Arkansas State has completed it's first six weeks of the season, it's time for their report card, grading each position.
The Red Wolves have done better than a lot of people thought they would, Arkansas State is currently 4-2 overall and undefeated in conference play with a 2-0 mark.
Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze has said on several occasions that he expects a lot of his players and always pushes to get the very best out of each player.
AStateNation will give you our thoughts on the grades so far this season.
Quarterbacks: Everyone has really high expectations for junior quarterback Ryan Aplin. He has lived up to some of those expectations, but believe it or not probably not having his best season or at least not his best first six weeks.
Freeze and his coaching staff hopes that Aplin will continue to protect the football, make great decisions, especially when the Red Wolves are in the end zone. Don't get us wrong, we realize Aplin is a very big talent, like Coach Freeze, we are just hoping he will give the Red Wolves his best performance in the next six weeks.
Andre Smith has provided adequate support from his back-up role, he adds a different dimension to the running game from his signal caller position.
Running backs: This group has remained injured a lot this season. When healthy, they could be very good. Seniors Jermaine Robertson and Derek Lawson has had their share of carries so far this season. Both are dependable and consistent, but aren't home run hitters in the speed department. Frankie Jackson is that home run speed threat, he has been slowed with an ankle sprain. Sirgregory Thornton is also dealing with nagging bumps and bruises.
Offensive Line: This is definitely a work in progress. Freeze has said from Day 1 of Fall camp that this position would definitely be the biggest question mark in regards to the success of the Red Wolves.
With only one returning starter in Tom Castilaw, one of the main reasons that the running game hasn't been more successful has to be accredited to the inexperienced offensive line. Darren Hiller, veteran o-line coach, is trying to work his magic at the position, there is definitely hope they will be more consistent in the second half of the season.
Wide Receivers: This is definitely the strength of the Red Wolves offense this fall. With the likes of Dwayne Frampton, Taylor Stockemer, Josh Jarboe, and Allen Muse this is a group that can make special things happen.
Muse has been injured the last three weeks, Jarboe has struggled with a stone bruise on the bottom of one of his jets.
If this group can stay healthy and Aplin can have time to throw, look for this position to take their team to a bowl this season.
Tight Ends: This group plays with a lot of heart and a lot of energy. You will see this group sprint off the practice field as each day's session ends. Their position coach Maurice Harris leading the ways. If it wasn't for a few major drops in the end zone this group's grade would be higher.
Offensive Coaching Staff: Coach Freeze would be the first to tell you that this year's offense isn't up to par as the group was last year. A big difference is the offensive line, Freeze witnessed eight O-linemen graduate. After a record setting fall last year he came back in the fall stating that they left a lot of points out on the field and he was going to push for better offensive play this fall.
This coaching staff makes great adjustments at half time, with Freeze calling the plays they do a pretty good job especially when they are clicking. One weakness is the Red Wolves production in the Red Zone.