Arkansas State Offense Preview

Arkansas State will try to use their speed and uptempo offense to beat the Aggies. The Red Wolves have good skill players that will try to get in a rhythm.

OFFENSE

WIDE RECEIVERS

(WR)

The two players that have found their way on top of the Redwolves two deep depth chart are 6-1 196 redshirt freshman Dijon Paschal (Scout 3*) and Tres Houston (Scout 2*) a 6-2 188 junior. Paschal who was a standout RB in high school has had a decent beginning to his collegiate career by catching 4 passes for 42 yards through the teams first 3 games of 2014. Houston on the other hand is off to a hot start for the 2014 season having already snared 14 receptions for 157 yards and 1 TD. Houston appeared in 12 games for Arkansas State as a sophomore in 2013 finishing with 8 catches for 44 yards.

Former walk-on Booker Mays (Scout NR) has been making the most of his time playing behind Paschal. The 5-1, yes Aggie fans that's right, 5-1 170 sophomore, who played predominantly on special teams in 2013, is currently fifth on the team in receptions in 2014 with 5 for 59 yards. Carl Lee (Scout 2*) a 6-2 202 redshirt freshman has earned the right to back up Houston. Lee had a respectable high school career recording 40 catches for 568 yards and 7 TDs his senior season. Lee has yet to really assert himself in 2014 catching only 2 passes for 1 total yard.

(A-BACK)

5-11 193 junior J.D. McKissic (Scout 2*) has already garnered heaps of praise by several national publications. Originally recruited by Arkansas State as a QB, McKissic has been named to several national preseason watch lists, as well as All-Conference and All-American teams. McKissic has already become the Redwolves all time leader in career receptions and finished in the top 5 in the country in kick return yardage in 2013 with a 30 yards per return average. Through the first three games of the 2014 season McKissic has lived up to every bit of the hype as a receiver having already pulled in 16 receptions for 180 yards. Charged with having the near impossible task of backing up the extremely dynamic McKissic is Brandon Cox (Scout 2*) a 5-8 167 redshirt freshman. Cox had a standout high school career earning All-State honors in his home state of Arkansas. Orginally signed as a corner back Cox has made the most of his playing opportunity thus far in 2014 by totaling 6 catches for 33 yards.

OFFENSIVE LINE

LEFT TACKLE

6-6 304 sophomore Jemar Clark (Scout 3*) saw action in 11 games in 2013 and now enters the 2014 season as a starter. Clark came to Arkansas State rated as high as the 97th best tackle in the country following his senior season of high school. Backing up Clark is true freshman Daniel Keith (Scout 2*). Keith was selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game following his senior season of high school where he was rated as high as the 91st best tackle in the country.

RIGHT TACKLE

Returning as a starter is 6-4 276 sophomore Colton Jackson (Scout 2*). Jackson started all 13 games in 2013 as a redshirt freshman and helped the Red Wolves become the number 1 offense in the Sun Belt Conference. 6-4 269 senior Brennan Tutor (Scout 2*) played in 1 game in 2013 for Arkansas State. Tutor came to the Redwolves from Itawamba CC where he left as a two year starter.

LEFT GUARD

Devin Mondie (Scout 2*) saw action in only 2 games as a redshirt freshman in 2013. The 6-5 291 Mondie was highly sought after coming out of high school, being recruited by big name schools such as Mississippi State, Louisville, and Memphis. Steven Stevens (Scout 2*) a 6-4 296 junior will be backing up Mondie. Stevens, who was orginally recruited by the Red Wolves as a defensive lineman played in two games on the defensive line as a redshirt freshman in 2012, he then made the move to the offensive line for the 2013 season appearing in 1 game.

RIGHT GUARD

The first of two seniors starting on the offensive line for Arkansas State is 6-2 307 Alan Wright (Scout 2*). Prior to starting the 2014 season Wright had seen action in 23 games starting 9 of them. Backing up Wright is a former defensive lineman who recently made the switch to offense in 6-1 318 Austin Moreton (Scout 2*). 2014 will be Moreton's third year in the program but he has yet to see the field or record any statistics.

CENTER

The second and final senior starter on the offensive line is Tyler Greve (Scout 2*). The 6-4 301 Greve has seen action in 19 games but until the 2014 season he had yet to start one. Greve is a very cerebral player who has been a member of the ASU Athletic Directors Honor Roll all four of his years in the Arkansas State program. Junior Kyle Harris (Scout 2*) will be the back up to Greve. Harris originally signed with South Carolina as a Scout 3* recruit out of high school and actually played in 4 games as a true freshman in Columbus, starting 1 game in 2011. However Harris was injured during the season, received a medical redshirt and subsequently transferred to Itawamba CC where he was a two year starter prior to joining the Red Wolves in 2014.

