JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Fredi Knighten graduated as one of Arkansas State's greatest quarterbacks ever.
The Red Wolves know it will be tough to replicate his production
"The big concern is how do you replace Fredi Knighten? You don't," Head Football Coach Blake Anderson said.
Logan Bonner, a Texas high school star is one of the quarterbacks in the 2016 class that will compete for the new starting job.
"We already had Logan Bonner committed early in the summer and we like him more and more every time we saw him. If you look at his numbers he had a great high school career in Texas which is really good ball and he played deep into the playoffs. He fits our system," Anderson said.
Another candidate will be Justice Hansen, a Junior College transfer out of Butler Community college. Hansen was also at Big 12 power Oklahoma before transferring.
"You know Justice Hansen was a guy that really was not on our radar initially. I think later as the season went along for us. We just felt like competition this spring would make everybody better," Anderson said.
Coach Anderson acknowledges that the front runner may be sophomore James Tabary but says it will be an open competition between all three.
"We felt like James Tabary at times played really really well. At times he played like a guy with very little experience," Anderson said.
As for the receivers J.D. McKissic and Tres Houston have graduated, but Coach Anderson is happy with his new class.
"On paper in terms of what they're capable of we have ramped it up another notch in terms of pure out speed on the field. There's not a guy in that room that can't absolutely fly. With guys like Luper that run 20 something in the 200 and has a 25 and a half foot long jumper. Chris Murray who you all so this year may be the fastest guy on the field. Kendall Sanders was a 4.3, 4.4 guy out of high school. McInnis is 6'5 and a 4.4 guy. Chris Booker is 4.3, 4.4," Anderson said.
In all the 2016 signing class consist of 27 players.
A-State has 15 high school players, nine junior college transfers, and three NCAA FBS transfers.
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