Best Arkansas State Offensive Player
QB Justice Hansen, Sr.
The 6-4, 218-pound former Oklahoma Sooner had a nice first season with the program in 2016 season, and then he took his game up a few notches with a brilliant all-star second year.
He threw 16 picks, but he also bombed away for over eight yards per attempt, close to 4,000 yards and 37 touchdowns. He ran a little, too, with seven scores and 432 yards.
The season got off on a roll with 415 yards and three scores against Nebraska – but with two picks. And that was the key. For all the good things he did, he also gave up four interceptions in the win over Georgia Southern, threw four more in the loss to South Alabama, and three more against Troy.
As long as he can cut down on the mistakes, he’ll be one of the nation’s top statistical quarterbacks – and he might just lead ASU to the Sun Belt title.
2. OT Lanard Bonner, Sr.
3. RB Warren Wand, Sr.
4. WR Justin McInnis, Sr.
5. PK Sawyer Williams, Jr.
Best Arkansas State Defensive Player
S B.J. Edmonds, Jr.
The team’s leading returning tackler, Edmonds made 80 tackles with three interceptions as a do-it-all strong safety in an all-star season.
Great in the classroom as well as on the field, he’s a smart, tough player who came up with 13 stops against both South Alabama and Louisiana-Lafayette, and with two of his picks coming in the bowl loss to Middle Tennessee.
The 6-0, 206-pounder is quick and can hit – now he needs to break up a few more passes as the leader and main man in the secondary.
2. S Justin Clifton, Sr.
3. DE Ronheen Bingham, Sr.
4. S/LB Darreon Jackson, Jr.
5. P Cody Grace, Jr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
DE Ronheen Bingham, Sr.
It’s not a bad run when you earn all-conference honors as a reserve. The 6-2, 241-pound former JUCO transfer only came up with 22 tackles, but he worked his way into the rotation and came up with five sacks and eight tackles for loss.
Now, with star Ja’Von Rolland-Jones gone – Bingham has the same measurements as the current Cincinnati Bengal – the pass rushing production and disruptive plays have to come from somewhere. It’s Bingham’s time to shine.
Key Game To The Arkansas State Season
at Louisiana, Oct. 27
The showdown against Appalachian State will be more fun, but in the new configuration, it’s about the division games. The Red Wolves are in the much, much easier West, making the mid-November date with ULM and the road trip to Louisiana at the end of October the biggest battles.
The Ragin’ Cajuns have won three of the last five games, but ASU pulled off a 47-3 blowout last season with ease. 2012 was the last time the Red Wolves won at ULL.
2017 Arkansas State Fun Stats
– 3rd Quarter Scoring: Arkansas State 116 – Opponents 58
– Passing Yards: Arkansas State 4,106 – Opponents 2,897
– Punt Return Average: Arkansas State 13.7 yards – Opponents 2.0 yards