Position Analysis: A Back

2015 Arkansas State Red Wolves position analysis. First up, the A back position

The candidates: 23 J.D. McKissic (5-11, 191, RSr.); 16 Tyler Trosin (5-11, 207 Sr); 5 Daryl Rollins-Davis (5-9, 165 Soph); 14 Chris Murray (5-9, 178 Soph); 81 Sterling Stowers (5-10, 186 RSoph.)

The Breakdown: 1. JD McKissic 2. Tyler Trosin 3. Chris Murray.

The Numbers: After a couple of seasons where he had more than 100 touches, McKissic had his year stunted by injuries that knocked him out of almost four games and cut the number of touches on offense back to 61. He still finished second on the team in catches with 52, and his yards per catch was the highest of his career at 12.1. He had one touchdown but that came on the ground against Utah State. Trosin spent most of the 2014 campaign on the outside, but moved in after injuries thinned the position. He scored a touchdown on the ground, a 32-yard jaunt against New Mexico State on a reverse, and had one touchdown in his 13 catches that totaled 135 yards. Rollins-Davis showed some development in the Idaho game, catching four balls, but ended the season with a torn ACL. Murray played last year at Hutchinson CC in Kansas but has been impressive in camp.

The Analysis: McKissic is a playmaker for Arkansas State, but injuries last year robbed him of some of his wiggle and some of his burst. If he's 100 percent, and it seems like he could be, he is a huge asset for Fredi Knighten and the offense. McKissic also will resume duties as a kickoff returner where he was a strong in 2013.



Trosin is a solid and steady receiver who has good hands and is a demon in the downfield blocking game. He may not wow you getting off the bus, but he is going to do the little things that help teams win games in both the offense and in special teams.

Chris Murray, while a relative newcomer after joining the team when fall camp started, showed a bit of what he can do in the first scrimmage of camp, catching three balls for 100-plus yards, then showed his newcomer status in the second scrimmage having no receptions. Murray also may see time in the return game as he is penciled in as the second punt returner. He is more of a true slot receiver and has been praised by the coaching staff that once he learns the offense, he'll be more than a minor piece to the puzzle.

Rollins-Davis is a burner, and still can show flashes of the speed he has, however, it may be too early from the ACL injury to see the real player. He is still in the rotation at kickoff returner and is still getting reps with the A-Backs but he could be a redshirt candidate.

Stowers is a walk-on from Highland who may end up being a special teamer this season. This is a varied group with many different skills. Look for them to be used in many different ways throughout the season.