While the Arkansas State Red Wolves are as healthy as they have been since early season there is one offensive lineman missing.
Kyle Harris, who played four of the five positions on the line this season, had shoulder surgery and is out for the contest.
“It poped out on him four or five this this season,’’ said Coach Blake Anderson. “We need to get him well so he can compete for a job next season.”
Harris (6-foot-4, 280 pounds) was mainly the backup at both tackle spots and at center. He got his only start at tackle against Idaho.
Arkansas State assistant coach Dan Dodd was asked if he needed a player to show him around the USS Alabama but he declined.
“I’ve been here before,’’ he said. “I coached in the first bowl game in Mobile.”
Dodd was an assistant at TCU when the Frogs played in the Mobile Alabama Bowl in 1999. TCU defeated East Carolina 28-14.
Dodd said he was a roommate of TCU coach Gary Patterson for four years.
With Arkansas State making another appearance there have been jokes at press conferences.
A-State athletic director Terry Mohajir is usually involved. The mayor of Mobile presented him with a key to the city and made the comment he had so many keys “it looks like a jailer’s key ring.”
There were also comments like “Terry has been here so often he is looking for a home in mid-town” and “Terry knows more people in the local hotels than I do.”
Toledo has been here before too. The Rockets played here in 2005, when it was the GMAC Bowl. The Rockets defeated UTEP 45-13. Toledo is 9-4 in bowl games.
Arkansas State’s four appearances doubles any other team’s appearances. The Red Wolves’ two victories are tied with four other teams as most in GoDaddy bowl history. Arkansas State is 4-6-1 in bowl contests.
With Tennessee defeating Iowa 45-28 today, the five teams on the Red Wolves’ schedule finished with a 3-2 record. UL-Lafayette defeated Nevada 16-3 and Utah State topped UTEP 21-6. South Alabama fell to Bowling Green 33-28 and Miami lost to South Carolina 24-21.
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