Grimes pleased with offensive line progress

One offensive coach seemed pleased overall with the progress made so far this spring at the position he coaches. AStateNation.com learned Wednesday that the offensive line may be getting some help sooner than expected from a current transfer on the team. Go "Inside" for the latest on the position and who may be eligible for the fall.

One offensive coach seemed pleased overall with the progress made so far this spring at the position he coaches.

Veteran offensive line coach J.B. Grimes admitted Wednesday that he is pleased with the overall progress his offensive linemen have made so far after their 10th practice on Wednesday.

"They are coming on," Grimes told AStateNation.com. "We didn't have a great day today. I thought we lost our focus today a little bit. We went out there and had our minds on something else today besides playing football. Our focus wasn't great and our defense came to play. It will give us some things to work on and that we can coach off of. "

Grimes spoke today about who his starters would be if they were to play a game today.

"Eric Allen would start at center, Cliff Mitchell at right guard, Steve Hunga at left guard, Aaron Williams at left tackle and Zach McKnight at right tackle." Grimes said. "These guys have been working hard this spring."

Grimes also feels that the depth issue is improving for his group.

"We are getting better from a depth standpoint," Grimes said. "One guy that is seeing a lot of playing time is transfer Travis Bodenstein. We will have wait and see what happens with Travis. He could possibly play this fall for us."

According to Grimes, Arkansas State has filed for a waiver for the former Arkansas native and Kansas offensive lineman. Grimes didn't offer any other detail about the waiver but did admit there was a chance he could play this fall.

Another guy that has impressed Grimes is a guy that hasn't been able to practice this spring due to an injury.

"I'm looking forward to this fall to get Jake Campbell back out there," Grimes said. "He is a big body guy, that I think will really help us this season."

Arkansas State signed several incoming freshmen that have the new coaching staff excited, including several offensive linemen.

"It's important for them to arrive in shape and ready to compete," Grimes said. "It will help us on a depth issue, but it's really hard for a true freshman to come in and start right away, but everyone will get an opportunity to earn a starting role."

Due to some cancelled practices due to weather, today's practice was No. 10 out of 15 for the Red Wolves. ASU will practice Friday and Saturday's Spring Game and will have three more practices next week before concluding their 15 allowable spring practices.