Secondary: Postion Breakdown

No doubt the back seven, and mainly the secondary, has been blessed with lots of praise this off-season. And there are experienced players, who have made lots of big plays over the past three-year run of conference championships.


The candidates: Nickel Charleston Girley (6-0, 196), RSJr; Frankie Jackson (5-10, 198) RSr.; Cornerbacks Artez Brown (6-0, 180) Sr.; Blaise Taylor (5-9, 170) Fr.; Jamaris Hart (5-9, 163) RSFr.; Andrew Tryon (5-10, 180) RsSr.; Rocky Hayes (5-11, 177) Jr.; Nehemiah Wagner (6-0, 170) Fr.; Charles Gaskin (5-11, 175) Fr.; Strong Safety, Chris Humes (6-0, 207) Jr.; Money Hunter (6-1, 193) Soph.; Free Safety, Sterling Young (6-2, 193) RSr.; Sterling Wright (6-2, 215) Soph.

The Analysis: You have to feel good about what the Red Wolves have on the back side of the defense. From the linebackers to secondary this team is strong. What happens up front, where some young guys will be playing, determines how this season goes.

The secondary is good and experienced – three seniors and two juniors on the two-deep. Safety Sterling Young has been a part of so many game-changing big plays over the past three seasons. Corners Artez Brown and Andrew Tryon have logged a lot of playing time for A-State and are expected to be part of another big season.

This unit, deep and talented, just might be the best in the Sun Belt, and many consider it to be.

Coach speak from Blake Anderson: “Like I have said before, probably one of our strongest areas in terms of experience. I think Chris Humes and Sterling Young are doing a great job at safety. With Money Hunter having had snaps and progressing and we picked up Sterling Wright, who is a bounce back from Kentucky that is going to help create some depth.

You have got three, four or five guys at corner -- Andrew Tryon, Rocky Hayes, Blaise Taylor, Jamaris Hart and Artez Brown. We have been really pleased. And Nehemiah Wagner and Charles Gaskins are both ready at any point could step in and help us.”