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  04/23/21 - John MinceyJr/2022, Arkansas State, 6-2, 276 (DS#999 DE) + 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 DE) Jr/2022 DE John MinceyArkansas State
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  03/07/21 - John MinceyJr/2022, Arkansas State, 6-2, 276 (DS#999 DE) + 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 DE) Jr/2022 DE John MinceyArkansas State
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  Former Boise State wide receiver Khyheem Waleed announced Wednesday on Twitter that he's transferring to Arkansas State. The Queen Creek, Arizona, native announced Dec. 22 that he was transferring. He appeared in three games in 2019, preserving his redshirt year, and in five this fall, recording one tackle on special teams. Waleed (6-foot, 199 pounds) joined the 2019 class as a three-star prospect from Casteel High in Arizona. 247Sports rated him as the No. 10 overall prospect in the state, and he was rated in the top 100 nationally at his position by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals. - Idaho Statesman

(DS#999 WR) rFr/2024 WR Khyheem WaleedArkansas State
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  Boise State wide receiver Khyheem Waleed confirmed Tuesday morning that he is transferring. Waleed (6-foot, 199 pounds) joined the 2019 class as a three-star prospect from Casteel High in Arizona. 247Sports rated him as the No. 10 overall prospect in the state, and he was rated in the top 100 nationally at his position by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals. He appeared in three games last season, preserving his redshirt year, and in five this fall, recording one tackle on special teams. - Idaho Statesman

(DS#999 WR) rFr/2024 WR Khyheem WaleedArkansas State
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  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: Jonathan Adams, Arkansas State, WR,...A 2020 Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, Adams ranks third in the nation in total receptions (79) and touchdown catches (12) and fifth in receiving yards (1,111). Both his 7.9 receptions per game and 111.1 receiving yards average rank ninth in the country. Adams' 1,111 receiving yards are the third most ever by an A-State player, while his 79 catches rank fifth in the school record books. - Arkansas State Football

(DS#33 WR) Sr/2021 WR Jonathan Adams Jr.Arkansas State
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  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION: Layne Hatcher, QB,...The 2019 Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year, Hatcher was a member of the 2020 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Performer of the Year Watch List. A two-time Manning Award "Star of the Week" and CFPA Honorable Mention National Performer of the Week, Hatcher leads the nation in passing yards per completion (17.7 avg.) while ranking ninth in passing efficiency (179.2), 17th in passing touchdowns (19), 30th in passing yards (2,058) and 38th in points responsible for (116). - Arkansas State Football

(DS#29 QB) rSo/2023 QB Layne HatcherArkansas State
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  12/22/20 - TW AyersrSo/2023, Arkansas State, 6-2, 250 (DS#41 DE) + More +

  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION: TW Ayers, DE/TE,...Making his first appearance on an All-Sun Belt Team, Ayers was a Burlsworth Trophy nominee this season. A true all-purpose players seeing action in all three phases of the game, Ayers earned at least one starting nod on both sides of the ball, including the last four games of the season at defensive end. He is one of just three players in the nation this season to record at least one receiving touchdown and one sack. - Arkansas State Football

(DS#41 DE) rSo/2023 DE TW AyersArkansas State
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  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM: Forrest Merrill, Arkansas State, DL,...Also a 2018 Second Team All-Sun Belt pick, Merrill received a Hula Bowl invitation and was a William V. Campbell Trophy Semifinalist. He started every game this season, posting 42 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. - Arkansas State Football

(DS#30 DT) rSr/2021 DT Forrest MerrillArkansas State
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  2020 SUN BELT FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jonathan Adams, Arkansas State,...The Red Wolves' Adams Jr. has made his name known in the nation's statistical rankings among wide receivers this season. The senior ranks third in receiving touchdowns (12), fifth in receiving yards (1,111), ninth in receptions per game (7.9), and tenth in receiving yards per game (111.1). The Jonesboro, Arkansas native currently ranks second All-Time at Arkansas State for receiving touchdowns (21), third for receptions (166), and fifth for receiving yards (2,306). His 21 career touchdown grabs are also tied for the fifth-most in Sun Belt Conference history. Plus, Adams is one of 11 semifinalists for this season's Biletnikoff Award. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#33 WR) Sr/2021 WR Jonathan Adams Jr.Arkansas State
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  Arkansas State defensive lineman Forrest Merrill has accepted an invitation to the 2021 Hula Bowl, the postseason all-star game announced Friday. The redshirt senior finished as ASU's fourth-leading tackler this season with 42, and added two sacks, a forced fumble and a pair of fumble recoveries. The Hula Bowl, set to be played Jan. 31, at Honolulu's Aloha Stadium, will give Merrill, who projects as an undrafted free agent, the opportunity to showcase his skills in front of NFL scouts and other pro football personnel. A total of 36 participants from last year's Hula Bowl went on to be selected in the NFL Draft or signed free-agent contracts. - Arkansas Online

