Howl Yes - An Arkansas State Dynasty

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  1. HoundsOfHowl

    HoundsOfHowl Feed Me More....Football

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    Red Wolf Rising!
    It all started with the announcement last Winter, of former head coach Gus Malzahn, that he was going to head back to Auburn after coaching Arkansas State to a second consecutive Sun Belt Championship, a Go-Daddy.com Bowl Win, and a 10-3 season. This left Arkansas State fans in turmoil for the second season in a row, after losing Hugh Freeze after a similar season in 2011. Arkansas State's new Athletic Director, Terry Mohajir, began his search immediately after Gus' announcement.​
    It began with a small town guy, with small town values, and honestly a small town dream. That man was non other than, Arkansas State alum and legend, Jason Darcy. Darcy graduated Arkansas State in 2002, after breaking the school record for rushing yards in a season at 1390, which still stands. Also Darcy led Arkansas State to a 6-7 season, which nothing had been seen like that since 1995, at 6-5. Darcy came to Arkansas State in 1999 after playing football at Nettleton High School in Jonesboro, AR, leaving the Raiders with a state title his senior year.​
    Darcy went on after college to be picked up as a free agent in the NFL by the Miami Dolphins, but a tragic event kept him from ever returning to the playing field. Darcy was in a freak boating accident in Miami during his second week down there for training camps, and injured his vertebrae during the accident. Doctors repaired what they could, but it left Darcy mangled and was forced to retire, having never stepped foot on a professional football field.​
    Darcy took his college degree with teaching and went back to his home town to teach history and coach football at a small program that was just being built up. Valley View High School offered Darcy his first head coaching job in the fall of 2003. His goal was to build this program up from nothing. Valley View was always a basketball school and Darcy has his work cut for him. Darcy took the Blazers 3 years to build up to their first varsity program and felt that they were ready enough to hit a conference.​
    Coach Darcy's first season with the Blazers was just sad, going 2-8, but it was his coaching staff hires that helped him in his career. He brought in several coaches that had helped build up programs in the past and he filled his weakness' with their strengths. The Blazers second season in the 4A conference was a success, 7-3 and made the playoffs for the first time in program history. The Blazers went on the road to lose 77-6 in their first playoff game to the, to be state champs Pine-Bluff Dollarway.​
    Darcy continued success at Valley View before taking a job as the runningbacks coach in 2010 under coach Steve Roberts at Arkansas State. The program was Roberts last year as head coach after failing to have a above .500 year since his hiring. Coach Darcy was kept on the staff when Hugh Freeze came to town, and was given more responsibilities. Darcy had a huge success coaching Derek Lawson and Ryan Aplin into rushing attacks. The Red Wolves went 10-3 with a Sun Belt Championship and a loss at the Go-Daddy.com Bowl to Northern Illinois.​
    The following year, after Freeze left for Ole Miss, in came Gus Malzahn. Darcy was always faithful to his hometown and turned down coach Freeze's offer to go to Ole Miss. After the same thing happened as the previous year, Darcy was made the head man for Arkansas State's bowl game against Kent State. After a successful game, the Red Wolves went on to win the Go-Daddy.com Bowl.​
    This left Terry Mohajir with a decision of bringing in a new coach that would have possibilities of leaving again, or to hire the one man who has stayed faithful, turning down two job offers for coaching in the SEC with previous Arkansas State coaches. Terry Mohajir called Jason into his office, sat him down, and offered him the head coaching position of the Arkansas State Red Wolves!!!

     
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  2. HoundsOfHowl

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    2013 Arkansas State Red Wolves
    Offensive Team : C+
    Senior Adam Kennedy, Utah State transfer, is eligible to play in 2013 and will be filling the shoes of back-to-back Sun Belt MVP, Ryan Aplin. While Kennedy has his work cut out for him, he will have senior David Oku and Junior Frankie Jackson in the backfield. The halfbacks this year will have to put in a lot of work to help keep pressure off of their quarterback this season. A weak wide receiver group is going to be challenged all season with their mediocre skills and lack of experience, 3 seniors will be on the field, but the Red Wolves are led by sophomore JD McKissic in the wide out position. A sub par offensive line will be protecting Kennedy and staff in the backfield and this group will have their work cut out for them.​
    Defensive Team : C-
    Senior defensive tackle, JT Finley, will be leading the defensive line for the Red Wolves this season, along side DT Amos Draper. These two seniors will try to put their experience to the test this year and get as much pressure on the other side of the ball as they can. Defensive impact player, QuShaun Lee, will be along side LaAngelo Albright in the linebacker section of this defense. Both of these players have experience and will be creating havoc for most of their opponents. Arkansas State's secondary is another weak spot of this team. Senior FS, Sterling Young, has the most experience and talent for this group and he can guarantee that he will make a success story for their group this year.​
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  3. HoundsOfHowl

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    Tickets are on sale now for the Arkansas State 2013 Schedule

    BREAKING NEWS : After many of years with conflicting issues, the Arkansas Razorbacks have announced that an agreement with the Arkansas State Red Wolves has been met. These two teams will be set to play each season at a neutral site (selected by both teams AD's) for each season in the future starting with the 2013 season. Fans all around the state are buzzing about this and are looking forward to playing their in-state opponents for the first time ever on the gridiron. Both schools have named this new rivalry the, Battle for the Natural State.

