Jeremy Harper – 2015 Is Big For Red Wolves Football


If you stand back and squint just a little, you find that 2014 was a beautiful year for Red Wolves football. Yes, goals were not met. Expectations fell short. We failed to win the conference, stop the run, beat ULL or win the GoDaddy. And yet, it was beautiful all the same.

For instance, A-State recorded a fourth winning season in a row. Fredi Knighten proved he was more than ready for the starting role. Flash flashed. Q teed off on some unlucky running backs. And A-State grabbed a nice win against Utah State.

And yet, 2015 looks even better. 
I know every program says that. But for A-State, that statement is legit, yo. The Red Wolves are in a unique position – a position of strength. Big dominos are falling the right way. I’m not even full of crap.

620 Pounds of Run Stop’n Bad Ass Is Arriving in J-Town. JUCO standouts Waylon Roberson (340lbs) and Jake Swalley (280lbs) will provide instant relief to a depleted and heroically undersized defensive line. A-State commit Javier Carbonell is also listed at a beefy 285lbs, and the trio should help put to an end to opposing RBs having career games against the Red Wolves.

The Boys Are Back In Town. Smooth. Flash. Tres. Woodson. Money. JD. Stone. Mack. Blaise. They’re coming back a year stronger and smarter. These guys are fun to watch. And they’re ready to deliver bigtime wins.

Welcome to the Jacked-Up Cent. Centennial Bank Stadium needed a facelift, and A-State sugar daddy Johnny Allison wrote a $5M check to make it happen. Coupled with the end zone Monster Factory, the Brand New Cent is finally the colosseum A-State fans and players deserve.

Standing Room Only for Mizzou. True, we were subjected to a drawn-out drama that explored moving the Tiger/Red Wolves game to St. Louis, but the right decision was made when the commitment to Jonesboro was honored. This is the biggest game ever hosted in Jonesboogie – a nice reward to the city, the team, and to the A-State faithful.

Sorry, U-Haul. Coach Blake Anderson is back for a second year, which is a weird feeling for the Red Wolves. Staying on with Anderson is the energetic coach’s enthusiasm and creativity. But what he brings new to the table is even more valuable: consistency.

Red Wolves Rivalries Rising. Let’s be honest: the 2014 Sun Belt slate wasn’t exactly titillating. But newbies like Appalachian State and Georgia Southern proved they were worth a damn. And late entries like Texas State and South Alabama are shaping into dangerous foes. Yeah, and there’s ULL, too. The Sun Belt race in 2015 should be a jaw-breaking fist-fight.

Rage Against the Rockets. Toledo proved to be a chippy bunch, and the Red Wolves will remember the 63-44 punch-fest handed out in the GoDaddy Bowl. The Red Wolves travel to Ohio on September 26th looking for revenge. We’ll all want it badly.

2015 will be big year for red wolves football


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