Miami Wary of AState Offense

There is no doubt the Arkansas State Red Wolves have the attention of Miami coach Al Golden. And he is ready to expect about anything from the Red Wolves in their game Saturday afternoon in Miami.

"This is a three-time conference champion,’’ he said. “A really good, very active team, very aggressive team. Special teams are excellent right now; they got a couple of blocks, their net punting has been excellent, field goal kicker [Luke] Ferguson does a great job. They’ll throw some exotics in there, so they’ll make you work on special teams, which are going to be important. We’re working very hard on that.”

It is the second meeting between the schools. Miami won the only meeting 42-10 in 1997.

“On offense, everything starts with [Fredi] Knighten for them. [He is] the best quarterback runner that we’ve faced so far. We’ll have to be disciplined in the pull game and the read-option game. But he can throw it. He does a good job throwing it.

“They’ll get the ball on the perimeter. They’ll move the pocket with him. That’s what makes it difficult with him. They have a good running back in [Michael] Gordon and [J.D.] McKissic is just catching a ton of balls.

“They want to score, they want to go high tempo. They want to makes you cover sideline-to-sideline with the perimeter game and move-the-pocket game and make you run. They’ve been really good when they’re scoring more than 30 points. It’s going to be a great challenge on that side of the ball; we’re going to have to be disciplined both in our ability to tackle the quarterback inside and also set good edges and tackle in space. When they get in space, they’re very difficult.”

Gordon, who has missed part of the first two games, is not expected to play on Saturday. Golden said he expects the Red Wolves to come to South Florida to win.

“They’ve been scoring, they’ve been playing good defense, they’re excellent on special teams,” he said. “It’s a culture. Make no mistake, the coach (Blake Anderson) they have right now is a great coach. I’ve watched him the last couple of years up close at North Carolina, and I think they do a great job between tempo and being disciplined. I think their penalties are down as a team right now. We can’t be sloppy from that standpoint. Going up tempo if not every play, just about. We have to be ready for it.”

The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Kickoff is 2:30 central.