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Previewing Arkansas State Red Wolves defensive ends.

Previewing AState's defensive ends

Defensive Ends

 

THE PLAYERS

11?Ja’Von Rolland-Jones??6’2/244?RJr

31?Jarrod Chandler???6’2/225 RSo

33?Griffin Riggs???6’4/253 So

39?Dajon Emory???6’3/253?Jr

48?TJ Harris???6’2/235 RFr

50 ?William Bradley-King??6’4/235 Fr.

54?Caleb Caston???6’2/240 Jr

85?Chase Robison???6’4/244 RSr

93?Chris Odom???6’3/256?Sr

 

While the loss of Chris Stone, with his 31 tackles, including 7.5 for loss, and his 14 quarterback hurries is a blow, the Red Wolves return one of the leading sack artist in the country in talented junior Ja’Von Rolland-Jones to a group that brought down the quarterback 31 times in 2015.

Rolland-Jones led the way with nine sacks in this 13 tackles for loss.

But just because he has the production doesn’t mean he is a shoe-in for the starting nod at the rush end spot. Caleb Castonhas pushed his way to the front as well, as the Pascagoula, Mississippi pass rusher has had a good Spring and offseason.

Also in the hunt for playing time at the rush end position is redshirt freshman TJ Harris, from Tulsa. Harris has put on good mass over the offseason and looks to have a good first step off the ball. 

Chase Robison saw plenty of time last year, rotating with Rolland-Jones, and often starting in place of him. Robison is stronger against the run, and had 15 tackles with almost half of those being for a loss (seven). 

Also at the Rush position, Jarrod Chandler made a mark last season on Special Teams and saw himself in the game during pass rush situations. His quickness and strength make him an ideal stand up rusher.

At the Bandit position, Chris Odom seems to have the upper hand in replacing Stone. Odom, who was forced into work as a true freshman, then moved inside as a sophomore due to lack of tackle depth, has finally had time to work at end exclusively. He’s changed his body and seems quicker and stronger than before. 

Fighting him for time is Griffin Riggs. Riggs showed a violent brand of football as a freshman in camp, earning the time to not redshirt. Riggs has also shown physical changes from the offseason and looks ready to go as well to build off a 2015 that saw him register six tackles.

Junior college transfer Dajon Emory, from Delaware, fits the mold of the Bandit position. A big, physical presence on the edge, he will figure into the rotation.

Freshman William Bradley-King will figure in at some point in his career. The All-State discus thrower from Kansas City physically looks the part, but it will take some seasoning to get him ready. 

Expect this group to make quarterbacks and running backs’ lives miserable. With the depth and talent of these ends, AState fans will be very happy watching them work in 2016.

 

Possible Depth Chart

 

Bandit?????Rush

 

Chris Odom????Caleb Caston OR

Griffin Riggs????Ja’Von Rolland-Jones

Dajon Emory????TJ Harris OR

William Bradley-King???