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Jonesboro, AR -- Heather Flanigan Reports

The Search Continues for ASU's "Red"

April 20, 2007 - Posted at 8:19 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- Being a school mascot is no easy job...wearing a heavy costume can be tough and you can really work up a sweat getting the crowds going.  But, it's a legacy to be filled.  "Red" has placed in the top three in national cheerleading competitions and now ASU is looking for a new "Red" and K8 News was there for the tryouts.

"It helps bring spirit and entertainment to the fans and it kind of gives the kids something to do while they are at the games," said ASU Director of Athletic Marketing Andrea Scott.

Preliminary tryouts held on Friday could change the life of one ASU student...the chance to cheer for the Indians as "Red."

"I can sum it up in one word:  fans.  It's really the reaction of the fans and the reception that you can get," said Kyle Hamsher, the original "Red."

There are some really big shoes to fill...the original "Red" is graduating and hopes to become the face of a professional team.

"Red needs to be someone that's energetic and has a good personality and someone that doesn't mind getting really hot sometimes!" laughed Scott.

So we put our photojournalist Justin Potter to the test.  He traded in the camera for a chance to wear the outfit!

"There are a lot of drawbacks, it's hot, it's up to 50 degrees hotter than you would be in any situation, and it can get up to 150 degrees in the suit.  There's very limited vision, very limited mobility, the head weighs over 15 pounds," said Hamsher.

"It's real hot, real hot!!" said Justin Potter. And while Potter may have decided he's not cut out...we think he has a lot of spirit!

"Red is one that go and interact and really bring to life ASU and really bring something special to the crowd," smiled Scott.

"Red" tryouts will continue this fall.  The person picked to be the mascot also receives a scholarship from ASU.

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