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  11/19/21 - Blake GruperJr/2023, Arkansas State, 5-08, 148 (DS#999 K) + More +

  NOV 15 SUN BELT FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Blake Grupe, Arkansas State, (RS Jr., K – Sedalia, Mo.),...Arkansas State redshirt junior Blake Grupe snapped the program record for career field goals on a game-winning 42-yard kick with 1:17 remaining in the Red Wolves' 27-24 win at ULM. The Sedalia, Mo., product connected on both of his field goal attempts and was 3-for-3 on extra points, contributing nine points in Arkansas State's first Sun Belt Conference victory of the 2021 campaign. Grupe increased his career field goal total to 59 and career extra points tally to 159 to take over the top spot in the Red Wolves record book in both categories. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#999 K) rJr/2023 K Blake GrupeArkansas State
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  11/14/21 - Layne HatcherrSo/2024, Arkansas State, 5-11, 211 (DS#28 QB) + More +

  Layne Hatcher threw for 444 yards and two touchdowns, Blake Grupe kicked the go-ahead field goal with 77 seconds remaining and Arkansas State snapped an eight-game losing streak by defeating Louisiana-Monroe 27-24 on Saturday night. The Red Wolves (2-8, 1-5 Sun Belt) scored the game's final 10 points as Hatcher hit Te'Vailance Hunt for a 20-yard score midway through the fourth quarter and Grupe delivered a 42-yard field goal for the lead with 1:17 left. On its final drive, UL Monroe reached the Arkansas State 44 before Rhett Rodriguez was intercepted.

Arkansas State pressured Rodriguez throughout the game as he completed just 12 of 29 passes for 160 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He was sacked six times and the Red Wolves had 14 tackles for loss. Defensive end Joe Ozougwu had eight tackles with 3 1/2 tackles for loss for Arkansas State. UL Monroe linebacker Zack Woodard had 15 tackles, seven solo and Malik Jackson ran for 166 yards and two touchdowns for the Warhawks (4-6, 2-5). - Arkansas State/AP College Football


(DS#28 QB) rSo/2024 QB Layne HatcherArkansas State
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  11/11/21 - Alan LamarrSr/2022, Arkansas State, 5-08, 207 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  NOV 1 SUN BELT FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Alan Lamar, Arkansas State,(Sr., RS – Olive Branch, Miss.),...Arkansas State senior running back and return specialist Alan Lamar returned five kickoffs for a school-record 232 yards-the most in the FBS this season. The performance was punctuated by a 100-yard return for a touchdown, the second of the season for Lamar. With the return, the Olive Branch, Miss., native became the 13th player in Sun Belt history with multiple kickoff-return touchdowns in a season. Lamar-who has taken over second place in the Red Wolves record book with 922 kickoff return yards this season-needs just 78 yards to become the sixth player in Sun Belt Conference history with 1,000 kickoff return yards in a single campaign. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#999 RB) rSr/2022 RB Alan LamarArkansas State
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  09/27/21 - Alan LamarrSr/2022, Arkansas State, 5-08, 207 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  SEPT 27 SUN BELT SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Alan Lamar, Arkansas State, (Sr., RS – Olive Branch, Miss.),...Red Wolves senior running back and return specialist Alan Lamar registered a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Arkansas State's 41-34 loss at Tulsa. The Olive Branch, Miss., native concluded the game with 178 yards on five returns-the fourth-most in Red Wolves program history and the third-most in the nation this season. His 93-yard return tied the ninth longest in school history, while his 352 kickoff return yards through four games are the second-most in the FBS. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#999 RB) rSr/2022 RB Alan LamarArkansas State
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  09/08/21 - Corey RuckerrFr/2025, Arkansas State, 6-0, 203 (DS#44 WR) + More +

  Corey Rucker acknowledged last week that he had jitters entering Arkansas State University's season opener. The sophomore was making just his second career start and is part of a group that understands the task it shares in replacing Jonathan Adams. You wouldn't have known the butterflies existed by the time Rucker hauled in his third touchdown pass of the night, blowing past a pair of University of Central Arkansas defensive backs before high-stepping up the ramp in the corner of Centennial Bank Stadium.

