Arkansas State - Chronicles of the Red Wolfpack

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    Arkansas State - Chronicles of the Red Wolfpack

    Preseason:

    New Leader of the Pack
    Coach Helm takes over as head coach of ASU Red Wolves.


    Jonesboro, AK -- Hope begins anew at Arkansas State University, as the Red Wolves are making final preparations for their season opener against Arkansas. No one is expecting much of a game, to be sure, though there is a bit of intrigue off the field. Namely, Rich Helm has taken the reigns as the new head coach of ASU, and has promised to make a bit of noise in the Sun Belt Conference during the upcoming campaign.

    Still, the ASU campus is not optimistic. While relatively strong at Quarterback, the Red Wolves field a team devoid of talent yet loaded with graduating seniors. Without a head coach who has a track record of successful recruiting, it could be a perilous first few years at ASU.

    But let's not get ahead of ourselves, ASU walks the Razor's Edge later today, and Coach Helm would be wise to keep his aspirations tight to his chest and hope to keep the score relatively close...
     
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    Week 1:

    BOOF.
    Arkansas State leaves Fayetteville with a learning experience (i.e. 41-7 defeat).


    Fayetteville, AK -- This is college, and Arkansas State just got "learned". They say that there is something to take from every defeat, and in this case it is clear - turnovers kill.

    Extremely sharp at times, and horrid at others, young quarterback Ryan Aplin WAS his team. He was responsible for moving ASU up the field, yet also for shooting his team in the foot to the count of 4 INTs. Still, Aplin showed potential. He has a quick release, solid arm, and great accuracy. Today was just a case of bigger, stronger, faster... and Arkansas represented all three.

    ASU's response will be telling. While they were dominated by the #20 ranked Razorbacks, this team showed flashes of being every bit the contender that Coach Helm promised. Now the young coach must show he can teach his young kids the value of a short-term memory, as they get ready to take the fight to their own Conference.
     
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    Week 3:

    Statement Made.
    Arkansas State lights up UL Lafayette 31-8.


    Jonesboro, AK -- This was a statement game for the Red Wolves. Coming off a crushing defeat last week that made ASU look like a team without a strength, Coach Helm's young squad simply dominated every facet of the game against UL Lafayette. Quarterback Ryan Aplin played outstanding, hitting deep passes one after another, most ending up in the hands of Muse. Young Frankie Jackson had solid game at running back, providing a change of pace until taking over because it injury. Coach Helm intimiated that the team feels very confident in Jackson as the starting running back moving forward, citing his explosiveness and vision.

    Most importantly, this game showed ASU fans Coach Helm's vision for his offense and defense. Offensively, ASU's modified pro style offense worked to great success, using a variety of complicated blocking schemes to generate running lanes, following by deep strikes. This offensive style puts the onus on the offensive line to hold protection, but again UL Lafayette they played marvelously. On defense, the Red Wolves simply played physical. This aggressive style of play hopefully will hide the dearth of talent on this side of the ball enough for ASU to make some noise in the Sun Belt this season...
     
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    Week 5:

    HEARTBREAKER WITH NO TIME LEFT
    Troy buries a 53-yard FG as time expires to crush ASU's comeback.


    Jonesboro, AK -- Crushed. That is the feeling permiating the lockerroom of the ASU Red Wolves following their defeat at the hands of Troy. A defensive battle all game long, ASU's offense repeatedly stalled as Ryan Aplin was responsible for three turnovers at critical moments in the game (2 INTs, 1 fumble lost).

    Not without resolve, ASU's defense came up with a timely interception to give the ball back late in the game, but Aplin was ruled down literally an inch from the endzone in a QB sneak on 4th and goal. All was not lost, however, as ASU's defense again came up huge, stuffing Troy on two straight runs from their own 1 yard line after the change in possession, and playing solid defense on their sole passing attempt.

    The Red Wolves got the ball back with under a minute to go, and no timeouts, but joy soon rushed down the ASU sideline as Aplin hit TE Murry along the sideline for a 43-yard scamper into the end zone. ASU took the 1 point lead, and surely would prevail...

    ... except they did not. Troy promptly completed a few short passes, capped off with a 20-yard pass that put them in field goal range with 6 seconds on the clock. Wasting no time, Troy lined up for the 53-yard field goal... Taylor put a solid foot into the ball which had the distance but looked wide left... before tailing right into the bottom corner of the goalposts for the game winner with no time left on the clock.
     
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    That one must've been painful to watch.
     
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    Week 6:

    Red Wolves Rebound
    Arkansas State upsets Louisville.


    Jonesboro, AK -- Arkansas State rebounded nicely this week following a crushing loss to Troy, scoring a minor upset against the Louisville Cardinals. The Aplin-Muse connection was strong once more, as Aplin repeatedly would put the ball up for grabs just for Muse to come down with the catch.

    Young Freshman Frankie Jackson also continues to show flashes, consistently slicing through Louisville's line on the way to over 100 yards. It appears that ASU has a running back that will be a force in the Sun Belt for years to come.
     

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