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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Arkansas State Red Wolves 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Arkansas State Red Wolves.

Kicker: Brian Davis, senior (Brentwood, TN / Brentwood HS)
Davis was a second team All-Sun Belt choice, a Lou Groza Award semifinalist and became the first player in ASU history to record over 100 points by kicking (104) in a season last year.  He finished the year with 17 field goals made that tied the third most ever by an A-State player, and HC Bryan Harsin said his role could expand this year. “Brian had an outstanding season last year, and he has carried that over into our spring camp,” Harsin said.  “He’s done some punting for us too, and he’s a well-rounded football player capable of doing that as well.  I like his mentality.  He has the right demeanor out there in practice, so I’m pleased with how he’s performing.”
Kicker: Luke Ferguson, sophomore (Jonesboro, AR / Jonesboro HS)
Arkansas State used both Ferguson and Davis on kickoffs last season. Ferguson had 11 touchbacks on 46 attempts, and Davis had 7 on 30 attempts.
For the Red Wolves, it’s totally up in the air who will punt this season. Kickers Davis and Ferguson are in the mix. In the spring game, each guy punted once. Ferguson for 50 yards and killed inside the 20, Davis for 39, and redshirt freshman Max Coffin for 36.
Punter: Max Coffin, freshman (Fayetteville, AR / Fayetteville HS)
"I have been working out 3-4 times a week and trying to kick at least 2 times a week right now and will increase as the summer progresses. Another thing I have started is a stretching routine that I try and do 2-3 times a day.
Some goals: I have to add more hang time on my punting. And focus on driving up through the ball. I need to add a couple yards distance wise on my kick offs. Better consistency on my field goals. Getting more flexible is also one my strong focus points for the summer and continuing it in to the fall."
Punter: Hunter Holmes, freshman (Highland Park, TX / Highland Park HS)
"This offseason I've worked with Coach Kornblue to help me become a more consistent punter. Ive also been working out at Athletes Performance trying to put on some weight. My goals for the season are the same as team's, which is to try to get another conference championship. Being a true freshman I'm just looking for anyway I can help the team."
Long snapper: Cade Oliver, senior (Mansfield, TX / Kilgore TX Junior College)
Oliver took over as the starting long snapper last year after being redshirted following his time at Kilgore Junior College.
Long snapper: Ryan Eustace, freshman (Powder Springs, GA / Harrison HS)
"This offseason I have been working on getting bigger and snapping the ball faster. I workout once in the morning and snap in the evening. Every other day I run two miles to keep my conditioning up. My goals for this summer are to become the best that I can be in order to help my team win conference for the third year in a row and win a bowl game. It's a new year, and we are continuing to build, brick by brick."
Long snapper: J.T. Finley, freshman (Fayetteville, AR / Fayetteville HS)
"I've been working out with the team and snapping with the other guys. Working on drills and things to get my snap times down a little bit. My goals for the next season are to see my team win another conference championship and another bowl game. We have all the talent and coaching we need to get there, I can't wait to see this team do it again."

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