What You Need To Know About The Arkansas State Offense
– The high-powered attack that finished tenth in the nation and first in the Sun Belt gets back just enough key parts to do it all over again. The Red Wolves might have been a bit too inconsistent, but they’ll be more than happy to average 38 points and 495 points again.
It all starts with QB Justice Hansen back for a passing attack that averaged 342 yards per game, but had too many misfires. Hansen’s 3,967 yards and 37 touchdowns were fantastic, but the 16 picks were way too many. The former Oklahoma transfer will be one of the Sun Belt’s marquee names again, and then it’s a fight for the No. 2 job with last year’s top backup Logan Bonner leading the way.
– Four of the top seven receivers are gone, but enough weapons are back for Hansen keep the fun going. He’ll spread the ball around after seven Red Wolves caught 25 passes or more.
Star TE Blake Mack is off trying to be a Kansas City Chief and leading pass catcher Chris Murray is gone, but 6-6, 210-pound senior Justin McInnis is back after leading the team with 800 yards. 6-3, Omar Bayless has the talent to play a bigger roll after a strong six touchdown season.
– All-star tackle Lanard Bonner anchors a line that struggled in pass protection and was just okay for the ground game. Four starters are back with left tackle Jaypee Philbert the only lost part. There’s good bulk among the backups with enough depth to play around with the lineup and get a stronger ground game going if needed.
5-5, 191-pound leading rusher Warren Wand is back, there’s more quick backs in reserve, and Hansen is a good running quarterback. As a team, if it can hit over four yards per carry and 2,000 total yards – it came up with 1,831 yards and 3.95 yards per pop – the ground game will be doing its job.
Biggest Key To The Arkansas State Offense
Stop the giveaways. ASU was a turnover machine, giving it up 25 times on the year with six big mistakes the reason for the shocking loss to South Alabama, and with six more turnovers in the loses to Troy and Middle Tennessee to end the season. In all, 16 of the giveaways came in the five losses, and five more came in a win over Georgia Southern.