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October 30, 2013
Game Notes: A-State vs. South Alabama
Arkansas State (3-4, 1-1) will travel to Mobile, AL. to take on South Alabama (3-4, 1-2) this Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m., and the game can be watched on ESPN 3.
ON TAP: Arkansas State begins a two-game road swing Saturday when it travels to Mobile to play South Alabama in the second of six consecutive Sun Belt Conference outings to close out the regular season. The game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff and will be televised by ESPN3.com. Every A-State game can be heard live on 107.9 FM in the Jonesboro area as part of the EAB Red Wolves Sports Radio Network, and the live radio broadcast can be accessed through the A-State athletics Web site (AStateRedWolves.com).
THE PRINCIPALS: The Red Wolves and Jaguars are both looking to get back to a .500 record after coming off Sun Belt Conference setbacks last week. A-State dropped a 23-7 home decision to preseason Sun Belt Conference co-favorite Louisiana-Lafayette, while South Alabama lost 33-31 at Texas State as both teams saw their records fall to 3-4 on the year. The Red Wolves are currently in fifth place in the Sun Belt standings with a 1-1 record, and the Jaguars stand sixth with a 1-2 mark.
QUICK GLANCE: Statistically, Arkansas State and South Alabama match up very evenly with no more than a 28-yard average separating them in total offense and total defense. The Jaguars are averaging almost four more points per game, but the Red Wolves have a lower scoring defense at 28.9 to 29.1.
THE ARKANSAS STATE - SOUTH ALABAMA SERIES: Arkansas State and South Alabama are meeting for the first time in Mobile and just the second time ever. The Red Wolves hold a 1-0 record against the Jaguars after pulling out a 36-29 victory last season at Liberty Bank Stadium.
ALABAMA RED WOLVES: Arkansas State has 16 players on its roster from the state of Alabama, the most among any state outside of Arkansas. The next closest is Texas with 13 players from the Lone Star state. Players on A-State's roster from the state of Alabama includes Irving Adams (Florence), LaAngelo Albright (Prattville), Dexter Blackmon (Selma), Amos Draper (Tanner), Jamaris Hart (Florence), Rocky Hayes (Heflin), Chris Humes (Hoover), Carl Lee Jr. (Mobile), Qushaun Lee (Prattville), Carlos McCants (Mobile), J.D. McKissic (Phenix City), Dijon Paschal (Tallassee), Steven Stevens (Bay Minette), Chris Stone (Daleville), Xavier Woodson (Eufaula) and Sterling Young (Hoover).
FAMILIAR TURF: While Arkansas State has never played South Alabama in Mobile, it will be on familiar turf when it faces the Jaguars. The Red Wolves have played in each of the last two GoDaddy Bowl games at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, South Alabama's home stadium. A-State claimed a 17-13 win over then-ranked No. 25 Kent State in last year's bowl game, one year after suffering a 38-20 setback to Northern Illinois.
A-STATE vs. THE SUN BELT: Although A-State had an eight-game Sun Belt Conference winning streak snapped last time out, it has won 16 of its last 18 league games to run its all-time record in the conference to 50-38. The Red Wolves hold their most all-time victories against Louisiana-Monroe with 21. With the exception of Texas State and Georgia State, which are in their first season as a member of the league, the Red Wolves have defeated every team in the SBC since the football league was formed in 2001. Along with Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana-Lafayette, A-State is one of three teams that have been a part of the conference since 2001.
RED WOLVES NOVEMBER: Arkansas State is undefeated in November since the 2011 season with a 6-0 record over that span. All six victories were against Sun Belt Conference opponents, including four that came by a double-figure margin.
AN A-STATE VICTORY WOULD: Extend its road winning streak against Sun Belt Conference opponents to nine games . . . Give it a .500 record for the fourth time this year . . . Make it 2-1 in Sun Belt Conference play for the second straight year . . . Improve its road record against Sun Belt Conference opponents to 9-0 since 2011 . . . Improve its all-time record against the Jaguars to 2-0.
SUN BELT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Senior defensive lineman Ryan Carrethers was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week following the Red Wolves game against Louisiana-Lafayette, giving A-State three different players to earn a weekly honor from the league. Senior quarterback Adam Kennedy and sophomore wide receiver J.D. McKissic were named the conference's Offensive and Special Teams players of the week following A-State's victory over Idaho.
MIDSEASON ALL-CONFERENCE: Arkansas State placed 10 players, including five first-team selections, on the Phil Steele's Midseason All-Sun Belt Conference Team. The Red Wolves 10 selections tied Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe for the most in the conference, and their five first-team picks matched the most along with the Ragin' Cajuns. The A-State offense and defense were both represented by four players, and two Red Wolves made the list as special teams choices. Arkansas State's first-team selections included sophomore center Bryce Giddens (Moultrie, Ga.), senior guard Steven Haunga (Richmond, Calif.), senior defensive lineman Ryan Carrethers (Nashville, Tenn.), sophomore cornerback Rocky Hayes (Heflin, Ala.) and senior kicker Brian Davis (Brentwood, Tenn.). The Red Wolves' second-team selections included senior running back David Oku (Midwest City, Okla.), senior wide receiver Julian Jones (Germantown, Tenn.), junior linebacker Qushaun Lee (Prattville, Ala.) and senior safety Sterling Young (Hoover, Ala.). Sophomore wide receiver J.D. McKissic (Phenix City, Ala.) was also a second-team choice as a kick returner.
STOP THE BLEEDING: Coming off a 23-7 setback to UL Lafayette, Arkansas State has dropped back-to-back games only once over the last three seasons (2011-13). The Red Wolves suffered back-to-back losses earlier this year, but previously had not dropped back-to-back games in the same season since falling in the last two games of the 2010 campaign.
ROAD WARRIORS: Arkansas State has won eight consecutive road conference games, its longest streak ever as a member of any league. The Red Wolves went 4-0 in conference road games in both 2011 and 2012. Its previous longest road conference winning streak was seven against Southland foes from 1973-75.
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