    8/31 - vs Arkansas "Battle for the Natural State" (@Memphis)
    9/7 - @Auburn
    9/12 - Troy*
    9/21 - @Memphis
    9/28 - @Missouri
    10/12 - Idaho **
    10/23 - UL Lafayette*
    11/2 - @South Alabama*
    11/9 - @UL Monroe*
    11/16 - Texas State*
    11/23 - Georgia State*
    11/30 - @Western Kentucky

    Bold denotes Home Game
    * Denotes Sun Belt Conference Game
    ** Denotes Homecoming

     
  4. HoundsOfHowl

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    Battle for the Natural State - 2013 / Series tied 0 - 0

    Arkansas State spent all week prepping for their season opener, and the first time to play new in-state rival, Arkansas. The game started out with a unfortunate turn of events for the Red Wolves, after intercepting the ball in Arkansas' endzone, A. Brown gets hit as he after he established ground before the kneel, resulting in a fumble, which was recovered by Charpentier for a Razorback touchdown. Both team fought continuously through the first quarter, but Arkansas State's Frankie Jackson would get to punch the ball in for the Red Wolves on a 28 yard fake field goal attempt with 1:14 remaining in the quarter.

    Arkansas took time in the second quarter before breaking a 26 yard touchdown run by J. Williams. The Razorbacks did not let up either, less than 3 minutes later they found paydirt again on this time a 37 yard run by A. Collins. Arkansas State did not give up hope, as coach Darcy kept his team in good spirits and led them down the field finding the endzone again with :21 seconds left in the first half on a 22 yard pass from Adam Kennedy to JD McKissic.

    This is where things got fun for the Razorbacks, either they toyed with the pups in the first half or just had a motivating speech from Bret Bielema at halftime. Arkansas too the third quarter's only touchdown on a 6 yard pass to J. Herndon from Brandon Allen with 1:37 left. But the fourth quarter was a complete blowout for the Red Wolves. Arkansas' Brandon Allen found J. Herndon 3 more times in a row all with 25 yard plus passes within 2 minutes of time to completely shut this Red Wolf nation up. Fans were shocked, players were shocked, and more than anything the coaches were disgusted.

    In the post game press conference with coach Darcy he stated that, "It was real unclassy to run the score up like Bielema and therest of his staff did. They continued to advance the ball down the field in a manner that coaches shouldn't do when leading by that much, better yet leaving starters in. This will not be forgotten for a while in Jonesboro."

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    The Red Wolves will be on the road next week in Auburn, facing former head coach, Gus Malzahn. We can only hope getting to play against a coach who broke many promises to you will mean something to this team and can bring home a victory.

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  5. cyhiphopp

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    That sounds like Bret Bielema!
     
  6. HoundsOfHowl

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    Week 2 - Arkansas State @ Auburn

    ASU - 14 l 03 l 07 l 00 - 24
    AUB - 00 l 14 l 07 l 07 - 28

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    Everything seemed to be going Arkansas State's way until the fourth quarter at Auburn. Auburn started off this game down 14 points after allowing 2 rushing touchdowns from Frankie Jackson and David Oku in the first quarter of action. The second quarter Auburn would pick back up and make it a tied ball game with 2:23 left in the first half after Tre Mason would punch in his 2nd rushing TD of the game. Arkansas State's following drive netted them a 42 yard field goal with :11 seconds left in the half to take a 17-14 halftime lead.

    Tre Mason and the Tigers opened up a drive that led to a 17 yard run by Mason to take the lead early in the third quarter 21-17. But Arkansas State's Adam Kennedy had been playing great all day, and finally all his hard work paid off with a 16 yard pass to JD McKissic with :52 seconds left in the third quarter.

    That was the last time the Red Wolves saw the endzone as a stalemate of a fourth quarter began. It took over 6 minutes for any more points to be put up on the board, but Auburn pulled through in the clutch with 2:38 left on Tre Mason's fourth touchdown run of the evening to give them the go-ahead score. Adam Kennedy would not recover from being down on the road, throwing 2 interceptions with under 2 minutes left in regulation to cap off the loss in Auburn.

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    Arkansas State now 0-2 will come back home to face Sun Belt opponent Troy Trojans next week.
     
  7. ronsmith67

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    Glad to see you are struggling a bit with a Sun Belt team. I'll follow this to see how it goes for you. I'm using your sliders for my Georgia State dynasty. I think you have seen the thread "Smitty67's Georgia State Odyssey". Good luck the rest of the way.
     

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