Arkansas State departed spring camp with one glaring question.
Who will be the quarterback to take the place of two time Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year?
Bryan Harsin and his coaching staff is faced with one of the hardest task for a Red Wolf coaching staff in several years, it was easy to see why Harsin declined to let any of his signal caller candidates do post practice interviews during the spring.
During last weekend’s spring game, it appeared that Stephen Hogan might have a leg up on the competition, but it was clear that there wasn’t one clear answer for the position.
Things appears to have cleared up Friday afternoon in Jonesboro when former Utah State quarterback and former starter for the Aggies Adam Kennedy tweeted to the world that he was coming to Arkansas State.
The senior will graduate from Utah State in the next couple of weeks and will be immediately eligible this fall for the Red Wolves.
This writer has been saying and asking on the air waves of AStateNation Sports Radio if Kennedy was the answer, apparently Bryan Harsin and his staff has decided he may be their best option to repeat as back to back to back conference champions.
While Kennedy will have to come in and win the starting role, he appears to be the odds on favorite to do so.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound quarterback from Elk Grove California, is known for a very accurate and strong arm. According to his Utah State Bio, Kennedy is a better runner than most people give him credit for. Has improved a lot during the off season with his mechanics, and possesses a lot of confidence and has an uncanny ability to make plays.
As a junior in 2011 he played in eight games, starting the final five games after an injury to Chuckie Keaton. He threw for 972 yards in eight games, threw 11 touchdowns with only four interceptions. Utah State was 4-1 in games started by Kennedy with the one loss coming against Ohio in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 24-23.
He posted a passing efficiency of 169.04 in those five and a half games, a mark that would led the WAC and ranked seventh in FBS, but only played in eight of USU’s 13 games not making the requirement of 75% playing time. He also added 239 rushing on 55 carries and was third on the team in total offense with 1,211 yards.
He was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness after his come-from-behind thrilling 24-21 win at New Mexico State.
Kennedy will have one season to play for the Red Wolves, and will bring D1 starting experience to the Arkansas State Quarterback Derby.
With the returning weapons offensively that the Red Wolves bring back, Kennedy could easily be the missing piece of the puzzle of continue success that AStateNation has enjoyed the past two seasons.
More on Kennedy as the story develops.