Coach Anderson on the Freshmen: Offense

The Arkansas State Red Wolves have hit the mid-point of the season and most of the freshmen in the 2014 recruiting class have been on the field for A-State, which sits 4-2 at this point and 2-0 in Sun Belt Conference games.

AStateNation sat down with head coach Blake Anderson to review the progress for the rookies who signed with the Red Wolves last February.

“I think we have had 16 or 17 of those dudes on the field,’’ said Anderson. “At one point we had 8 true freshmen on the field on defense (vs. Georgia State), now it was late in the game but still have played lots of them.

“If you consider the fact that Tyler Trosin is new to the team and Austin Copeland is new to the team, Sterling Wright is new to the team, and you throw in all the freshmen, who are truly new freshmen, it is probably 18 or 19 newcomers who are factoring in on a given week and doing a good job with that. We take our lumps at times but we are going a good job.

The offense:

Running back Terrance “Tank” Hollingsworth: "Solid role player; having a solid year.

Back/Receiver Daryl Rollins-Davis: “Getting better every day. His upside is very high. He’s done a good job on the return game and he is factoring in on all the special teams and doing a solid job. I think the thing we forget is he has played most of his life in the backfield and we have moved him out into some space and he is improving daily and is going to be a very good football player.”

Quarterback James Tabary: “He is going to redshirt, but he is going to be a very good football player. He has got a chance to go to bat this spring and really compete for, if not the starting job, honestly, he can solidly compete for the No. 2 spot. (See Brandon Byner)

Kicker Austin McGehee: He will redshirt. That (the transfer appeal) is not happening and if he did it would not be worth it at this point.

Wide receiver Blake Mack: Good, solid role player. He has played on all special teams. He’s caught couple balls; going to be a good player. Becoming a better route runner. He’s physical, big guy. He will help us some down the stretch. He will catch some balls, block on the perimeter.

RB Brandon Byner: “Just still learning. Byner and Tank have been the same. Their roles have not had to be real big. The thing that both have done is play on special teams and I think they are both going to be solid runners. With Mike (Gordon) being back in the mix and Silky (Johnston White) playing as well as he has played their roles have been limited. They are both getting snaps on special teams and I think both are going to be solid players.”

Offensive tackle Jhamahl Bell: “He will redshirt. Will help down the line.”

Offensive tackle Christian Beard: “They are both looking good. Just needs to strength and some weight. They need to gain a little bit and both really need to a great off-season. Both have good feet; seem to know the game pretty quickly. They will have to get back in the fold after looking at scout cards all fall. I think both have a chance to help us down the road; maybe another year or two.

OT Daniel Keith: “Back and feeling good. He is a good solid No. 2. Will probably be a starter for us at some point, I just don’t know when.”