Red Wolves approach season with wary caution

The theme of Red Wolves Media Day: "We're very athletic, but inexperienced." Like a wolf approaching a bear, Arkansas State coaches exercised caution when discussing the 2017 season. While coaches acknowledged that the roster was loaded with athletes, there seemed to be a concerted effort to temper expectations. The media was reminded that departed talent … Continue reading Red Wolves approach season with wary caution

New England Patriots select Troy’s Antonio Garcia with the 85th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft

Neal Brown's mantra for Troy in 2016 was "Rebuild the Wall." Turns out, that wall had a name: Antonio Garcia. A 6'6" 302 lb. behemoth, Garcia was the cornerstone in an offensive line that held defenses to only 8 quarterback sacks all season, good for best in the FBS. Secure behind Garcia's stingy protection, QB … Continue reading New England Patriots select Troy’s Antonio Garcia with the 85th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft

NFL Draft Preview: #SunBeltHeat Edition

In recent years, the friendship between the Sun Belt and the NFL Draft has suffered. Between 2011 and 2013, the Sun Belt drafted 15 players into the NFL. The following three years, that number shrunk to 10, with only three selected for the second straight year. Dear lord, the Mid-American graduated twice as many! But … Continue reading NFL Draft Preview: #SunBeltHeat Edition

NFL Draft Profile: Matt Breida, Georgia Southern

Program: Georgia Southern Eagles Position: Running back Height/Weight: 5’9″/ 195 Accolades: 2015 All-Sun Belt 1st Team Offense 2014 All-Sun Belt 1st Team Offense Sun Belt 2014 Offensive Player of the Year (CollegeSportsMadness.com) 2014 Doak Award Semi-Finalist, 3,740 yards rushing (3 seasons) Buzz has followed Matt Breida throughout his stellar Sun Belt career, where he electrified the gridiron for two … Continue reading NFL Draft Profile: Matt Breida, Georgia Southern

NFL Draft Profile: Money Hunter, Arkansas State

Program: Arkansas State Red Wolves Position: Strong Safety  Height/Weight: 6’1″/210 Accolades: 2016 All-Sun Belt First Team Defense, 220 career total tackles, 6 career INTs, Sun Belt all-time leader for interceptions returned for a TD (4) His parents (one of which is retired MLB superstar Tori Hunter) named him Monshadrik, but he goes by "Money." And for four seasons with the … Continue reading NFL Draft Profile: Money Hunter, Arkansas State

NFL Draft Profile: Marcus Cox, Appalachian State

Program: Appalachian State Mountaineers Position: Running back  Height/Weight: 5’10″/205 Accolades: 2016 All-Sun Belt 2nd Team Offense, 2015 All-Sun Belt 2nd Team Offense, 2014 All-Sun Belt 2nd Team Offense, 4X 1,000 yard rusher, Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, Mountaineers' All Time Leading Rusher When coaching staffs prepare for the Mountaineers, the first order of business is to do something about the … Continue reading NFL Draft Profile: Marcus Cox, Appalachian State

NFL Draft Profile: Chris Odom, Arkansas State

College: Arkansas State Position: Defensive End Accolades: 2016 Sun Belt 1st Team, The Little Rock Touchdown Club's 2016 Dan Hampton Award Winner Chris Odom wasn't a season-long starter until his senior year. In his three previous season, Odom recorded three sacks in mostly a reserve roll, playing behind Chris Stone and savant sack maestro Ja'Von Rolland-Jones. But 2016 belonged exclusively to … Continue reading NFL Draft Profile: Chris Odom, Arkansas State

Forgotten5 raps with new Arkansas State hoops head coach Mike Balado

"Hey, you want to talk to Mike Balado?" Well, yeah. That wasn't an invitation to snub. Excitement for Arkansas State hoops is bubbling on "high" and the Red Wolves new hire is especially enticing. We got the Louisville guy! Balado, the former Cardinals assistant and enthusiastic Rick Pitino acolyte seems just as stoked. He was already working the fans. … Continue reading Forgotten5 raps with new Arkansas State hoops head coach Mike Balado

Put on your boogy shoes, Trojans of Troy. You’re Big Dancing!

Neither the Bobcats nor the Trojans (of Troy) was supposed to be playing for a Sun Belt tournament title. Troy was predicted to finish 9th in the conference. The Bobcats, dead last. But the Bobcats were secretly maestros of defense, limiting opponents to 63.5 points per game, the 23rd stingiest in the nation. Troy's offense … Continue reading Put on your boogy shoes, Trojans of Troy. You’re Big Dancing!