JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - New Red Wolves head coach Bryan Harsin began his on the field coaching days on Monday as spring practice officially began for the Arkansas State football team.
Among the many interesting questions surrounding the spring practices are the battle for the open quarterback position. "Right now we are looking at everyone, everyone is taking reps with the ones, everyone is taking reps with the twos and so on," said Harsin after practice. He said he will start to narrow the field of candidates and the reps they get after a few weeks of practice.
The open period for the media didn't do much to answer the question about the tempo of the offense Harsin will run. It is pretty much understood he will run similar offenses to that at Texas and Boise State, where he was offensive coordinator previously, but as to the tempo and how it vary now that he is calling plays is still unknown. "Coach Harsin told us to stay away from talking about anything offense or play related," said senior running back David Oku, "I don't want to get in the doghouse right from the start," joked Oku.
The one surprise of the day involved a running back, but not with Oku. Redshirt junior Frankie Jackson has been a running back his entire career with Arkansas State, but was seen today working out with the defense. "We talked to Frankie and asked him about playing defense," said Harsin, "He'll be playing that wolf position, nickel position we talked about is one we needed to fill," added Harsin. The wolf linebacker position sort of a cross between a linebacker and a safety. It has been vacated by the graduation of Don Jones. "You look at the offense and say who best fits the criteria for that position and that's Frankie."
The Red Wolves will return to practice on Wednesday at 3:45. The practice is closed to the public and the media.