Knighten turns in good performance

The number one question on every Arkansas State football fan is who is going to be the starting quarterback. AStateNation got one answer here Friday night during an open scrimmage, it's almost certain that Bryan Harsin will run a two quarterback system. Go "Inside" to see how one true sophomore Fredi Knighten performed.

One ASU quarterback finds himself in a pretty good position, especially after a solid performance during Bryan Harsin's version of Friday Night Lights, the Red Wolves second scrimmage of spring ball and the first one open to the media and public.

True sophomore Fredi Knighten, was the No. 2 quarterback last fall behind the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year Ryan Aplin. Knighten, who was recruited by Gus Malzahn to run his spread type offense, appears to be adapting well under Harsin's new offensive system.

Harsin is known for running a two quarterback system everywhere he has been, with one being the better passer and the other being a dual threat guy that can run and throw.

Knighten proved he can do just that here Friday night.

He ran well on designed quarterback runs, he also hooked up in the end zone on a great catch by Tres Houston. Knighten led his team in rushing with 79 yards, that included a 53 yard touchdown scramble.

Harsin noted this past Monday that senior Phillip Butterfield was leading the pack in the quarterback race, but noted that Knighten would definitely have a package offensively for the Red Wolves to run.

While Knighten's accuracy might be a major question, it appears that the athletic sophomore has been working hard in that area.

"Fredi brings something different to the table," Harsin said earlier. "He is a competitor, he is a great athlete and will figure out ways to get the ball in his hands during a ballgame."

During Knighten's freshmen season, he came in during mop up duty for Aplin on a few occasions, the one thing that Harsin will need to develop with Knighten is the threat of him throwing the football.

Under Malzahn, Knighten mainly ran the ball, giving defensive coordinators a lot of running attack plans.

Look for Knighten to split time with the quarterback that wins the starting nod as the best passer on the team.