Jarboe comes up big for Red Wolves

Jarboe comes up big for Red Wolves

Though he may not have scored any touchdowns in Saturday's game against North Texas, junior wide receiver Josh Jarboe covered more ground than any other receiver on the team.

Though he may not have scored any touchdowns in Saturday's game against North Texas, junior wide receiver Josh Jarboe covered more ground than any other receiver on the team.

Jarboe's longest reception of the night came in Arkansas State's second drive of the second quarter — a 41-yarder that brought the Red Wolves down to UNT's 12 yard line. Two plays later, the result of the drive was a touchdown.

Jarboe's next two longest receptions were for 19 and 20 yards, and two of his receptions contributed to drives that ended in six points for the Red Wolves.

His 19-yard reception early in the first quarter broke Arkansas State into the red zone on its first drive, setting up running back Frankie Jackson for the first touchdown of the night.

"Those receivers make big time plays when you give them the ball," said quarterback Ryan Aplin of the Arkansas State receivers.

The Red Wolf offense had an explosive and productive first half, going into halftime with a 31-0 lead. Jarboe's stats are reflective of the first half performance of the Arkansas State offense, with 5 of his 7 receptions being in the first half, totaling 71 of his 96 yards.

"Offensively I thought we were pretty solid, probably our best first half of football complete," said head coach Hugh Freeze. "The thing that impressed me the most was just the intensity level."

Jarboe has 249 receiving yards combined since Arkansas State started Sun Belt Conference play four weeks ago. For the entire season, Jarboe has recorded 525 receiving yards, and has broken 100 yards in two games.

Jarboe has recorded two touchdowns this year, both of which came in the home opener against Memphis.

In an interview back in August, Freeze talked about his love for Jarboe, how he thinks he's special and how he's excited to help him write the rest of his story here at Arkansas State.

More than 500 reception yards later, with the best record Arkansas State has had since 1986, I'd say Jarboe is enjoying living a pretty great story as a Red Wolf. And there's still four games to be played and a Sun Belt title to be won. Look for #3 to continue to be a difference maker for the Red Wolf offense.

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