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Day 11: Arkansas State Red Wolves



Location: Jonesboro, Arkansas

Introduction: Started play in 1911, from 1937 to 1953 they played in the National Junior College Athletic Association, in 1953 they joined the NCAA, playing in division II. they made the step up to Division I in 1974, they moved down to the FCS in 1982, before moving back up to FBS in 1990, where they've played as an independent and a member of the Big West. They finally joined their current conference in 2001.

Biggest achievement: Completing a perfect season (11-0) as members of the Southland Conference in 1975.

5 Sun Belt conference championships (2 shared) in 6 seasons since 2011, with a 35-4 combined conference record (10-16 OOC), under coaches Hugh Freeze (currently Ole Miss HC), Gus Malzahn (current Auburn HC), Bryan Harsin (current Boise State HC) and current Arkansas State HC Blake Anderson. They would go 3-2 in bowl games during the period.

Biggest failure: The 15 years following the step up from FCS to FBS (1990-2004), during which time they went 54-121-2 with 1 winning season.

Name: Were known as the Arkansas State Indians until the 2008 season.

Head coach: For a few years Arkansas State was seen as a proving ground for HCs wanting to make the big time, with Freeze, Malzahn and Harsin all spending one year at the school. The current HC Blake Anderson has been there 3 years, winning 2 Sun Belt championships (one shared), compiling a 24-15 record. Anderson played as a QB and WR at both Baylor and Sam Houston State. He would get his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Eastern New Mexico.

Notable current players: Ja’Von Rolland-Jones, DL, 2016 All Sun Belt and player of the year.

Notable former players: Ryan Carrethers, 2013 All Sun Belt, last player drafted from Arkansas State (5th round, 2014).

Bill Bergey, 1969 2nd round draft pick, 2 time All Pro, only All Pro in Arkansas State history.

Stadium: Centennial Bank Stadium, 30,400 capacity, opened 1974, last expanded 2015.

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