Arkansas State football reflects on bye week, prepares for Texas State

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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Arkansas State is fresh off of an unexpected bye week.

ULM had to postpone the November 14th matchup with the Red Wolves because of COVID-19. It’s rescheduled for December 12th. Red Wolves head coach Blake Anderson said some guys on the mend may be back in action soon.

“We tried to take the extra couple days to just heal some bodies up,” Anderson said in Monday’s weekly press conference. “Couple physical games the last few weeks, some guys have been out: Jarrett Horst, Andre Harris, Marcel Murray. Kenneth Harris, just a handful of guys we’re trying to get back on the field at 100 percent. Dre, Horst, Marcel Murray, Kenny, all those guys are day to day and could potentially be back. We dug ourselves a hole, we need to dig out of it. We want to maintain the winning season streak, the bowl streak. That means we gotta win games to do that.”

3-5 A-State now prepares for a road game at 1-9 Texas State. I asked Anderson what challenges the Bobcats present.

“You know, they scored 38 points against one of the most physically talented groups of guys in our league in Georgia Southern, when you look at the way they’re built on defense," Anderson added. "So that tells you a lot. But mainly just to me, throw the record out the window, look at a group of guys that are getting better every week. Their system creates problems for you. Offensively, they got similar weapons in terms of how to make you stop the run and play coverage. What are you going to do? A mobile quarterback, a lot of different issues. Jake Spavital has always scored points where he’s been. To me, it’s tons of challenges. I don’t look at the record. I think we’re a better team than our record indicates, and I think they are too.”

Arkansas State faces Texas State Saturday in San Marcos. Kickoff is at 2:00pm, the Sun Belt West matchup will be streamed on ESPN3.

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