There are big shoes to fill at the quarterback position for Bryan Harsin and his coaching staff.
The two previous new head coaches the last two years had the luxury of having an experienced and proven Ryan Aplin to run their offense, Harsin won't be that lucky.
As soon as Harsin was hired one of his first priorities was to go out and find a junior college signal caller that would fit his offense.
Harsin signed mid term Junior College quarterback Chandler Rogers out of Copiah Lincoln CC to compete for the starting role this spring.
AStateNation recently caught up with Rogers to find out how the Brookhaven Mississippi native is adjusting to Jonesboro.
"It's been great," Rogers said. "Working hard in the off season, getting in great shape. We are throwing some, I'm working on getting to know a lot of the guys."
According to Rogers, the biggest difference so far between junior college football and Division 1 is definitely the workouts.
"The workouts are intense," Rogers said. "In junior college we played on Thursday's so getting use to this schedule will be different also."
Rogers threw for over 3,000 yards last year and was pleased that he appeared on Harsin's radar after the new coach was hired.
"My coach got the call from them and it was a relief," Rogers remembers. "I came up on an official visit and realized that this was the place for me."
Rogers realizes that he has his work cut out for him over the next few months.
"Coach Harsin told me that the quarterback position was going to be wide open," Rogers said. "That I would have the opportunity to win the position, I know that nothing will be given to me."
Rogers is excited about Harsin's new offensive system and feels it's very familiar with what he operated within at Colin.
"The offenses are very similar to what I'm use to," Rogers said. "I'm very excited about getting out there and playing ball this spring."
Rogers is the first to admit that he has big shoes to fill, replacing the two time Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year Ryan Aplin.
"There is no replacing him," Rogers said. "He is one of the best to ever play here, I just want to go out and play the best I can and help this team continue what he started and thats to keep winning conference championships. I'm very excited about the opportunity."
Rogers also realizes that he will have his hands full with the current quarterbacks on the roster.
"They are all great guys," Rogers said. "We are getting to know each other. There is a big family feel to this football team, I'm excited to be a part of it."