Andrew Ferguson - AState Athletics

Getting ready for Arkansas State spring football practice

Your cheat sheet for A-State spring practice

The basics: First practice, Tuesday, 6 p.m.

This week: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (9:30 a.m.).

Other weeks: April 3, April 5, April 7, April 8 (9:30 a.m.), April 12, April 14, April 17, April 19, April 20.

Spring game: April 21, 6 p.m.

Each practice is open to the public.  Week day practice begin at 4 p.m and the Saturday practices (April 1 and April 8) are at 9:30 a.m.  


Who’s missing: Cornerback Jeremy Smith, CB Brandon Byner, Safety BJ Edmonds, linebacker Antwon Turnage, running back Armond Weh Weh. All will be available for non-contact work and should be full speed by preseason camp.


Who’s new: Juco transfers OL Chase Johnson, OL Nour-Eddine Seidnaly, DE Ronheen Bingham, DL Tony Adams.


Redshirts in play: QB Logan Bonner, OL Lannard Bonner, OL Jacob Atnip, DE Dajon Emory, WR Brandon Bowling, DB Ben Sukut, OL Jacob Still, OL Alex Novak, WR Chauncey Mason, TE Javonis Isaac, DE William Bradley-King, WR Kendrick Edwards.


Overall outlook from Blake Anderson:

“It is that time of year when you have to give guys a chance to compete and see if somebody peaks your interest who might not have contributed a year before. You have got to find the 2-deep to some degree even though that tends to change some in the fall but I’d say 80 to 90 percent of what you come out of the spring with your try to play with. This is the time of year you show you deserve to be on the field.


“I think we have to make a real big push to be fundamentally better, athletically, position-wise, offense and defense. We will just really concentrate on being better. We want to see if we can be more detailed. The one thing that came out of film study from the fall is we have got to be more detailed-oriented in every aspect of the what we are doing.


“We have been here, the culture is established . We know what to expect but you have to face compliancy. We want to be very disciplined about the little things and not letting something  we have done a million times become mundane and overlook details. We have got to be more detailed-oriented.


No major experiments

“Nobody is out of position. We have more competition, more battles at every position that we have had. We don’t really have someone out of position trying something brand new.

Our depth is starting to balance out a little. We are not there yet, probably a class or two more, from stabilizing. It sure looks different than it did a spring ago.


The secondary

“There are not a lot of bodies there. That will be different in the fall when we get the guys back who are hurt and DJ (Darreon Jackson), Mike (Johnson) and Jeff Gibson are here.”



“It will not get heated up until fall camp (in the secondary) but there will be a lot at every other spot, the offensive line, a lot of competition at wide out, a lot of guys on the edge on defensive front and at quarterback there is a great opportunity for guys to go head-to-head on a daily basis; to solidify spots on the depth chart.”


The O-Line

“That area could be really solid, and it will be a little bit different because Jaypee Philbert and Marvis Brown will not be here until June,  but on what we have in the youth and the way they have worked.  Having Nour-Eddine, Chase Johnson, Lannard Bonner not available a year ago and the young guys around and Troy Elliott coming off a good freshman season there is a lot of opportunity for five different guy up there and looking forward to Marvis and Jaypee coming in June.  The sooner we find some consistency and stability there we the better off we will be.



“At quarterback we have to create competition for Justice (Hanson). He needs to shows some maturity and starts off where he finished, and not reverting back to where he was, a guy like (Logan) Bonner, and I would not rule out the possibility that Carson Coats can move in there and compete because he loves football and is such a competitor, are there. The sooner we are solid with who the guy is and who the number 2 is we improve.”