Media Day Notes

Arkansas State Blake Anderson announced the addition of one player, a center, John Hamilton of Riverside (Calif.) Community College has joined the program.

Hamilton could help ease the loss of Bryce Giddens, the Red Wolves’ all-conference center who gave up football because of concussion issues.

“He could possibly come in and start or he could be the backup,’’ said Anderson.

The coach said Hamilton (6-foot, 290 pounds) was headed for a “I-AA” or FCS school but had not signed a letter of intent.

There are two other players who have reported to camp, A-Statenation has learned. Safety Sterling Wright, who was originally a Kentucky signee, from Riverside CC and linebacker Austin Copeland from Lackawanna (Pa.) College in

Wright is 6-2, 205 pounds while Copeland is 6-3, 230.

New kicker

As reported last night, freshman Austin McGehee from Pine Bluff, is joined the football team but his eligibility for this season is not cleared yet.

McGehee, who played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Star City, was a Purdue signee and was in West Lafayette, Ind., attending school but decided he wanted to return closer to home.

“When I committed I did not look at the negative and only the positive,’’ he said. “I was miserable there.”

McGehee, one of the top punters in the nation, will ask for an eligibility waiver because he has attended a session of summer school.

“The coaches told me they think I will be Ok and be eligible,’’ he said.

Practice schedule

All practices will begin at 8:35 a.m. until fan appreciation day on Aug. 16. That one begins at 10 a.m.

Best line of the day

Xavier Woodson when asked how he let Rocky Hayes beat him to the Ball State quarterback for the first-quarter sack in the GoDaddy Bowl.

“He cheated,’’ he laughed. “No Rocky is a great player. He beat me there and I just piled on.”


Defensive tackle Dexter Blackmon, who had offseason back surgery, is back and looks good, according to Anderson and the senior defensive tackle.

“I feel good,’’ said Blackmon, who is expected to be the leader of a young pack of interior defensive linemen.

“He has not been limited at all in this workouts,’’ said Anderson. “Everything looks good there.”

Watch lists

Several Red Wolves have been named to national award watch lists:

- Running back Michael Gordon, Dock Walker; J.D. McKissic, Paul Hornung and CFPA Kick Returner; Rocky Hayes, Jim Thorpe; Q Lee, Lombardi Award and Walter Camp; Sterling Young, Jim Thorpe.

I know that name

The Red Wolves have a freshman walk-on linebacker from Ozark, Mo., named Riley Herrold. He is the younger brother of Red Wolves great Nate Herrold.

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