Offensively Speaking

Offensively Speaking

One thing was evident from Arkansas State's version of Friday Night Lights Scrimmage, the Red Wolves proved that their running attack is going to be very effective under new Head Football Coach Bryan Harsin.

One thing was evident from Arkansas State's version of Friday Night Lights Scrimmage, the Red Wolves proved that their running attack is going to be very effective under new Head Football Coach Bryan Harsin.

The ASU running game didn't miss a beat Friday night, that's saying a lot since standout junior running back Frankie Jackson has moved to the defensive side of the ball.

Harsin has said since day one that he wanted to be a physical attacking running style offense, it was apparent he wasn't kidding.

The Red Wolves demonstrated a down hill running attack along with speed and quickness that may top what Arkansas State was able to accomplish on the ground last season.

PREMIER BACK

There is no doubt that David Oku is going to be the premier back in Harsin's attack, the former Tennessee Vol and current all conference selection showed up briefly in Friday night's scrimmage, but appears to be true to form.

Oku found the end zone once during the offensive four rushing touchdown production.

OFFENSIVELY SPEAKING

There wasn't a lack of offensive production in Friday night's scrimmage. The offense finished with 452 yards and was not only responsible for four touchdowns on the ground, a long with two more scores from the air.

True sophomore quarterback Fredi Knighten finished with a team-high 79 rushing yards and followed by another true sophomore Michael "Flash" Gordon with 75 yards.

QUARTERBACK RACE

What appears to be a two horse or two quarterback race, it was evident Friday night that Harsin will continue what he has done in the past and that is to run a two quarterback system.

What isn't evident is who will be the passing quarterback in Harsin's system. It appears it will be a battle between Phillip Butterfield (has slight edge) Stephen Hogan and Chandler Rogers (dead heat). One thing that appears for sure is the fact that Knighten will be the dual threat part of the two headed quarterback system.

LINE DEPTH

What is expected to be a strength for the Red Wolves this season, one area of concern appears to be who will be playing one of the tackle positions. While it's certain that senior Aaron Williams will play one of the tackle positions, it was a surprise to AStateNation that red-shirt freshman Colten Jackson saw a lot of action with the ones in Friday night's action.

The O-line is returning four out of five starters, and a lot of the red shirt freshmen are expected to add the needed depth, just surprising one might end up being a starter.

WHO WILL STEP UP AT WIDEOUT

Losing two talented seniors such as Taylor Stockemer and Josh Jarboe won't be easy, but it appears that Harsin may have an answer.

The return of two talented pass catchers Allen Muse and Tres Houston may relieve some of the pain. Add J.D. McKissic, Julian Jones, Rocky Hayes (at times) and other weapons still help keep the air attack flying at Arkansas State.

Jones hauled in a team-high five reception and Muse ended the night with a team best 36 yards.

Carlos McCants, who was injured in an accident, is expected to be a full go for fall camp, did not participate in spring training.

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