Knighten Looking For Consistency

One thing we learned Saturday night is that Fredi Knighten is on a leash as Arkansas State’s quarterback.

Now it might be a pretty long leash, but according to coach Blake Anderson he is on one.

I considering pulling him every time he did something wrong,” said Anderson. “I’m never quick to pull a quarterback. I just think that it is a different position than any other. You have got to let those guys learn, they have got to battle through mistakes.

“He definitely turned the ball over too much but you could see there at the end he gives us a pretty good chance to win football games too. He has not played very much. I know he has been around here for a while but he has been a backup and he is still learning. And he is not only learning how to be a starting quarterback he is learning a new system that it is pretty difficult for a quarterback to play.

“There is a lot for him to think about. We have got to be patient. I did grab him and tell him you can’t continue to turn the ball over and continue to be quarterback you understand that? And he responded the right way. He is our best chance to win football games.”

And from what we saw in the 28-14 victory over Louisiana-Monroe, the fifth straight over the Warhawks, there are two sides of Knighten, who said in the postgame presser that he would probable grade himself a C minus.

“You can’t make stupid plays like that and win a championship,’’ said Knighten. “I have to know when to get down and not try for the home run every play.

“I have to buckle down and play my game. I don’t really see myself falling into a hole. I just have to keep moving.”

Knighten’s first half numbers: 12 of 23 passing for 175 yards and one interception. He also lost a fumble and had Michael Gordon save him with a recovery of a second fumble. He rushed for 23 yards on 11 carries.

In a bad first half, the junior from Little Rock showed us why that leash is short.

Knighten’s second half numbers: 9 of 13 passing for 109 yards, a touchdown and an interception. His numbers on the ground, 9 carries for 48 yards and three touchdowns.

“I said a lot to him over the course of the game and to be honest with you he is harder on himself,’’ said Anderson. “He is one of those guys who probably harder on himself than I am.”

For the season, Knigthen has hit 60 percent of his passes for 1,076 yards and 4 TDs. He has thrown 3 interceptions. He has rushed for 240 yards with 5 touchdowns.