Final Scrimmage Wrap-up

It is a lot easier for newcomers to make an impression and earn playing time on defense because the Red Wolves have so much talent returning on offense.

“All of those young guys we have … they are all going to play in time we are just kinda old right now,’’ said A-State co-offensive coordinator Walt Bell.

Still some of the Red Wolves made a big step forward, including the one with the shortest legs, 5-foot-5 Warren Wand.

“The one that a second grader could tell you who can play is Warren Wand,’’ said Bell. “We have kinda been telling your guys from the start he is pretty special. He has got a really neat skill set. He is a tiny guy but he is 185, 190 pounds. For a guy to be that small in stature they fall off him like he is a big guy. He has a low center of gravity and that great core strength.

“He is a kid who someday may have ever record at the school. He may be one of those guys someday. Jamal Jones is right there too Warren has picked it up quicker than he has. Both of those young backs are going to be great players for us.”

Head coach Blake Anderson said Wand, from Edmond (Okla.) Memorial, clicked from Day one.

“He has been doing that every day,’’ he said. “Really pleased that he looked as good as he did with the veteran group. He is going to be in the mix. Mike (Gordon) is our starter but Wand is a great change of pace and along with Silky (Johnston White) I feel better and better running back situation every day.”

“Young guys like Wand, (Griffin) Riggs and Justin Clifton have all had very productive camps. Chris Murray has shown up real well. We didn’t get him the ball much tonight but over the course of fall camp he has definitely been a bright spot. I think there are going to be other guys as well but I think those guys are ones we really didn’t expected a great deal out of going into camp. They had better camps and really rounded out some two deeps. They have put themselves on the field in some sub-personal packages to help us win games.”

Bell said he is still high on the other rookies. “All of those young guys we have Jaylon Marshall, Omar Bayless, Darveon Brown,” he said,” they are all going to play in time we are just kinda old right now. And we love Cameron Davis and Dalton Ford too.”

Defensive coordinator Joe Cauthen liked what he saw too.

Tajhea Chambers was a quy who was a quarterback and we recruited him as an athlete,’’ said Cauthen. “We moved him late over the summer to linebacker and he has done really well. He has moved up the depth chart. I’m anxious to see the film and see how he did.”

Anderson saw other bright spots.

Chase Robison is one,” he said. “He had a sack today. He has been a real bright spot off the edge. I think we thought he would be a role player but he has had a really good camp. Q Heath has really emerged as a stabilizing force in the middle in terms of leadership and just day-to-day accountability he has been a real pleasant surprise. Just not a role he has been put in in the past.”

The Red Wolves return to practice Tuesday after having Monday off for the first day of class.