Breaking Down the 2012 Football Schedule (Arkansas State)

In 2011 Arkansas State finished the season 10-3, and the best record in school history in Hugh Freeze’s first year at head coach. Freeze has left the Red Wolves and taken the head coaching job at Ole Miss. Making to make a splash in the college football world, Arkansas State hired former Auburn offensive coordinator, Gus Malzahn.

Malzahn was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Tigers from 2009-2010. Malzahn is not coming to Jonesboro alone. He is bringing dismissed running back Michale Dyer with him. The former 5 star prospect was released from his scholarship for breaking undisclosed team rules.

As a true freshman in 2010 Dyer rushed for 1,093 yards on 182 carries and five touchdowns, breaking the Auburn record for most rushing yards by a freshman, previously held by College Football Hall of Fame member, Vincent “Bo” Jackson. During the 20111 National Championship Game he rushed for 143 yards on 22 carries, and was named the Offensive Player of the Game.

Dyer finished his sophomore year, with 1,242 yards rushing on 242 attempts. He rushed for 10 touchdowns and averaged 103.5 yards-per-game. He was named to the Associated Press’ All-SEC first team, and the Coaches’ All-SEC first team. Dyer now ranks 10th on Auburn’s all-time rushing list with 2,335 yards.

Malzahn is an Arkansas native, and has brought the “big time mentality” with him to Arkansas state. He landed a class of 29 recruits in the 2012 class, and has already began preperations of putting in his high powered, fast pace offense.

Dyer will be the biggest problem for the Husekrs. At this point, he is the only real offensive threat that Arkansas State has. Nebraska’s offense will be to much for a young Red Wolve’s defense, and it should be a pretty conventional day for the Huskers.

Prediction

Nebraska: 49

Arkansas State: 13

By Jimmie Allen

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