ASU Football kicks off 2014 Team Challenge

JONESBORO, Ark. ( - Junior cornerback Rocky Hayes was the No. 1 overall draft selection for the 2014 "Arkansas State Team Challenge," a season-long program being introduced to the Red Wolves by new head football coach Blake Anderson as a unique and competitive way to build team chemistry while both creating and finding leaders.

The Team Challenge, which will feature eight squads each led by a designated captain appointed by the coaching staff, began Tuesday with an official draft of both current players and the incoming signing class.  It continued yesterday with the first official competition and will continue through A-State's offseason before concluding at the end of the 2014 season.

Points will be earned and deducted throughout the challenge, taking into account all aspects of a student-athletes day-to-day responsibilities involving academics, athletics, student life and community service.  Competitions will also be incorporated into the points scale and could include contests such as dodgeball, basketball and wiffle ball.

The points will be awarded weekly, and the winning team will take part in a cook-out at the end of the season where it will be served its meal by the team that finishes last in the standings.

"I'm excited about the way our players have embraced the challenge, and you can see the way its brought out their competitive spirit," said Anderson.  "This will be a fun and productive way for our team to grow together in all areas.  As much as anything, I think it helps teach our guys to be accountable for one another on and off the field, and that's something that will serve them well both during their time here and also after their playing career is over."

The team captains include junior safety Chris Humes, junior receiver J.D. McKissic, senior cornerback Artez Brown, senior offensive lineman Tyler Greve, senior safety Sterling Young, junior quarterback Fredi Knighten, senior linebacker Qushaun Lee and senior tight end Kenny Rains.  Each captain was responsible for assembling their team at the draft, held on-stage at Arkansas State University's Convocation Center auditorium.

With Director of Football Operations Jason Andrews acting as the commissioner for the 13-round draft, each first-round selection was brought on stage for a photo and recognition among their teammates.  The team's were given one-minute to make their first-round selection, followed by 30 seconds for each additional round.

Team Humes took Hayes with the overall No. 1 pick, and four of the eight first-round selections were defensive backs as well.  Following Hayes, junior cornerback Andrew Tryon was taken by Team McKissic and true freshman corner Blaise Taylor was chosen third by Team Brown.  Sophomore safety Money Hunter rounded out the defensive backs to come off the board in the first round, going to Team Lee with the seventh pick.

Junior tight end Darion Griswold was taken by Team Greve at No. 4, while Team Young took junior defensive end Chris Stone at No. 5. Junior punter/kicker Luke Ferguson was the No. 6 choice by Team Knighten and senior offensive lineman Alan Wright completed the first-round by going to Team Rains.

Arkansas State concluded its first spring camp yesterday under Anderson, and will report for fall camp on July 30.  The Red Wolves will open their 2014 season Aug. 30 at home against Montana State.  Season tickets for the 2014 campaign are on sale at the A-State Ticket Office, located at the Convocation Center's lower red entrance.  The ticket office can also be contacted at 870-972-2781 and tickets may be purchased online at