TIGHT END

(Y)

Darrion Griswold (Scout 2*) a 6-5 264 junior leads the way at TE. Originally signed as a QB, Griswold quickly grew into an athletic TE as he has proved himself valuable to the Red Wolves playing in 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2012. However Griswold really blossomed as a sophomore last season when he was named Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference when he logged 24 receptions for 312 yards and 3 TDs. In 2014 Griswold has been name to the national John Mackey Award Watch List and has been named a preseason All-Conference selection by numerous national publications. Through 3 games in 2014 Griswold has pulled in 6 passes for 66 yards and 1 TD. Backing up Griswold is a nearly as athletic player in redshirt freshman Jerry Moorehead (Scout 2*). The 6-4 209 Moorehead had a productive senior high school season rushing 54 times for 243 yards and 9 TDs, while also snagging 54 passes for 855 yards and 12 TDs. Moorehead has yet to catch a pass in 2014.

(H)

Sophomore Warren Leapheart (Scout 2*) is the Redwolves blocking TE. Originally recruited as a WR the 6-5 242 Leapheart played in 10 games as a redshirt freshman primarily on special teams. Leapheart has yet to record any statistics for the 2014 season. 6-4 209 redshirt freshman Jerry Moorehead also backs up the H-back spot and has yet to record any statistics at the H-Back position.

RUNNING BACK

5-9 187 junior Michael Gordon (Scout 2*) returns to reprise his role as the Red Wolves starting RB. Gordon was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference Second Team following a good but not great 2013 season which saw Gordon record 754 yards rushing to go along with 10 TDs. Gordon has carried the ball 14 times for 85 yards and 1 TD, and also has pulled in 3 passes for 16 yards so far on the 2014 season. Redshirt freshman Johnston White (Scout NR) has been turning some heads putting up solid numbers as a back up. White had a very solid high school career rushing for 4,801 yards and 66 TDs and through 3 games in 2014 he has rushed 30 times for 137 yards and 2 TDs.

QUARTERBACK

Dual threat junior Fredi Knighten (Scout 2*) is the starter in 2014 for the Redwolves. The 5-11 189 QB is just the second Parade All-American that has donned an Arkansas State uniform and Red Wolves fans are ready to see the youngster prove his mettle. In 2013 Knighten played sparingly behind departed former Aggie QB Adam Kennedy, but Knighten came off the bench in the bowl game to replace an injured Kennedy leading the Red Wolves to victory. Knighten finished the 2013 season completing 34 of 48 pass attempts for 215 yards, while also rushing 55 times for 358 yards. Through the first 3 games of 2014 Knighten has 62 completions in 103 attempts for 602 yards and 2 TDs, and has also carried the ball 49 times for 163 yards and 2 more TDs. Originally recruited as a WR 6-4 210 junior Stephen Hogan (Scout 2*) is the Arkansas State back up QB. Hogan has played very minimally so far in his career only appearing as the holder on extra points and field goal attempts up to this point in his career. Hogan has yet to attempt a pass in 2014 but he has recorded 1 carry for 2 yards.

PUNT RETURN

Starting A-Back JD McKissic is also the punt returner. McKissic has been named as the Lindey's "Special Teams Demon" in 2014 and he has also been named a special teams All-Sun Belt Conference selection by several national media magazines. McKissic has returned 3 punts for -5 yards so far in 2014. 5'9 170 true freshman CB Blaise Taylor (Scout 2*) is leading the 2014 edition of the Red Wolves with 4 returns for 11 yards for an average of 2.8 yards per return.

KICK RETURN

JD McKissic is the jack of all trades for the Red Wolves, as he also serves as the teams starting kick returner. McKissic has been named to several national preseason watch lists, as well as All-Conference and All-American teams. McKissic finished in the top 5 in the country in kick return yardage in 2013 with a 30 yards per return average. Through the first three games of the 2014 season McKissic has yet to really break free having only returned 4 kicks for 102 yards for a 25.5 yard per return average. Back up Daryl Rollins-Davis (Scout 2*) has actually managed unexpectedly to turn in a better 2014 campaign than McKissic thus far. The 5-9 175 true freshman has returned 7 kicks for 173 yards.


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