1 DJ Pearson (6’2/195 RFr.)
9 Chad Voytik (6’1/215 RSr.)
10 Carson Coats (6’1/205 RFr.)
12 Logan Bonner (6’1/220 Fr.)
15 Justice Hansen (6’4/208 RSo.)
This might not be the biggest issue for the offense, but with All-Sun Belt performer Fredi Knighten (60% completions, 7000 plus total offense, and 68 total touchdowns) gone, it definitely has been the most asked about. Especially with the transfers of the number two and three options of the last two years to FCS programs.
With that being said, the replacements are guys who come with the titles and accolades to assuredly raise the confidence level of even the most negative Red Wolf fan.
First, Justice Hansen was brought in from Butler Community College in January. The former Oklahoma Sooner complete 56% of his passes in his one year at Butler, passing for 1694 yards and 12 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Hansen was a four-star recruit coming out of Edison, Oklahoma.
Then, in June, the Red Wolves added former Pitt signal-caller Chad Voytik. The Tennessean was originally recruited out of high school not only by present AState coach Blake Anderson, but also by then coach Hugh Freeze. Voytik chose to go to Pittsburgh, where after playing sparingly as a true freshman, took over as a starter in his sophomore season and had a great year, throwing for over 2200 yards and 16 touchdowns while running for 400 plus yards and three more scores. Coaching changes and offensive philosophy changes, plus a transfer that had worked with the new Offensive Coordinator, put Voytik on the outside looking in at Pittsburgh and looking for a place to have a big senior year. He joined the Red Wolves during the summer.
Behind those two is returner DJ Pearson. The lefty redshirted last year after coming in as a three-star recruit from the Atlanta area. Coaches have praised his improvement through the spring and into the summer.
The Red Wolves also welcomed in Logan Bonner, a prolific high school quarterback from Rowlett, Texas. The freshman has a quick release and a strong arm and while he looks to be a redshirt candidate this fall, has the feel of a player who will contend for a position early in his Arkansas State career.
Rounding out the group is walk-on Carson Coats of Jonesboro, who the coaches praise for his work ethic.
The quarterback position is always one of great debate in a fanbase and this one is no different. However, the coaches have talked of possibly using both Voytik and Hansen in tandem. While most coaches prefer to have one starting quarterback, the talent level that both Voytik and Hansen bring to the table is such that either of them could be the right answer.
All of that is to say that no matter who starts, our quarterback depth situation is much better than it has been in the past. Pearson will be the third quarterback.
Possible Depth Chart