will still have to stick with 16," Hugh Freeze laughed after his team completed their second of two practices today. Freeze who threw Hogan into the mix this morning, was pretty accurate and had a good overall performance for his first outing at the position.

While Ryan Aplin No. 16 and Phillip Butterfield No. 11 may not have to worry about their spots just yet, the true freshman definitely earned a lot of attention today.

"During pass skelly with no bullets flying he was pretty good." Freeze said. "He did pretty good for his first full day, he is still having some communication issues but overall we are pretty pleased. A great coaching move."

AStateNation.com spoke with Hogan this morning and the talented athlete had no idea he was going to get a shot at being moved to the signal caller position.

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."

Freeze said that he and his coaching staff will often sign several at one position with the idea of finding the best position on the field for them to play.

"We want to recruit good football player first," Freeze said. "Then it's our job to find the right place for them to play. Several of our athletes we recruited in this last class could play several positions for us."

Freeze likes Defensive Line Play

"Our defensive line is playing with great effort," Freeze said. "Elroy Brown stood out today how he was chasing and pursuing the football."

Injury Update

Justin Robertson made an appearance at practice in street clothes, something that Freeze called an "Answer to Prayers." According to Freeze that Robertson was released from the hospital after giving the coaching staff and team a slight scare. He was taken off the stadium floor in an ambulance Sunday night and remained in the hospital until Tuesday morning. "It had to do with a muscle tear and his condition he has made it a lot worse," Freeze said. "We should get him back in a week or two."

O-Line Improving?

Freeze admitted that he and his coaching staff is throwing a lot at a group made up of a lot of newcomers. "A lot of their heads are swimming out there. Several are showing improvement, but this is a position that they have to perform well as a group."

Saturday Scrimmage

Pre-season game 1 will take place Saturday and it will be open to all of AStateNation. "We will have a full tackling scrimmage," Freeze said. "We have to see if they can tackle and do somethings right fundamentally."

The Red Wolves will return to just one practice on Wednesday, the practice is scheduled for 3:15 p.m.

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