I’m not sure if you’ve been made aware, but the Red Wolves are in Year Two of Quarterback Imbroglio, featuring former Pulaski Academy superstar Layne Hatcher. Taking over for Logan Bonner is Florida State transfer James Blackman, who was either brought in to either a) deepen the position roster, b) push Hatcher to greatness, or c) win the job outright. Nobody knows for sure.
What we do know for sure is that whoever winds up behind center, he will have an embarrassment of wideout riches from which to plunder. Say what you will about coach Blake Anderson (fans aren’t shy with their opinions), the former Red Wolves coach did have a knack for assembling some of our more memorable wide receivers, among them Kirk Merritt, Jay Adams, Omar Bayless, Justin McInnis, and Kendrick Edwards.
Arkansas State fans will have many position groups to wonder and fret over once the season begins (offensive line, defensive backs, defensive end, tight end, you name it), but wide receiver won’t be one. Centennial Bank may not see a dominating receiver like Adams or Bayless in 2021, but the corps just screams “even ball distribution.” Still, somebody will rise to the top. Vegas hasn’t asked, but I submit my odds for who becomes the alpha receiver right here:
If you saw Rucker at the Spring Game, then you saw Rucker receive a heavy dose of pigskin. He has the speed to outpace DBs and the hands to become a nice safety net for whoever’s chucking 50/50 balls.
This is it for Dahu Green. When uninjured, Green is a big target who is capable of huge games. Foreman was used sparingly last season, but he exploded against ULM last season with a pair of TDs and 144 yards receiving. He enters the season a little dinged, and therefore, so are my expectations.
Te’Vailance Hunt (transfer, TCU) and Khyheem Waleed (transfer, Boise State) both delivered “THE LOOK” during the Spring Game, with Hunt particularly seeing plenty of work. I just feel good about these guys. If they don’t pan out, blame my feelings, you insensitive bastard.
Why is freshman Regan Ealy on this list? When asked who impressed him most in Fall camp, Corey Rucker said, “Regan Ealy.” Whaaaat? Rucker’s endorsement is enough for me.
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