            SEL #   TEAM               PLAYER                       POSITION       CL.       HOMETOWN

1          HUMES              Rocky Hayes                 DB                    Jr.         Heflin, Ala.

2          McKISSIC          Andrew Tryon                DB                    Sr.        Little Rock, Ark.

3          BROWN             Blaise Taylor                 DB                    Fr.        Auburn, Ala.

4          GREVE              Darion Griswold             TE                    Jr.         Dumas, Ark.

5          YOUNG             Chris Stone                    DE                    Jr.         Daleville, Ark.

6          KNIGHTEN        Luke Ferguson               K/P                   Jr.         Jonesboro, Ark.

7          LEE                   Money Hunter                DB                    So.        Prosper, Texas

8          RAINS               Alan Wright                   OL                    Sr.        Cave City, Ark.


SEL #               TEAM               PLAYER                       POSITION       CL.       HOMETOWN

9          RAINS               Stephen Hogan              QB                    Jr.         Greenwood, Ark.

10         LEE                   Dijon Paschal                 WR                   Fr.-R     Tallassee, Ala.

11         KNIGHTEN        A.J. Turner                    LB                    So.        Lepanto, Ark.

12         YOUNG             Brandon Cox                  WR                   Fr.-R     Conway, Ark.

13         GREVE              Colton Jackson               OL                    So.        Ozark, Ark.

14         BROWN             Desmond Stegall            QB                    So.        Searcy, Ark.

15         McKISSIC          Tres Houston                 WR                   Jr.        College Park, Ga.

16         HUMES              Michael Gordon              RB                    Jr.         Camden, Miss.


SEL #               TEAM               PLAYER                       POSITION       CL.       HOMETOWN

17         HUMES              Jamaris Hart                  DB                    Fr.-R     Florence, Ala.

18         McKISSIC          Carl Lee Jr.                    WR                   Fr.-R     Mobile, Ala.

19         BROWN             Jonah Hill                      DL                    Fr.-R     Springfield, Mo.

20         GREVE              Bryce Giddens               OL                    Jr.         Moultrie, Ga.

21         YOUNG             Kyle Coleman                LB                    Sr.        Pine Bluff, Ark.

22         KNIGHTEN        Brad Shearin                  DL                    Jr.         Jonesboro, Ark.

23         LEE                   Booker Mays                 WR                   So.        Pine Bluff, Ark.

24         RAINS               Jemar Clark                   OL                    So.        McCrory, Ark.


SEL #               TEAM               PLAYER                       POSITION       CL.       HOMETOWN

25         RAINS               Charleston Girley           DB                    Jr.         Pine Bluff, Ark.

26         LEE                   Warren Leapheart          TE                    So.        Morrilton, Ark.

27         KNIGHTEN        Austin Moreton               OL                    So.        Fort Smith, Ark.

28         YOUNG             Jabari Mathieu               DE                    Jr.         Gardena, Calif.

29         GREVE              DeKeathan Williams       RB                    So.      West Helena, Ark.

30         BROWN             Johnston White              RB                    Fr.-R     Covington, Tenn.

31         McKISSIC          Jerry Moorehead            TE                    Fr.-R     Camden, Ark.

32         HUMES              Frankie Jackson             DB                    Sr.        Baton Rouge, La.


SEL #               TEAM               PLAYER                       POSITION     CL.       HOMETOWN

33         HUMES              Quanterio Heath             LB                    So.        Rison, Ark.

34         McKISSIC          Devin Mondie                 OL                So.        Olive Branch, Miss.

35         BROWN             Chandler Rogers            QB                Jr.         Brookhaven, Miss.

36         GREVE              TeDarius Turner            DB                    Jr.         Memphis, Tenn.

37         YOUNG             Trent Waters                 LB                    Fr.-R     Knoxville, Tenn.

38         KNIGHTEN        Sterling Stowers             WR                   Fr.-R     Hardy, Ark.

39         LEE                   Cameron Birse               QB                    Fr.-R     Danville, Calif.

40         RAINS               Kendrick Daniels            RB               So.    Sulpher Springs, Texas


SEL #               TEAM               PLAYER                       POSITION       CL.       HOMETOWN

41         RAINS               Irving Adams                 DB                    Fr.        Florence, Ala.

42         LEE                   Darrius Rosser               DL                    So.        Marion, Ark.

43         KNIGHTEN        Geoffrey Anderson         DB                 So.       Heber Springs, Ark.

44         YOUNG             Ja'Von Jones                  DE                    Fr.-R     Mesquite, Texas

45         GREVE              Chris Odom                   DE                    So.        Arlington, Texas

46         BROWN             Ben Gallagher                LB                    Fr.-R     Kansas City, Mo.

47         McKISSIC          Jeremy Fulcher              DB                    Fr.-R     Dallas, Texas

48         HUMES              Mark Johnson                LB                    Fr.-R     Prescott, Ark.


SEL #               TEAM               PLAYER                       POSITION       CL.       HOMETOWN

49         HUMES              Gage Sharp                   LB                  Jr.        The Colony, Texas

50         McKISSIC          Ryan Jacobs                  DB                    Sr.        Evans, Ga.

