Media Day Notes With Press Conference Video

The Arkansas State Red Wolves will hit the practice field Thursday morning.

The Red Wolves, picked third in the Sun Belt Conference preseason poll, have all their practices scheduled for 9 a.m. until the Fan Appreciation Day scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 2, which will be held at 6 p.m.

Here is the preseason practice schedule: August 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, and 21. Off days are planned for August 11, 16 and 19.

Classes begin on August 24.

Coach Blake Anderson said the team will likely use the new Student Activity Center Thursday because of the expected rain.

“Last year we probably lost 20 days of work because of the weather,’’ he said. “That will not happen anymore.”

More of Rocky

Senior cornerback Rocky Hayes could have extra duties this year. Assistant coach Trooper Taylor said he expects Hayes to return kicks and “we might get him some snaps on offense too.”

Another cornerback, Blaise Taylor, is expected to return punts, where he earned all-conference status last year.

“He has always played on a lot of special teams but last year he did not play as much on defense,’’ said Anderson. “He might not be able to play as many this year.”

Same terminology

Wide receivers coach Luke Paschall said it has been easy for freshmen receivers Darveon Brown and Jaylon Marshall from Warren to adjust to the Red Wolves’ system because the Lumberjacks started using the same terminology last season.

Texas visitors

All four of the Red Wolves’ defensive coaches were able to visit Texas schools during the off-season. Safeties coach Allen Johnson and line coach Brian Early visited TCU and defensive coordinator Joe Cauthen and Trooper Taylor visited with coaches on the Baylor staff.

“We were fortunate to visit TCU,’’ said Johnson. “Coach Gary Patterson does not let anyone in there unless he knows them or someone on his staff knows who they are.”

Coach Blake Anderson said he did not make any visits but did visit with North Carolina’s Larry Fedora.

New faces and names

The Red Wolves have added offensive lineman Jamal Fontenot and wide receiver Chris Murray, both junior college players, over the summer. Defensive back Jai Knight of Hahnville, La., and receiver Chauncey Mason of Boynton Beach, Fla. Fontenot and Murray attended junior college while Mason and Knight are freshmen.

Another new names is transfer offensive lineman Ben Benton (6-6, 290) from Memphis University School. Benton had attended the University of Arkansas.

O-Line depth

Co-offensive coordinator Glen Elarbee said he hope the Red Wolves have 10 players who can play this season on the offensive front.

Going into practice, Devin Mondie, Jamar Clark and Colton Jackson are first in line for starting spots. Clark is a tackle and Jackson has moved from tackle to guard. Mondie starts at center but could move to guard if Daniel Keith or Brandon Burg grab the center spot. Kyle Harris, who played 3 spots last season, starts at tackle and is battling with juco transfer Joseph Bacchus.

Others in the mix are fifth-year senior Steven Stevens and redshirt junior Austin Moreton. Coming off a knee injury, Moreton has dropped from 316 to 297.