While Coach Butch Jones has not named a starting quarterback for ASU's Saturday showdown with Memphis, it could be Layne Hatcher partly because of his connection with Rucker. "As much as Layne and I have worked together in the offseason, he trusts me," Rucker said Tuesday during the Red Wolves' weekly media availability. "[Layne] knows we've got a lot of rhythm and timing, and he knows that if he throws me the ball, I can catch it." Rucker, who was named Sun Belt Conference offensive player of the week Monday, now has eight career touchdown receptions -- the last six of which have come from Hatcher during ASU's two most recent games. - Northwest Arkansas Times


(DS#44 WR) rFr/2025 WR Corey RuckerArkansas State
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  09/06/21 - Corey RuckerrFr/2025, Arkansas State, 6-0, 203 (DS#44 WR) + More +

  SEPT 6 SUN BELT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Corey Rucker, Arkansas State, (Fr., WR - Bentonia, Miss.),...Red Wolves freshman wide receiver Corey Rucker hauled in nine receptions for 138 yards and three touchdowns in Arkansas State's 40-21 victory over Central Arkansas. Each of the Bentonia, Miss., product's three touchdowns came in the second half, helping the Red Wolves overcome a 7-6 halftime deficit in their season-opener at Centennial Bank Stadium. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#44 WR) rFr/2025 WR Corey RuckerArkansas State
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  09/05/21 - Layne HatcherrSo/2024, Arkansas State, 5-11, 211 (DS#28 QB) + More +

  Backup quarterback Layne Hatcher threw four second-half touchdowns - three of them to Corey Rucker - turning a one-point halftime deficit into a rout as Arkansas State dominated the second half to beat FCS-member Central Arkansas 40-21 in a season opener on Saturday. Central Arkansas used a stout defense and Breylin Smith's 66-yard scoring strike to Chris Richmond to lead 7-6 at halftime. The Red Wolves' scoring came on two Blake Grupe field goals. Arkansas State starting QB James Blackman directed a nine-play 51-yard drive for the go-ahead score with 8:21 left in the third quarter after Johnnie Lang returned a punt 29 yards to near midfield. Alan Lamar ended the drive with a 2-yard TD run for a 13-7 lead.

Hatcher took over from there, completing all 12 of his pass attempts for 150 yards. He found Rucker for the first time for a 34-yard score at the 2:53 mark of the third quarter. The duo connected twice in the fourth quarter from eight and 33 yards out to push the Arkansas State lead to 33-14. Hatcher capped the scoring with a 5-yard TD toss to Te'Vaila Hunt with 2:48 left to play. Rucker finished with nine catches for 138 yards. Blackman completed 16 of 26 passes for 169 yards. Smith completed 23 of 42 passes for 296 yards with three TDs and two interceptions for the Bears. Luj Winningham had six catchers for 84 yards and two scores, while Tyler Hudson hauled in seven passes for 118 yards. Chris Richmond also had a TD catch. - Arkansas State/AP College Football


(DS#28 QB) rSo/2024 QB Layne HatcherArkansas State
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  08/13/21 - Dahu GreenrSr/2022, Arkansas State, 6-4, 201 (DS#149 WR) + More +

  If quarterback was the most discussed position with last year's Red Wolves, then wide receiver was second-most, mainly because of the human highlight reel that was Adams. The Jonesboro native had twice as many yards as the next-closest ASU wideout and his 12 touchdowns were also a team best. There's no one player that's going to replace Adams, but it looks like the Red Wolves have a deep group that could cause problems for opposing secondaries. It'll start with Dahu Green, who is entering his fifth season at ASU and his sixth year of college football. Ever since transferring in from Oklahoma, Green has played only 12 games -- none in 2017, one in 2018 and 11 the last two seasons combined. Yet when he's been healthy, he makes for an easy target at 6-4 and can be a downfield threat, especially for a prolific deep passer like Hatcher. - Northwest Arkansas Times

(DS#149 WR) rSr/2022 WR Dahu GreenArkansas State
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  08/07/21 - Layne HatcherrSo/2024, Arkansas State, 5-11, 211 (DS#28 QB) + More +

  Arkansas State's Layne Hatcher is getting some more national attention. The Little Rock native is one of 32 quarterbacks on the 2021 Manning Award watch list. Hatcher is one of 4 Sun Belt standouts the Allstate Sugar Bowl selected on Thursday. Hatcher landed on the watch list for the CFPA National Performer of the Year on Wednesday. The College Football Performance Awards hand out this trophy annually to the best player in FBS. Hatcher threw for 2,058 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2020. The pride of Pulaski Academy is already top 10 in A-State history in career passing yards (7th), passing touchdowns (T-5th), and total offense (9th). - KAIT8.com

(DS#28 QB) rSo/2024 QB Layne HatcherArkansas State
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  07/30/21 - Ryan HansonrFr/2025, Arkansas State, 6-2, 218 (DS#16 P) + More +

