College Football News Preview 2020: Arkansas State Red Wolves Keys To The Season
Biggest Key To The Arkansas State Red Wolves Offense
The offensive line has to start giving everyone more time to work. The Red Wolves were 119th in the nation in sacks allowed – giving up more than three per game – and had problems overall for a running game that averaged a mere 127 yards per outing.
The 2018 line allowed just 24 sacks and 72 tackles for loss, but last year’s front five allowed 40 sacks and 86 tackles for loss. The skill guys are there, but they need to be kept clean.
Biggest Key To The Arkansas State Red Wolves Defense
The run defense has to be stronger. Run D hasn’t been a hallmark of the Red Wolves for the last few seasons after a great 2017, but it has to be better than last year.
To be fair, ASU managed to win a whole lot of games when it got gouged on the ground, but allowing 200 yards or more in eight of the last 11 games and over five yards per carry on the season wasn’t okay.
In a particularly bad two game stretch, Georgia State and Louisiana were able to combine for 655 yards and 11 touchdowns – both ASU losses.
Key Arkansas State Red Wolves Player To A Successful Season
DE/LB Jeffmario Brown, Sr.
William Bradley-King was a force, He came up with 49 tackles with 8.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss in an All-Sun Belt season, and now he’s a Baylor Bear.
The 6-3, 229-pound Jeffmario Brown is part linebacker, part defensive end, and he’s got the experience and upside to become a decent pass rusher – at least that’s the hope – after coming up with 20 sacks with a sack and two tackles for loss.
Key Game To The Arkansas State Red Wolves Season
at Louisiana, Nov. 5
With only some due respect to ULM, South Alabama and Texas State, this is the game for the Sun Belt West title. The Red Wolves lost 37-20 to the Ragin’ Cajuns for their second straight loss in the series and third in the last four.
– Arkansas State Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2019 Arkansas State Fun Stats
– 1st Quarter Points Allowed: 88. 2nd Quarter Points Allowed: 166
– Time of Possession: Opponents 32:20 – Arkansas State 27:39
– Fumbles: Arkansas State 24 (lost 11) – Opponents 12 (lost 7)