Kennedy Gets the Nod

And the QB is Adam Kennedy. Arkansas State coach Bryan Harsin announced Tuesday that Kennedy, the senior transfer from Utah State, will be the starter for the Red Wolves' season-opener Aug. 31 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

"It was time to do it," Harsin said of the announcement. We talk to our players about being decisive in their choices and as coaches we need to do that too.

"Everyone needs to know their role to get ready to play. Everyone knows this is what we are going to do and this is the direction or our football team."

Kennedy, 6-foot-5, 219 pounds, transferred to ASU over the summer after graduating from Utah State, where he started five games as as sophomore and posted a 4-1 record. That season he passed for 972 yards and 11 touchdowns, hitting on 72 of 105 passes.

As a freshman, he earned All-Conference honors at San Joaquin Delta College.

"This is why I came here," said Kennedy. "It was a battle all through camp. I am excited to be the quarterback and I look forward to have a great season"

Kennedy was listed at first time ahead of senior Phillip Butterfield and sophomore Fredi Knigthen, who were both listed at second team.

"Phillip has been great," Harsin said. "And Fredi is in there too. Steven Hogan will be our holder. He has had a good camp but he still has a way to go after making the move from receiver."

In his career, Butterfield is 13 of 27 for 114 yards and one touchdown. He has also rushed for 152 yards. Most of his game action came in 2010. As a true freshman last season, Knighten ran for 96 yards on 16 carries and completed 3 of 5 passes for 44 yards and a touchdown.

Harsin said freshman Cameron Birse from Danville, Calif., will run the scout team and redshirt this season.

"I a perfect world that is the way you want it," said Harsin.