Blake Anderson addressed team health, following Arkansas State's football practice on Monday, August 15. Coach mentioned Cody Brown has been dinged up, bruised, soreness but nothing serious and sat out out practice today. He added Brown is day-to-day and if not back by Tuesday, certainly will return on Thursday.
Dijon Paschal returned to practice on Monday and Anderson said Paschal looked fine. Chris Murray is listed day-to-day and is doing good according to Coach Anderson.
Coach expects Jonah Hill is recovery from a hamstring injury to be back to full speed work as soon as Tuesday, if not, by Thursday.
When it came to redshirt-senior tight end Warren Leapheart, Anderson didn't have good news to share.
"It's a ruptured achilles and he'll have to have surgery next week and he'll miss the season," Anderson said.
Anderson quickly addressed how the tight end position shapes up; it's now next man up.
"Jonah Hill comes back, Blake Mack was already doing well and we will have to get some playing time out of the young guys. Avery Johnson has looked good and Javonis Isaac, that's what he came in for. They will have to have earlier roles than we expected."
Leapheart was listed third on the depth chart and was making positive strides on the field..
"It's unfortunate for Leap (referring to Warren Leapheart) he was doing really well, it's his senior year. We'll try to get another one back for him but you hate to see a kid go down especially as hard as he's worked to get to this point."
Leapheart's injury impacts formations A-State planned on using this season.
"The ability to be in some two tight end sets, maybe even in three tight end sets, hard for defenses to match up to. We will lose some of that opportunity but fortunately we have enough speed at the wideout spot, maybe we look a bit more ten personnel than we thought, maybe even twenty personnel and take a little bit load off the tight ends."