Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson says some young players will need to step up if the Red Wolves hope to make a run at a third straight Sun Belt Conference title. Arkansas State must replace five starters in the offensive line and four starters in the secondary from last year’s team that finished 8-5.
After opening against Nebraska the Red Wolves will host Miami and Anderson says some young players will need to grow up in a hurry.
Tough early schedules are nothing new for Arkansas State which opened 0-4 in 2016 before posting eight wins in the final nine games. That included a 31-13 victory over Central Florida in the AutoNation Cure Bowl.
“Athletically we have a lot of potential but also some inexperience”, added Anderson. “We have to get some really good athletes ready for a really good opponent.”