Weekly Press Conference Notes

Notes from Blake Anderson's Monday press conference, recapping the Red Wolves win over Georgia State and next week's game at Louisiana. Also video of Walt Bell and Joe Cauthen.


Thoughts on Arkansas State’s 52-10 victory over Georgia State on Saturday from Blake Anderson’s weekly press conference: “Big win for us. Always nervous when playing on the road, trying to get that first road win. Environment we knew would be different and didn’t know how guys would respond. Guys did a good job with that. We probably played our most complete game. Still have things to correct. I thought our guys played the way we needed too and put the game away early and allowed us to play some younger guys. They showed some maturity and took a step forward. We grew up a little bit.”

Halftime conversation

“We challenged the veterans and the starters that we were going to go right back to work and we need to do our job in the third quarter so we can get some young guys on the field and gain some experience and really reward them for the hard work they do. And they did exactly that. They responded the right way.

We had a really good third quarter and it allowed us to get a lot of guys on the field who don’t normally get to play that could very easily have to play in the next six week. To me those are reps that are valuable.

Q Heath out

Reserve redshirt sophomore linebacker Quanterio Heath is out for the season after suffering a wrist injury.

“I think it was his left,’’ said Anderson. “It was really sever. We really don’t expect him back. We think he is going to have to have surgery on it unless something miraculous changes today. He will likely have to have surgery and is done for the season. It is a really big loss. He was playing some on defense but a lot on special teams,

“There is no such thing as minimal loss. He was involved in almost all of the special teams. I know he was on kickoff coverage and he has been a factor running down and disrupting people’s kickoff return team. He was starting for me on kickoff return and has started on both punt and punt return teams at times and he has played defensive snaps in every game behind Xavier (Woodson). There are a lot of snaps that are going to be taken away by losing him. We are going to have to move some people around. We are going to have to figure out the best way to cover up those snaps. No one is going to have the experience that he has. It is a big loss for us. He is not a starter but because of all he did it is going to take a couple of guys to fill all those snaps.

Copeland can play both he is probably in every game when Que Lee come off field because he is all beat up on his body. It is going to take someone else. We don’t have an answer yet. We could play with an additional defensive back, slide a guy in, and we have talked about move DeKeathan Williams back from offense to defense.

This week’s schedule

We will not practice all the way through. Monday is day off as usual. We will practice about an hour on Tuesday; just start introducing some Lafayette, just a small amount. We will get a good solid day in on Wednesday then we will turn around and give them Thursday off to try and get some bodies healthy and feeling better. Then we will start what is basically game week from Friday through the Tuesday game in terms of our normal kind of process.

It works in our favor we get an extra day and a half to look at Lafayette. We get to watch them play tomorrow night against Texas State, both of those teams we still have on the schedule.

Maybe this gives us a chance to get a couple of guys healthy.”

On UL-Lafayette: “They are big and athletic and they were picked to win the conference for a reason. It is the next of one of the 12 and a team that handed us our tails last year. They are picked to win conference. It is just one of the 12. Got to do our job one game at a time and Lafayette is the next one up. They definitely have the ability to win them all. It will be all we can handle going down there.”

Award for Knighten: Quarterback Fredi Knighten recorded 308 yards offense and was responsible for four touchdowns in Arkansas State’s 52-10 victory at Georgia State to earn Sun Belt Conference player of the week honors. The junior from Little Rock led the Red Wolves to a season-high 618 yards, the 11th most in school history. He completed 20-of-26 pass attempts, without an interception, for 215 yards and a career-high three touchdowns as he matched his season-high rushing total with 93 yards on 12 carries.