Quarterbacks begin to emerge

One of the main questions surrounding Bryan Harsin's first season as the head football coach at Arkansas State is who will be the signal caller for the Red Wolves this fall. Go "Inside" to learn who may be currently leading the pack at quarterback.

One of the main questions surrounding Bryan Harsin's first season as the head football coach at Arkansas State is who will be the signal caller for the Red Wolves this fall.

After eight spring practices, Harsin addressed the situation with local media.

"Right now we still have a lot of work to do at the position," Harsin said. "We are starting to narrow the group down, letting guys get more work with the ones."

According to Harsin there appears to be one guy that may be gaining the edge at quarterback.

Red-shirt senior Phillip Butterfield, was the No. 2 signal caller two years ago under Hugh Freeze before a season ending knee injury and the No. 3 quarterback under Gus Malzahn.

"Right now Phillip is starting to get more of the reps with the first team," Harsin said. "He and Stephen Hogan are showing up a lot, Chandler is doing ok and we will have a package for Freddie as well."

Harsin is known in his past history as an offensive coordinator to run a two quarterback system, with one being the better passer and the other being a dual threat running attack style signal caller.

"One day Phillip is getting most of the one snaps with Stephen and the next time we switch it up and go with Chandler and Freddie," Harsin said. "Those four are the main ones showing up right now."

According to Harsin he hopes that a quarterback will show up in game type atmosphere in Friday night's scrimmage and April 13th's spring game.

"I'm hoping when the lights come on we will see how they react in game type situations," Harsin said. "We still have a lot of work to do."

According to Harsin, he is looking for a signal caller that can be a good manager of the game for his squad.

Arkansas State will hold it's first open scrimmage to the fan base this Friday night at 7 p.m.

"We are encouraging all high school football players, coaches and fans to come out for our scrimmage and represent their schools," Harsin said. "We are hoping for a huge crowd."