  Another Red Wolf is in the spotlight during Watch List Season. Arkansas State redshirt freshman Ryan Hanson is on the Ray Guy Award watch list. This accolade goes to the top punter in college football. Hanson averaged 40 yards per punt in the 2020 season. The Texas native had 4 punts of over 50 yards, including a 69 yard punt against UCA. - KAIT8.com

(DS#16 P) rFr/2025 P Ryan HansonArkansas State
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  07/25/21 - Marcel MurrayrJr/2023, Arkansas State, 5-10, 204 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Arkansas State junior running back Marcel Murray was named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List on Wednesday. The prestigious honor is annually awarded to the nation's top college running back. Murray is one of 82 players from across the nation to receive a spot on the watch list for the award and earned a spot for the third consecutive season. He is one of five A-State backs to earn the recognition in at least two different seasons and just the third to do so in three different years, joining standouts Warren Wand (2016-18) and Reggie Arnold (2007-09) as the only three to do so.

The Red Wolves have now had a player tabbed to the Doak Walker Award Watch List nine consecutive seasons dating back to 2013. Murray was named Third Team All-Sun Belt in 2018, the same season he was awarded as the league's Freshman of the Year after rushing for 860 yards and eight scores. In his three seasons as a Red Wolf, the Hiram, Georgia, native has rushed for 1,846 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was also an Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt Conference pick in 2019. - KAIT8.Com


(DS#999 RB) rJr/2023 RB Marcel MurrayArkansas State
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  07/22/21 - Layne HatcherrSo/2024, Arkansas State, 5-11, 211 (DS#28 QB) + More +

  Arkansas State quarterback Layne Hatcher, a 2020 All-Sun Belt Conference selection ranked among the top seven players in school history for both career passing touchdowns and yards, was named Monday to the 2021 Maxwell Award Watch List. The Maxwell Award, sponsored by Mammoth Tech and The Athletes' Corner, is presented annually to the outstanding player in college football. Hatcher is one of 80 players from across the nation to earn a spot on the watch list for the prestigious award. Hatcher becomes the fourth player in Arkansas State history to be named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, joining wide receiver Kirk Merritt (2019) and quarterbacks Justice Hansen (2018) and Fredi Knighten (2015). The Little Rock, Ark., native enters the 2021 season with 5,065 career yards of total offense for the ninth most in school history, while his 46 passing touchdowns and 5,004 passing yards recorded over his first two seasons with the Red Wolves stand as the fifth (tied) and seventh most, respectively. - KAIT8.com

(DS#28 QB) rSo/2024 QB Layne HatcherArkansas State
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  04/23/21 - John MinceyrJr/2023, Arkansas State, 6-2, 290 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Former Tennessee defensive lineman John Mincey announced he is transferring to Arkansas State and will play for former Vols coach Butch Jones. The 6-foot-3, 276-pound Mincey entered the transfer portal on March 5. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. Mincey appeared in 24 games in three years with the Vols, never quite cracking the starting lineup. He played in all 10 games in 2020, amassing eight tackles, a half-tackle for loss and one quarterback hurry. He had five tackles in both 2018 and 2019. Mincey, a three-star prospect from Clinch County High in Homerville, Georgia, signed in 2018, as part of former coach Jeremy Pruitt's first signing class. The Vols were able to flip Mincey from Arkansas on National Signing Day. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#999 DT) rJr/2023 DT John MinceyArkansas State
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  Former Tennessee football player Kivon Bennett, who had faced two felony charges following his December arrest, pleaded guilty Friday in Knox County general sessions court to a pair of misdemeanor charges. Bennett, 22, received judicial diversion and unsupervised probation. If Bennett fulfills the terms of his judicial diversion agreement during a period of 11 months and 29 days, the guilty plea will be expunged from his record. His felony charges were reduced or dismissed. Bennett pleaded guilty to simple possession, a Class A misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of a firearm, a Class C misdemeanor. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#41 OLB) rJr/2023 OLB Kivon BennettArkansas State
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  03/07/21 - John MinceyrJr/2023, Arkansas State, 6-2, 290 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Tennessee football's front seven is getting thinner in depth. John Mincey, a junior defensive lineman for the Vols, announced on Friday his intentions to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal. He is the 24th Tennessee player to either transfer out, or enter the portal, since the end of the 2020 season. The 6-foot-3, 276-pound Mincey also played some outside linebacker at Tennessee. His departure takes on adding meaning with loss of fellow pass rushers Deandre Johnson, who transferred to Miami, and Kivon Bennett, who was dismissed after getting arrested. Mincey appeared in 24 games in three years with the Vols, never quite cracking the starting lineup. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#999 DT) rJr/2023 DT John MinceyArkansas State
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