51         BROWN             Hunter Holmes               P                      Fr.-R     Dallas, Texas

52         GREVE              Raziel Velgis                  DB                    Jr.         El Paso, Texas

53         YOUNG             Brock Barnhill                DB                Sr.        Mountain Home, Ark.

54         KNIGHTEN        Xavier Woodson             LB                    So.        Eufala, Ala.

55         LEE                   Hunter Shantz                DL               So.      Cape Girardeau, Mo.

56         RAINS               Christian Flewellen         TE                    So.    Duncanville, Texas


SEL #               TEAM               PLAYER                       POSITION       CL.       HOMETOWN

57         RAINS               Darius Buckley               LB                    Sr.        Memphis, Tenn.

58         LEE                   Carderious Dean            LB                    Jr.         Byhalia, Miss.

59         KNIGHTEN        Lamarcus Cole               DL                    So.        Little Rock, Ark.

60         YOUNG             William Boyd                 WR                   Sr.        Cave City, Ark.

61         GREVE              Dexter Blackmon            DL                    Sr.        Selma, Ala.

62         BROWN             Kyle Harris                    OL                    Jr.         Lindale, Ga.

63         McKISSIC          Chris Hooks                   DL                    Fr.-R     Stuttgart, Ark.

64         HUMES              Brennan Tutor               OL                    Sr.        Pontotoc, Miss.


SEL #               TEAM               PLAYER                       POSITION       CL.       HOMETOWN

65         HUMES              Noah Pearl                    RB                    Jr.         Kanas City, Mo.

66         McKISSIC          Steven Stevens              OL                    Jr.         Bay Minette, Ala.

67         BROWN             Tyler Gilbertson             DL                    Fr.        Cabot, Ark.

68         GREVE              Marquis Walker              RB                    So.        Rison, Ark.

69         YOUNG             Kejuan Peque                DB                    Fr.-R     Ashdown, Ark.

70         KNIGHTEN        Travis Bodenstein          OL                    Jr.         Springdale, Ark.

71         LEE                   Clifford Thomas             DL                    Fr.-R     Marion, Ark.

72         RAINS               Robert Maxwell              OL                    So.        Little Rock, Ark.


SEL #               TEAM               PLAYER                       POSITION       CL.       HOMETOWN

73         RAINS               Brandon Brockman         TE                    Fr.-R     Jacksonville, Ark.

74         LEE                   Paul Jones                     P                      Jr.         Ballarat,Australia

75         KNIGHTEN        Adam Whalen                OL                    Fr.-R     Lancaster, Calif.

76         YOUNG             Allen Wesley                  DL                    So.        Little Rock, Ark.

77         GREVE              Tyler Hestand                OL                    Fr.-R     Paragould, Ark.

78         BROWN             Ryan Eustace                 DS                 So.    Powder Springs, Ga.

79         McKISSIC          Troy Wyche                   LB                    Fr.-R     Riverdale, Ga.

80         HUMES              Tank Hollingsworth        RB                    Fr.        Berry, Ala.


SEL #               TEAM               PLAYER                       POSITION       CL.       HOMETOWN

81         HUMES              Chuks Ota                     DL                    Fr.        Jonesboro, Ark.

82         McKISSIC          Blake Mack                    WR                   Fr.        Lonoke, Ark.

83         BROWN             Daryl Rollins-Davis         RB                    Fr.        Knoxville, Tenn.

84         GREVE              Brandon Byner               RB                    Fr.        Bessemer, Ala.

85         YOUNG             James Tabary                QB                    Fr.        New Orleans, La.

86         KNIGHTEN        Logan Moragne              RB                    Fr.        Little Rock, Ark.

87         LEE                   Nehemiah Wagner         DB                    Fr.        Mesquite, Texas

88         RAINS               D.J. Armstead                DB                    Fr.        Florence, Ala.


SEL #               TEAM               PLAYER                       POSITION     CL.       HOMETOWN

89         RAINS               Charles Grant                DB                   Fr.       Mesquite, Texas

90         LEE                   Charles Gaskins             DB             Fr.    Tallahassee, Fla.

91         KNIGHTEN        Dallas Kepler                 K                      Fr.        Kennesaw, Ga.

92         YOUNG             Tyler Trosin                   WR                   Jr.         Folsom, Calif.

93         GREVE              Daniel Keith                   OL                    Fr.        Florence, Ala.

94         BROWN             Jarrod Chandler             DE                    Fr.        Barton, Ark.

95         McKISSIC          Kari Lain                       DB                    Fr.        Tyron, Ga.

96         HUMES              Caleb Caston                 DE                 Fr.        Pascagoula, Miss.


SEL #               TEAM               PLAYER                       POSITION       CL.       HOMETOWN

97         HUMES              Kyle Strickland               DL                    Fr.        Brandon, Miss.

98         McKISSIC          Eugene Sutton                DL                    Fr.        Schertz, Texas

99         BROWN             Christian Beard              OL                    Fr.        Waco, Texas

100       GREVE              Marcus Hudson              DL                    Fr.        Manor, Texas

101       YOUNG             Charles Alexander          DL                    Jr.         Pittsburg, Calif.

102       KNIGHTEN        Jhamal Bell                    OL                    Fr.        Warren, Ark.