Toledo Scout publisher, Zach Harig caught up with Jeff Reed, publisher of AState Nation on the Scout Network to break down the week one matchup between Toledo and the Arkansas State Red Wolves. We are officially 50 days away from kickoff, so it's time to begin looking ahead to College Football.
Arkansas State Players to Watch For:
JEFF REED - ASTATE NATION: Arkansas State returns its offensive line and a lot on defense. The skill guys will be a new crew but not without talent. QB will be either Chad Voytik ( Pitt transfer) or Juco transfer Justice Hansen (who started at Oklahoma.). Both can run and throw. At WR transfer Cameron Echols-Luper (TCU) and Kendall Sanders (Texas) are fast, explosive and guys Red Wolves fans are excited about. Dijon Paschal is top returning wide out. On defense, defensive end Javon Rolland-Jones is a junior standout and Alabama transfer Dee Liner, and yes he is a defensive lineman, are two guys who could have big year. At LB Xavier Woodson is an honors candidate and a 3-year starter and safeties Cody Brown and Bo Sentimore are both top shelf.
What has Changed Since Last Season's 37-7 Toledo Win?
JEFF REED - ASTATE NATION: If you read the first answer, you know a lot. The playmakers are almost all new (at Arkansas State). The Red Wolves offensive coaching staff is almost all new, including offensive coordinator Buster Faulkner. However, the offensive philosophy should stay in check with maybe the philosophical change a little more appreciation for first downs.
What are Arkansas State fans' thoughts about Toledo after losing to the Rockets in back-to-back seasons?
JEFF REED - ASTATE NATION: I don't think there is a hate factor. That is saved for some of the SBC members and their obnoxious fan bases. I do think there is a feeling of frustration. Two years ago in the GoDaddy Bowl those who followed the program knew it was a bad matchup -- a strong senior OL with good backs against a team that could not stop the run. Last season quarterback Fredi Knighten, hurt the week before vs Missouri, was out and a poor game plan and inexperienced QB spelled doom. Finally, and hopefully, A-State gets a game on level footing. I think there is respect among the ASU diehards, after the Rockets did us a favor last September in Little Rock.
What's the National Exposure going to be like for Arkansas State with this game being on National Television?
JEFF REED - ASTATE NATION: Well, national television is pretty big. What could hurt ASU is it’s the opening night of the prep season and that is big in Arkansas. The ASU administration is all for national exposure.
What are the Strengths of the Red Wolves?
JEFF REED - ASTATE NATION: No doubt the defense has a chance to be salty and it was pretty good a year ago. The OL is back as a unit and all are seniors.
What are the Weaknesses of the Red Wolves?
JEFF REED - ASTATE NATION: Have to see what happens at CB and inexperience. The new starters are highly skilled and fast but there is a lack of game experience.
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