Senior leadership to be strong for ASU

Two Arkansas State seniors are looking forward to the opportunity to their turn to be leaders of the Red Wolves. AStateNation had exclusive interviews with Taylor Stockemer and Nathan Herrold Friday morning on AStateNation Sports Radio show on 103.9 The Game. Go "Inside" to see what the two standout seniors had to say. No one covers Arkansas State athletics like AStateNation.com.

Two Arkansas State seniors are looking forward to the opportunity to their turn to be leaders of the Red Wolves.

AStateNation had exclusive interviews with Taylor Stockemer and Nathan Herrold Friday morning on AStateNation Sports Radio show on 103.9 The Game.

According to the standout wide out and the standout linebacker they are both looking forward to setting the example for younger teammates and lead by example.

"I'm very excited about the senior leadership that will be provided by a strong senior class," Stockemer said. "I look back and think about this class when we first enrolled, honestly it almost seems like yesterday when I enrolled at ASU."

Both Stockemer and Herrold feels that the team now has had a taste of success and that this senior class will rely on that to help motivate and keep this year's team hungry.

"Last spring we had no idea we were going to win 10 ballgames," Stockemer said. "We knew were going to be pretty good, but never imagined how good. It's now up to the seniors to help motivate the entire team to realize what we can accomplish this fall. To be honest with you, we now expect to win 10 games or better, we know what it takes and we feel that we can accomplish that again."

Herrold, a senior linebacker from Missouri agrees with Stockemer about the strong senior leadership that will be provided on this years team.

"We have a great foundation of senior leadership," Herrold said. "I'm very excited about my opportunity to step up and lead."

It was easy to see the excitement in Stockemer's face when talking about all of the offensive weapons returning for new head coach Gus Malzahn and his new coaching staff.

"This group of wide receivers have been together for a while," Stockemer said. "There is a lot of talent there. Frankie and Sir Gregory are going to have great seasons, and add Michael Dyer to the backfield and it's one of the best backfields in the country. Not to mention Ryan Aplin, the entire team responds to his leadership."

Herrold also realizes that the Red Wolves graduated some top performers on his side of the ball from this past season, but is very excited about the young talent that is returning.

"We have a lot of young talent that is going to surprise some people," Herrold said. "Our defense is going to be a lot better than a lot of people are expecting it to be."

The two seniors have both been impressed with Malzahn and the Red Wolves new coaching staff.

"It's a lot faster tempo offensively," Stockemer said smiling. "We are going to have to be in the best shape of our lives. It's really going to be fun to watch once we get the tempo of the game like the coaches want it to be."

Herrold agrees.

"It's much faster," Herrold said. "It will makes all better on this team. There won't be very many teams in better shape than we are."

Both seniors are also impressed with ASU's new strength coach Ryan Russell.

"Our offseason program has definitely taken it to a new level," Stockemer said. "Coach Russell has really done a great job. I would hate to be going through practices now if we hadn't gone through the offseason with him. He has prepared us for the faster pace. He is making a big difference in our program.

One thing for sure about this upcoming Arkansas State Football team.

They have tasted success and are hungry to return to post season action. With the seniors leading this team, look for another return to post-season play.