(DS#30 DT) rSr/2021 DT Forrest MerrillArkansas State
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  Arkansas State redshirt senior tight Javonis Isaac has entered the transfer portal and will pursue one more collegiate season as a graduate transfer, Rivals.com's Mike Farrell reported Friday. Isaac appeared in seven games without making a reception in 2020. His finest season with the Red Wolves came in 2018, when he caught 12 passes for 210 yards and 4 touchdowns, earning All-Sun Belt Conference second-team honors as a redshirt sophomore. - Arkansas Online

(DS#999 FB) rSr/2022 FB Javonis IsaacArkansas State
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  2020 BILETNIKOFF AWARD SEMIFINALIST: Jonathan Adams Jr., Arkansas State,...Adams currently ranks third in the nation in total receptions (79), receiving yards (1,111) and receiving touchdowns (12). His 7.9 catches and 111.1 receiving yards per game also rank ninth and 10th in the country, respectively. A two-time Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week this season, Adams has posted five 100-yard receiving games that are tied for the second most in school history for a single season and are tied for fifth most in the nation in 2020. Adams has caught at least one touchdown in six games this year and his 12 total stands tied for the second most in both Arkansas State and Sun Belt Conference history. His 1,111 receiving yards this season are the third most ever by an A-State player, while his 79 catches rank fifth in the school record books. - Arkansas State Football

(DS#33 WR) Sr/2021 WR Jonathan Adams Jr.Arkansas State
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  12/07/20 - Corey RuckerFr/2024, Arkansas State, 6-1, 190 (DS#60 WR) + More +

  DEC 7 SUN BELT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Corey Rucker, Arkansas State,(#7, Fr, WR - Yazoo City, Miss.),...Wide receiver Corey Rucker broke the NCAA FBS record for single-game receiving yards by a freshman during Arkansas States 48-15 victory over ULM, recording a career-high nine receptions for a school-record 310 yards and four touchdowns. The Red Wolves piles up 511 passing yards which is the third highest mark in program history. Ruckers 310 yards were also the second most in Sun Belt Conference history and the most by an FBS player since 2016. The true freshmans four touchdown catches tied the school record and tied the second most ever by a Sun Belt Conference player. Each of Ruckers four scoring receptions covered at least 30 yards and two went for at least 55. The Yazoo City, Miss. native also had a career-long reception of 69 yards, and averaged 34.4 yards per catch for the fifth-best average in Sun Belt history. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#60 WR) Fr/2024 WR Corey RuckerArkansas State
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  12/05/20 - Corey RuckerFr/2024, Arkansas State, 6-1, 190 (DS#60 WR) + More +

  Corey Rucker set the NCAA FBS record for a freshman with 310 yards receiving and caught four touchdown passes to help Arkansas State beat UL Monroe 48-15 on Saturday. Rucker, who caught nine passes, surpassed C.J. Johnson (283 yards, East Carolina vs. Cincinnati, 2019) for the FBS freshman record and Lennie Johnson (284 yards, Arkansas State vs. Missouri State, 1997) for the program record. His four TD receptions tied a program record with Omar Bayless (2019) and Alfred Bentley (1959).

Rucker's longest TD catch was a 66-yard reception to make it 35-7 in the first minute of the third quarter. Rucker had catches of 69 and 55 yards in the first quarter and a 31-yard TD catch in the fourth. The Red Wolves (4-7, 2-6 Sun Belt Conference) had 511 yards passing. Layne Hatcher threw for 326 yards and a career-high five touchdowns, and Logan Bonner added 185 yards passing. Jeff Foreman caught four passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Jeremy Hunt was 20 of 34 for 203 yards and a touchdown for the Warhawks (0-10, 0-7). - Arkansas State/AP College Football


(DS#60 WR) Fr/2024 WR Corey RuckerArkansas State
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  Don't blame the offense for Arkansas State's regression. The Red Wolves boast the Sun Belt's most productive unit (479.8 yards per game), top pass offense (349.7 yards per game) and arguably most explosive player in Jonathan Adams Jr. The senior wide receiver leads the conference in receptions (79), receiving yards (1,111) and touchdown catches (12). The Cajuns didn't test ULM in the air very much, nor did they need to after chewing up 344 yards rushing. - The News-Star

(DS#33 WR) Sr/2021 WR Jonathan Adams Jr.Arkansas State
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