Despite getting blown out 57-34 by Oregon in the first game, Arkansas State has looked impressive on offense all season. Not shocking considering Redwolves head coach Gus Malzahn reputation as an offensive guru. In week 2 Arkansas State, and Malzahn got their first win of the season. Beating 33-28 at home. Here are 5 players who helped ASU pull off that win, and could have a big game against Nebraska.
David Oku, Running Back #25
Many Husker fans will remember the name David Oku. The talented junior from Oklahoma was heavily recruited by Nebraska, and Oku even finished his senior season of high school at, Lincoln East High School. Most people expected him to pick the Huskers after moving to Lincoln, but Oku chose Tennessee. He then left the Volunteer team after they hired, current head coach Derek Dooley. Oku rushed 25 times for 130 yards, and 1 touchdown against Memphis.
Ryan Aplin, Quarterback #16
Aplin threw the ball 44 times, for 304 yards against Oregon. He rushed the ball 13 times for 50 yards, and a touchdown against the No. 5 team in the country. With Aplin, and Oku in the backfield, Nebraska’s defense will get more practice against another dual-threat quarterback. Aplin also rushed 6 times, for 73 yards against Memphis.
Josh Jarboe, Wide Receiver, #3
Jarboe has been the leading receiver for the Redwolves through 2 games. He hauled in 6 passes for 101 yards, and 1 touchdown against Memphis. At 6-foot-3, 220 lbs., Jarboe is going to be a difficult receiver to cover on Saturday.
J.D. McKissic, Wide Receiver #23
With a 6-foot-3, 220 lb. receiver lined up on the opposite side of the field McKissic has flourished. The redshirt freshman is 5-foot-10, 185 lbs., and still has a lot to add to his frame through his career., but he is a flashy receiver who can make missed tackles turn into touchdowns.
Nathan Herrold, Linebacker #40
Herrold, recorded 9 tackles, 1 for loss, and forced a fumble against Memphis. The Redwolves have not been the most stout defense this season. They gave up 50 points in the first half to Oregon. If there is one player to watch it’s number 40. He can be a playmaker.
By Jimmie Allen
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