11 Red Wolves named to Athlon Sports Preseason All-SBC Team
JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) - Athlon Sports has named 11 Arkansas State players, including six
first-team selections, to its 2014 Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Football Team.
Athlon's preseason squad was made up of a first, second and third team, and the Red Wolves' 11
players chosen were the third most in the league behind South Alabama (13) and Louisiana-Lafayette (12). Junior wide receiver J.D. McKissic
earned recognition at three different positions to give A-State 13 total selections, matching the highest among all teams.
The A-State players named first team included junior running back Michael
Gordon, junior defensive end Chris Stone,
senior linebacker Qushaun Lee, junior corner Rocky
Hayes, senior safety Sterling Young
and McKissic at the kick returner position.
Picking up second-team honors for the Red Wolves were junior quarterback Fredi
Knighten, junior tight end Darion Griswold,
junior center Bryce Giddens and McKissic as both a wide receiver and punt returner.
Senior defensive lineman Dexter
Blackmon and senior corner Artez Brown
both represented Arkansas State on the third team.
Sports' 2014 predicted order of finish in the Sun Belt Conference
landed the Red Wolves
at third behind first-place Louisiana-Lafayette and second-place South
Alabama. Arkansas State has won three consecutive Sun Belt Conference
championships and claimed a victory in each of the last two GoDaddy Bowl
games. It's 28 victories over the last three
seasons are tied for the 20th most in the nation.
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