AStateNation will be looking at the top five story lines headed into Spring Football at Arkansas State when camp opens up Monday March 11 to signify the beginning of the Bryan Harsin era coaching the Red Wolves.
Our first question that we will give you our thoughts on is one that many Red Wolf fans are wondering.
WHAT WILL BE THE IDENTITY OF THE BRYAN HARSIN OFFENSE
We have looked into this from a lot of different angles and it appears that Harsin will rely on some of the top things he ran at Boise State and Texas, while adopting a few principles from the Florida Gator offense where ASU current Co-offensive coordinator Bush Hamdan coached recently and will also run some of the offense that ASU used this past season with Co-offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz to win its second back to back conference championship.
Look for the ASU offense to play more from the spread formation than what was first thought, although it's evident that this year's offense will definitely play more under center than they have the last three seasons.
Harsin made it clear when he was hired that his football team will play more power football, especially when the offense enters the red zone.
Expect Harsin to use the tight ends more in his offense and expect Harsin and his coaching staff will start recruiting bigger bodies at the position than Malzahn's hybrid H-Back in last years offense.
No one expected that Harsin's offense will be the high tempo of the last two seasons, but that doesn't appear to be the case. This new offense was recently described by coaches and players that this offense will definitely be an up tempo attack style offense.
One of the biggest questions about Harsin's offense is will this team play in the no huddle offense it did a year ago.
This question will most likely be answered in the next few weeks, I expect some no huddle, but a lot of Harsin's past offenses while high tempo, didn't always go from the no huddle.
With David Oku, a thousand yard rusher returning in the backfield and inexperience at quarterback, you can expect the running attack to be a priority for this coaching staff. Factor in the depth at the running back position, this offense could be as good a rushing attack as Red Wolves fans have seen in a long, long time.
With a solid offensive line returning, with a lot of depth at the position, this offense could definitely be one of the brightest spots for this Arkansas State Football team.
Add some very talented wide outs and you can bet that Harsin and his coaching staff will search high and low for a quarterback who can manage this offense and be accurate with his passing.
Stay tuned to our next story where we will focus on the quarterback position.